Minister denies suspending aid to non-Kuwaitis’ wives
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.
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.
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