Thailand to raise salaries for lawmakers, government officials

21:00, December 14, 2010      

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Thailand's cabinet agreed Tuesday to raise salaries of lawmakers by 14 percent and those of government officials by five percent next year.

Salaries of members of the House of Representatives and senators will be raised by 14.3-14.7 percent, deputy government spokesman Marut Masayavanich told a press conference after the weekly cabinet meeting.

Salaries of government officials will be increased across-the- board by five percent, beginning in April 2011, he said.

The new salaries for senators will become effective next April, but those for members of the House of Representatives will be applied to the members elected in the next general election due in 2011 so as to avoid criticism that current members endorsed the increase of their own salaries.

Members of the House of Representatives and senators presently receive a basic 62,000 baht (2,066 U.S. dollars) in monthly salary plus a 42,330 baht (1,411 dollars) monthly allowance.

In the new pay scale, their basic salary will be raised to 71, 230 baht (2,374 dollars).

Source: Xinhua
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