Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (R) presents his policy statement to the parliament (Source:bangkokpost.com)

Bangkok (VNA) - The Parliament of Thailand on July 25 began a two-day meeting, during which Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha delivered a policy statement of the new Government.

Opposition parliamentarians quickly told him to read it out word by word, as regulation requires, and not deliver it in a debate style.

According to local media, Prayut said the government would ensure income for farmers, as well as take appropriate measures to stabilise prices of agricultural products.

He affirmed that the government will continue to maintain a high-standard financial discipline, promote tax reforms to expand tax calculation basis and increase efficiency of the tax collection system.

In the ensuing debate, opposition parliaments criticised policies of the Government, saying that Prayut's Government only offered an outline without revealing enough details to the Parliament members.

Information published in local media before the meeting said Prayut's policy statement aims to make Thailand a developed country through 12 urgent policies and 12 long-term ones, focusing on the East Economic Corridor (EEC) project.

He also pledged to develop the country to move out of the middle-income trap during his tenure.         

Thailand's new cabinet, consisting of 39 seats with 36 members, took their oath on July 16. Under the Thai Constitution, within 15 days of taking office, the government will have to present its policy statement to the Parliament, orienting the country's development in the next four years.-VNA