The Thai government's allocation of 8.76 billion baht (US$262 million) for the monarchy in the next fiscal year survived unprecedented calls for cuts by opposition lawmakers during parliamentary proceedings that concluded on Sunday (Aug 22).
The questions over the royal budget in parliament's lower house followed criticism of the monarchy and calls to curb its powers at youth-led protests last year.
The Royal Palace did not respond to questions on the challenge to the royal budget.
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The government lawmakers in parliament did not comment on opposition lawmakers' calls for royal budget cuts.
The budget for royal agencies for the next fiscal year is for a 2.4 per cent cut compared to the previous year.
It is the first reduction since all monarchy-related agencies were combined in 2017 after the succession of King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
Opposition lawmakers from the Move Forward Party said the allocated budget lacks clear details and should therefore be subject to cuts ranging from 15 per cent to 40 per cent based on the budgeting of these agencies prior to the merger and because funds may be needed elsewhere due to the COVID-19 crisis.