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65 Directors of Centers for the Destitute Transferred after Graft Probes

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BANGKOK – The Department of Social Development and Welfare and the Public Sector’s Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), the department director-general Mrs Napa Setthakorn told the Thai PBS on Saturday, that a total of 65 directors of the centers for the protection of the destitute have been transferred.

Director-general Mrs. Napa Setthakorn said that disciplinary probes had been carried out against 14 of 65 and, so far, the director of Khon Kaen’s centre for the protection of the destitute which was the first to be exposed of fraudulent practice had been dismissed from government service.

She added that result of disciplinary probe against the director of Chiang Mai’s centre would be known at the end of this month.

Meanwhile, PACC secretary-general Lt-Col Kornthip Darote said that investigations into alleged corruption in 28 centres involving 108 million baht worth of fund were progressing satisfactorily.

He said that 270 officials of the Department of Social Development and Welfare had been investigated by PACC in connection with embezzlement of fund for the destitute people.

PACC, he added, has submitted a list of officials recommended for gross disciplinary actions to the department for consideration.