Dis­abled cit­i­zens’ al­lowances not sus­pended: Of­fi­cial

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

Di­rec­tor of the Pub­lic Author­ity for the Dis­abled Dr Shafiqa Al-Awadhi strongly de­nied in­ten­tions to sus­pend al­lowances given to dis­abled cit­i­zens and stressed that the op­po­site was true and that the author­ity is work­ing on ex­pand­ing the ben­e­fits the dis­abled get through con­tacts with var­i­ous state bod­ies and train­ing them to be­come ef­fec­tive in build­ing Kuwait. Speak­ing on the side­lines of ex­plain­ing the re­assess­ment process in progress over the dis­abled files, Awadhi said that law num­ber 8/2010 states the need to re­assess all cases when­ever pos­si­ble and ac­cord­ing to pos­si­ble changes to their dis­abil­i­ties, be­cause some cases clas­si­fied as mild might de­velop into medium or se­vere over time. Awadhi added that 10,000 files had been re­viewed so far and re­as­sured dis­abled cit­i­zens that what is hap­pen­ing was a merely or­ga­ni­za­tional move be­cause many cases were in vi­o­la­tions and oth­ers had passed away, while their al­lowances are still be­ing col­lected by their fam­ily.

Re­spon­si­bil­i­ties

Kuwait Mu­nic­i­pal­ity asked the Pub­lic Author­ity for Agri­cul­tural Af­fairs and Fish Re­sources (PAAAFR) and the Pub­lic Author­ity of In­dus­try (PAI) to pre­pare for shift­ing the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties with­drawn from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to them as per the Cab­i­net de­ci­sion in the new mu­nic­i­pal­ity law num­ber 33/2016. In both let­ters, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s act­ing di­rec­tor Ab­dul­lah Emadi called for im­me­di­ate meet­ings with both bod­ies to ar­range for the trans­fer. Emadi ex­plained that re­spon­si­bil­i­ties trans­ferred to PAI in­cluded is­su­ing li­censes and su­per­vis­ing scrap mar­kets, while those trans­ferred to PAAAFR in­clude is­su­ing li­censes and su­per­vis­ing poul­try, live an­i­mals and home aquar­ium fish.

Barghash’s cit­i­zen­ship

The court of cas­sa­tion yes­ter­day with­held a re­quest filed to dis­qual­ify the judge hear­ing the case of with­draw­ing for­mer MP Ab­dul­lah Al-Barghash’s cit­i­zen­ship pend­ing a fur­ther hear­ing on Dec 12 to look into the re­quest. Separately, the crim­i­nal court yes­ter­day sen­tenced two blog­gers to two years in jail with la­bor or KD 1,000 bail each to sus­pend the ver­dict over charges of blas­phem­ing HH the Amir. The court also sen­tenced an IS-af­fil­i­ated per­son to eight years in jail with la­bor.

Sys­tem up­date

The Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try an­nounced that it is cur­rently up­dat­ing and au­tomat­ing the sub­si­dized sup­plies sys­tem in or­der ex­clude cit­i­zens who have died, those hold­ing ex­pired civil IDs or have do­mes­tic la­bor­ers with ex­pired IDs.

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