Sub­si­dies is­sue still un­der con­sid­er­a­tion: Fi­nance Min­istry

Fake ex­pat ab­scond­ing re­ports de­tected

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

KUWAIT: The Fi­nance Min­istry yes­ter­day strongly stressed that a study on sub­si­dies was still in progress, and that the con­cerned com­mit­tee and the gov­ern­ment had not made any re­lated de­ci­sions ex­cept that of repric­ing petrol and diesel. A com­mit­tee that in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives from sev­eral state de­part­ments is cur­rently study­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of pro­pos­als to cut or re­duce the sub­si­diza­tion of some ser­vices. The min­istry also de­nied news re­ports about fi­nan­cial re­forms, sus­pend­ing sub­si­dized items and sell­ing two blocks in Khai­tan through a pub­lic auc­tion.

Com­ment­ing on news about sus­pend­ing sub­si­dized sup­plies for those who re­ceive salaries equal to or higher than KD 1,300, the Cab­i­net’s con­sid­er­a­tion of new fi­nan­cial re­forms, fur­ther gas price in­creases and in­creas­ing elec­tric­ity fees, the min­istry said that the com­mit­tee en­trusted with study­ing dif­fer­ent types of sub­si­dies was still study­ing them through a spe­cial­ized com­pany hired for this rea­son.

The state­ment also de­nied in­ten­tions to re­claim the KD 325 mil­lion al­ready paid to take over lands in blocks three and four in Khai­tan to re­sell them in an auc­tion, not­ing that the cab­i­net was still con­sid­er­ing the is­sue. Fi­nally, the fi­nance min­istry urged all me­dia and news­pa­pers to ver­ify any sto­ries re­lated to pub­lic con­cerns, es­pe­cially those re­lated to sub­si­dies, and be more ac­cu­rate about them.

Fake re­ports

Well-in­formed sources at the Man­power Pub­lic Author­ity an­nounced de­tect­ing some fake ab­scond­ing re­ports filed against ex­pa­tri­ate work­ers, adding that some spon­sors usu­ally use such mea­sures to avoid be­ing fined for not pay­ing over­due salaries. The sources added that some spon­sors file such re­ports against la­bor­ers al­though the lat­ter are punc­tual in their work, adding that in a bid to do both sides jus­tice, all such re­ports would be re­viewed by a spe­cial com­mit­tee to de­ter­mine which ones are true and which ones are ma­li­cious. The sources added that em­ploy­ers have re­quested ex­tend­ing the dead­line to de­posit salaries in lo­cal banks be­yond the 10th of each month so that they could avoid de­lays that even­tu­ally end up in the form of com­plaints filed against them.

Am­bas­sador sen­tenced

The crim­i­nal court yes­ter­day sen­tenced a Kuwaiti am­bas­sador to seven years with la­bor and dis­missal from of­fice and sen­tenced an­other to five years with la­bor and dis­missal from of­fice. The court also sen­tenced them both to pay back the sum of KD 269,045 and a fine of KD 592,000 for pub­lic fund vi­o­la­tion-re­lated charges. The crim­i­nal court also sen­tenced a prom­i­nent businessman and three oth­ers to three years with la­bor over charges of forgery.

Chance for rain

The me­te­o­rol­ogy depart­ment pre­dicted the weather on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day to be cloudy with very good chances of rain in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try.

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