The prime minister has voiced his delight with the government’s provision of 5.7 million rai of land for local citizens to make a livelihood, and the government is continuing to solve land issues that impact diverse groups of people. He also gave his approval to redraw the boundaries of 11 provinces.
This week, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over a meeting of the national land policy committee, during which he pressed all involved parties to keep working to resolve their competing claims. This would be the case for any duplications that occur between government departments or between the government and private people.
The prime minister also requested that the appropriate agencies keep working to improve the lot of individuals who cannot afford farmland.
To date, the committee has defined approximately 1,500 target locations totaling 5.7 million rai of land in 70 provinces around the country, as the prime minister said. The government has approved development in 419 separate zones totaling 1.5 million rai. A total of about 78,000 people have settled on roughly 96,500 parcels of the land distributed over 350 priority locations. Meanwhile, efforts to boost employment opportunities have been launched in 270 priority locales spread throughout 65 states.
A new map with a scale of 1:4000 has been approved for use at the conference, showing the geographical boundaries of eleven different states. To name a few: Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, Prachinburi, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Chaiyaphum, Sa Kaeo, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani, Phetchabun, and Loei. Specific land-use restrictions associated with Khao Yai National Park will be waived.
The committee also approved recommendations for settling a border dispute between Phra Thaen Dong Rang forest park and Phra Thaen Dong Rang Temple in Kanchanaburi and Thap Lan national park.