New NOB director appointed

The cabinet on Tuesday (Sept 5) approved the appointment of Manus Tharatjai, director-general of the Culture Ministry's Religious Affairs Department, as new director of the National Office of Buddhism (NOB), assistant government spokesman Col Athisit Chainuwat said.

Mr Manus was nominated for the top NOB post by Prime Minister's Office Minister Ormsin Chivapruck, with approval from Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam. He is due to retire from government service in October 2018.

The appointment will take effect from the day a royal command is published in the Royal Gazette.

Mr Manus will replace Pol Lt Col Pongporn Pramsaneh who was transferred to the PM's Office Ministry as an inspector-general on Aug 29.

The transfer came amid controversy relevant to frauds of temple subsidies by senior officials at the office.

However, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made clear that the director was transferred to the PM's Office because he has accomplished some work in resolving the monastic affairs and therefore he wanted the director to work closely with him to reform Buddhism.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)