On October 14, 2021, Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin assigned Permanent Secretary of Labour Mr. Boonchob Suttamanaswong to visit and inspect government operations in Khon Kaen Province. Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan led the delegation, which listened to a report on the water situation in the area by Governor of Khon Kaen Province Mr. Somsak Changtrakul and relevant departments. The first point was the Khon Kaen City Hall meeting room, Nai Mueang Subdistrict, Mueang District. The second point was Phothi Throne Temple, Ban Don Daeng, Don Han Subdistrict, Mueang District, Khon Kaen Province, to meet community leaders and donate 300 relief bags and five floating restrooms by the Ministry of Labour to the flood victims. The Department of Skills Development’s Director-General, Mr. Prateep Songlamyong, and labour volunteers from Khon Kaen provinces have a welcoming and delivered drinking water to the flood victims. General Prawit encouraged the labour volunteers in Khon Kaen, who welcomed and supported the flood victims. The labor volunteers have a mission to coordinate labor services in the area, providing people with jobs, skills, careers, and income, ensuring protection and sustainable social security. Currently, there are 8,110 labour volunteers nationwide. The third point was at Ban Thep Buranaram Temple, Ban Nong Bua Dee Mee, Moo 20, Tha Phra Sub-district, Mueang Khon Kaen District, Khon Kaen Province, where they met community leaders and gave 300 relief bags to the victims.
Mr. Boonchob said that today, he was assigned by the Labour Minister to urge government agencies under the Ministry of Labour in Khon Kaen Province to work with relevant agencies to expedite rehabilitation after the flood, according to the mission of each agency. The Provincial Employment Office will provide employment and occupational promotion services. The Provincial Labour Office will organize an urgent employment and skill development project, support compensation, and provide professional training materials for continuous income. The Provincial Labour Protection and Welfare Office will provide advice on rights under the labour protection laws. Additionally, the Provincial Social Security Office will take care of benefits for the victims according to their social security rights. It will organize a team of doctors and nurses from hospitals in the network to provide initial care services in the affected areas.
Khon Kaen provinces have a workforce of 845,260, comprising 826,065 employed workers, 19,195 unemployed workers, and 8,360 foreign workers. There are 6,214 companies under social security with 221,293 insured workers and 686,611 informal workers. Areas in 16 districts were impacted, including 73 sub-districts, 729 villages, 24,189 households, and 62,901 people, most of whom are agricultural workers. Currently, seven districts are in normal condition. According to the information from the Bureau of Irrigation 6, it is expected that the situation will be resolved in all areas by October 21-22.
Division of Public Relations
14 October 2021