Min­is­ter de­nies sus­pend­ing aid to non-Kuwaitis’ wives

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

KUWAIT: Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor and Min­is­ter of State for De­vel­op­ment and Plan­ning Hind Al-Subaih said the to­tal so­cial aid paid by the min­istry jumped from KD 119 mil­lion to KD 260 mil­lion in past five years, and that the aver­age aid paid per per­son var­ied be­tween KD 559 and 800. Subaih added that the to­tal num­ber of Kuwaiti women mar­ried to nonKuwaitis re­ceiv­ing so­cial aid is 1,255, who re­ceived KD 9,000,579, as per Oct sta­tis­tics. Subaih de­nied re­ports which spec­u­lated that she made a de­ci­sion to sus­pend aid to Kuwaiti women mar­ried to nonKuwaitis ex­cept those who had not up­dated their in­for­ma­tion.

“Ac­cord­ing to Oc­to­ber sta­tis­tics, we have 672 Kuwaiti women mar­ried to Saudis, 401 mar­ried to state­less men, 46 mar­ried to Iraqis, 40 mar­ried to Syr­i­ans, 26 mar­ried to Ira­ni­ans, 13 mar­ried to Egyp­tians, nine mar­ried to Ye­me­nis, eight mar­ried to Cana­di­ans, seven mar­ried to Jor­da­ni­ans, four mar­ried to Oma­nis, three mar­ried to Le­banese, two mar­ried to Liberi­ans, two mar­ried to Qataris, two mar­ried to Pak­ista­nis, two mar­ried to Afghans and in­di­vid­ual cases mar­ried to an Eritrean, a Cha­dian, an Emi­rati, a Ger­man, an Aus­tralian, a Moroc­can, an In­dian and a Dane,” she ex­plained, not­ing that aid for only 94 women was sus­pended, and that chil­dren of these women are not en­ti­tled to any aid be­cause they are not Kuwaiti cit­i­zens.

Fatal crash

A cit­i­zen was killed in an ac­ci­dent along Ab­daly high­way, said se­cu­rity sources, adding that an­other cit­i­zen in­jured in a sep­a­rate ac­ci­dent on the same day and was mede­vacked. Cases were filed to in­ves­ti­gate the ac­ci­dents.

Five cen­ters

The Man­power and Gov­ern­ment Re­struc­tur­ing Pro­gram an­nounced open­ing five cen­ters in var­i­ous ar­eas to meet the needs of ap­pli­cants us­ing the pro­gram’s sys­tems. The cen­ters’ man­ager Mariam Al-Enezi said these cen­ters pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive ser­vices un­der one roof in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate the pro­ce­dures cit­i­zens have to go through in pro­cess­ing their trans­ac­tions and save time in col­lect­ing their so­cial al­lowances as well as re­duce pres­sure on the pro­gram’s main cen­ter.

The Min­istry of Pub­lic Work’s as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for roads en­gi­neer­ing Ahmed Al-Has­san said parts of Ja­mal Ab­dul Nasser Road have been com­pleted and that will be par­tially opened in three phases. Has­san added that the first phase cov­er­ing the seg­ment near the ports com­plex ad­min­is­tra­tion and head­ing to­wards Gar­nata will open on Nov 30; the sec­ond phase link­ing the road with the hos­pi­tals road will open on Dec 15; and the third seg­ment cov­er­ing four kilo­me­ters head­ing from Gar­nata to Kuwait City will open on Jan 30, 2017.

So­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Hind Al-Subaih

Par­tial open­ing

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