MP de­mands re­in­stat­ing dis­missed bedoon of­fi­cers

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

KUWAIT: Chair­man of the par­lia­ment’s de­fense and in­te­rior com­mit­tee MP Askar Al-Enezi urged Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sheikh Khaled Al-Jar­rah AlSabah to reap­point bedoons (state­less) who he said were dis­missed from the in­te­rior min­istry, de­scrib­ing the de­ci­sion to ter­mi­nate peo­ple with over 25 years of ser­vice as un­fair and in­com­pre­hen­si­ble, es­pe­cially since the dis­charged bedoon of­fi­cers have fam­i­lies to sup­port and are still needed to meet a mil­i­tary per­son­nel short­age.

Mean­while, MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei said he will pro­pose writ­ing off in­ter­est on re­tirees’ loans be­cause in­ter­est is against sharia. He promised to pur­sue the com­ple­tion of the sec­ond pub­lic univer­sity as well as es­tab­lish a third one in Jahra and a fourth in Ah­madi.

Work­ing to­gether

In the mean­time, MP Yousef Al-Fad­ha­lah urged all his col­leagues to for­get about their pre­vi­ous dis­agree­ments and start work­ing on achiev­ing peo­ple’s as­pi­ra­tions. Fad­ha­lah added that the gov­ern­ment has to show more com­mit­ment to­wards cut­ting spend­ing and stressed that this starts with pre­vent­ing wastage of pub­lic funds. He also promised to open the over­seas treat­ment is­sue and in­ves­ti­gate “the pre­vi­ous touris­tic med­i­cal trips” and cor­rup­tion within the Min­istry of Health, in­clud­ing in con­struc­tion projects. In ad­di­tion, Fad­ha­lah urged the new min­is­ters to work on fight­ing cor­rup­tion. “We have too much cor­rup­tion and it ought to be dis­cussed in pub­lic ses­sions and not be­hind closed doors,” he con­cluded. Sep­a­rately, MP Rakan Al-Nisf said that cor­rup­tion at the Min­istry of Health will be ex­ces­sively dis­cussed in the par­lia­ment and called on new Min­is­ter Dr Ja­mal Al-Harbi to fight cor­rup­tion.

Also yes­ter­day, MP Safa Al-Hashem, rap­por­teur of the par­lia­ment’s fi­nan­cial com­mit­tee, called for dis­cussing Kuwait Air­ways’ de­ci­sion to dis­charge some Kuwaiti pi­lots and trans­fer them to work in other bod­ies. Hashem urged the gov­ern­ment to de­fine the du­ties of the new­lyestab­lished min­istry of state for util­i­ties and whether th­ese ser­vices will in­clude elec­tric­ity and water, for in­stance.

Wed­ding halls

The Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor’s As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for De­vel­op­ment Has­san Kathem said that since the ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ci­sion num­ber 1291/2015 went in ef­fect and the min­istry started tak­ing over the man­age­ment of vi­o­lat­ing wed­ding halls, 25 had so far been taken over to be run by the min­istry’s com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment depart­ment.

“Ten halls be­long to co-ops and 15 be­long to in­di­vid­u­als,” he ex­plained. Kathem ex­plained there are 69 wed­ding halls in Kuwait in­clud­ing 18 owned by co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties and 51 do­nated by in­di­vid­u­als. “The min­istry will even­tu­ally take over all the halls, but will start with the ones vi­o­lat­ing the de­ci­sion and which have ig­nored re­peated warn­ings,” he said, not­ing that the min­istry will not tol­er­ate turn­ing the halls into in­vest­ment projects only con­cerned with mak­ing prof­its.

— KUNA

KUWAIT: His High­ness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah met with Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Mar­zouq Ali Al-Ghanem at Seif Palace yes­ter­day.

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