Cabinet nod for state officials to join mass ordination for late King Rama IX

The cabinet on Tuesday (Sept 5) approved a proposal by the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) for state officials to take leave under a mass ordination programme as a tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, assistant government spokesman Col Athisit Chainuwat said.

Those eligible to take leave for this purpose are all types of officials including permanent and temporarily officials hired under contracts as well as employees of state enterprises.

The leave period is between Oct 16-30, which will not be deducted from regular leave days. This will also not affect their normal pay.

Officials who seek to take leave under this programme will not be stripped off the right to take leave to be ordained as Buddhist monks in the future.

However, after being ordained, they are required to take part in religious activities organised by various government agencies or monastic committees.

On July 20, the Supreme Sangha Council agreed to organise a mass ordination of 89 monks in each province between Oct 16-30 as a tribute to the late King.

The ordination ceremonies must be simple in line with the economic sufficiency philosophy.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)