MPs to de­bate eco­nomic re­forms on Jan­uary 10

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By B Iz­zak

Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem yes­ter­day said that a request by sev­eral MPs to de­bate the gov­ern­ment’s eco­nomic re­form pack­age has been placed on the agenda of the Jan 10 ses­sion for dis­cus­sion. MPs had de­manded that the gov­ern­ment should ex­plain the mea­sures in­cluded in the pack­age, which was de­signed by the gov­ern­ment in the face of fall­ing oil rev­enues and to plug the budget deficit. Op­po­si­tion MPs have vowed that they will strongly op­pose any mea­sure by the gov­ern­ment to raise charges on ser­vices or to tax cit­i­zens to boost non-oil rev­enues.

Sawwagh’s death

Mean­while, op­po­si­tion MP Al-Hu­maidi Al-Subaei said he will de­mand the for­ma­tion of a com­mit­tee to probe the case of the death of for­mer law­maker Falah Al-Sawwagh, who died a few months ago while un­der­go­ing surgery. Subaei said the probe has be­come nec­es­sary af­ter new Health Min­is­ter Ja­mal Al-Harbi re­ferred the case to the pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion to in­ves­ti­gate sus­pected med­i­cal neg­li­gence that led to Sawwagh’s death. MPs paid trib­utes to Sawwagh dur­ing the open­ing ses­sion of the Assem­bly on Sun­day.

Treat­ment abroad

Harbi also said that a com­mit­tee has been formed to re­view de­ci­sions to send Kuwaiti pa­tients for med­i­cal treat­ment abroad and es­tab­lish if the de­ci­sions were in line with the law. The min­is­ter said that if the probe finds that some peo­ple who didn’t de­serve it were sent, the of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble for send­ing them will be pe­nal­ized.

KAC pi­lots

Rap­por­teur of the Assem­bly’s fi­nan­cial and eco­nomic af­fairs com­mit­tee MP Safa Al-Hashem said the panel dis­cussed yes­ter­day the case of 38 Kuwait Air­ways pi­lots who were forced to do other gov­ern­ment jobs as part of im­ple­ment­ing the KAC pri­va­ti­za­tion law. Hashem said that the pi­lots and the min­is­ter of hous­ing and util­i­ties at­tended the meet­ing to see how the pi­lots can be re­in­stated.

She said that KAC man­age­ment has ap­plied the law in a wrong way and the pi­lots should not be forced to leave the na­tional car­rier. Hashem said that the min­is­ter asked for time un­til Dec 25 to dis­cuss the is­sue and meet with the panel. She said that a num­ber of MPs will file to amend two ar­ti­cles in the law re­lated to ap­point­ments, adding she was not wor­ried about the op­po­si­tion of the ad­mi­nis-

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