Furore as monthly stipends for some el­derly dis­abled Kuwaiti cit­i­zens cut 50 ki­los hashish, 6,000 drug pills seized

KD 559 monthly al­lowance for 319 ben­e­fi­cia­ries mulled

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 24: The Public Au­thor­ity for Dis­abled Af­fairs (PADA) has asked el­derly Kuwaitis, who are above 65 years of age and who are not re­ceiv­ing monthly al­lowance based on the rules and reg­u­la­tions is­sued by it, to visit the Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs and de­mand the pay­ment of el­derly pen­sion, re­ports Al-Qabas daily.

The is­sue re­lated to the el­derly Kuwaitis who be­long to this cat­e­gory has ex­panded with the of­fi­cials con­firm­ing the le­gal­ity of the pro­ce­dures as per which any dis­burse­ment made to them is be­ing con­sid­ered as debt and must be re­funded. This led the daily to legally ques­tion the mat­ter and de­ter­mine its as­pects through the Di­rec­tor of the au­thor­ity Dr. Shafiqa Al-Awadhi.

In this con­text, Lawyer Ab­du­laziz Arab ex­pressed his sur­prise that the com­mis­sion stopped such an al­lowance and con­sid­ered what was pre­vi­ously paid to them as a debt.

He said, “The al­lowance of one of the af­fected peo­ple — the poet Ab­dul­latif Al-Ban­nai — had been stopped re­cently, de­spite the pres­ence of a dis­abil­ity cer­tifi­cate. He had re­ceived the al­lowance on a monthly ba­sis ac­cord­ing to the let­ter is­sued by the au­thor­ity and the in­sti­tu­tion that dis­bursed it, which is the Public In­sti­tu­tion for So­cial Se­cu­rity.

Law No. 8/2010 ex­plic­itly spec­i­fies that ev­ery dis­abled per­son is en­ti­tled to a monthly al­lowance, as long as he is not cured of his dis­abil­ity and has no fixed in­come.

The Con­sti­tu­tion guar­an­tees the pro­vi­sion of aid in the event of ill­ness or old age. The per­son may not have any other source of in­come, as in the case of Al-Ban­nai.

In this re­gard, the au­thor­ity has asked the af­fected in­di­vid­u­als to visit the Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs and re­quest for the el­derly pen­sion.

Fur­ther­more, Lawyer Arab in­di­cated that there are many ex­am­ples of cit­i­zens who are over 65 years old, hold a dis­abil­ity cer­tifi­cate and whose pay­ments had been stopped.

He stressed that with­draw­ing their money from the bank un­der the pre­text of in­debt­ed­ness with­out prior no­tice is a cat­a­strophic mat­ter, es­pe­cially since “this step came based on the dis­abil­ity au­thor­ity’s reg­u­la­tion, which did not con­sider the law even though the lat­ter is higher than the reg­u­la­tion”.

Lawyer Arab also ex­pressed sur­prise at “the con­tin­u­a­tion of the pay­ment of driver’s al­lowance of KD 100 per month, de­spite the sus­pen­sion of al­lowance for those who have a valid dis­abil­ity cer­tifi­cate!”

Mean­while, Di­rec­tor of PADA Dr. Shafiqa Al-Awadhi stressed the keen­ness of the au­thor­ity to im­ple­ment reg­u­la­tions that may not be over­looked or can­celed retroac­tively, adding, “Even if there is an er­ror in the dis­burse­ment, the er­ror must be cor­rected and the

The Min­istry of the In­te­rior an­nounced per­son­nel from the Gen­eral Depart­ment for Drugs Con­trol (GDDC) have ar­rested an uniden­ti­fied bedoun and seized from him a large quan­tity of nar­cotic drugs and psy­chotropic sub­stances, re­ports Al-Rai daily.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion said the

public funds must be re­cov­ered, as there are su­per­vi­sory bod­ies that look into public money.”

She ex­plained that, “The Public In­sti­tu­tion for So­cial Se­cu­rity is in charge of pay­ment and re­cov­ery. The one that made the re­cov­ery is this in­sti­tu­tion based upon a re­quest from the au­thor­ity in or­der to pre­serve public funds. How­ever, the way the re­cov­ery was made was ac­cord­ing to that in­sti­tu­tion’s rules and reg­u­la­tions.”

Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and State Min­is­ter for Eco­nomic Af­fairs Maryam Al-Aqeel says a study is on­go­ing to de­ter­mine the ar­rest came af­ter per­son­nel from the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment (CID) re­ceived a tip-off that the sus­pect was pro­mot­ing drugs in Al-Naseem area, and af­ter get­ting search and ar­rest war­rant from the Public Pros­e­cu­tion, his res­i­dence was searched and found in his pos­ses­sion 50 ki­los of

pos­si­bil­ity of dis­burs­ing so­cial as­sis­tance of KD 559 per month to 319 ben­e­fi­cia­ries whose dis­abil­ity pen­sions have been dis­con­tin­ued due to vi­o­la­tion of the dis­abil­ity rules and reg­u­la­tions, and the ap­pli­ca­tion of the el­derly law for cases ex­cluded from the public aid law is be­ing stud­ied.

In a state­ment is­sued re­cently, the min­is­ter af­firmed that this study was launched based on the di­rec­tives of His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, clar­i­fy­ing that the as­sis­tance will be of­fered to those among the afore­men­tioned 319 hashish and 6,000 psy­chotropic pills and an un­li­censed firearm, 6,000 di­nars in cash and a sen­si­tive scale.

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, he con­fessed to traf­fick­ing in drugs. The con­tra­band and the sus­pect have been re­ferred to the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties.

cases on whom the public as­sis­tance law ap­plies.

She said, “Through pe­ri­odic re­view of the files, the dis­abled af­fairs au­thor­ity has dis­cov­ered some cases on which the dis­abil­ity law does not ap­ply. Pen­sions had been dis­bursed to them in vi­o­la­tion of the rel­e­vant rules and reg­u­la­tions.”

Al-Aqeel added, “Nec­es­sary le­gal ac­tion has been taken to sus­pend the of­fender in the au­thor­ity from work­ing and to re­fer him to the Public Pros­e­cu­tion in July, as well as to work on re­cov­er­ing the amounts that have been dis­bursed.”

The ‘bedoun’ sus­pect with the con­tra­band found in his pos­ses­sion.

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