Draft law calls to halt work if mer­cury hits 50

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By B Iz­zak

Is­lamist op­po­si­tion MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei yes­ter­day pro­posed a draft law call­ing to halt work at gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, uni­ver­si­ties and schools when the tem­per­a­ture hits 50 de­grees Cel­sius as mea­sured by the of­fi­cial me­te­o­rol­ogy de­part­ment. The bill does not ap­ply to pri­vate sec­tor es­tab­lish­ments. The bill stip­u­lates that work will be halted im­me­di­ately once the tem­per­a­ture reaches 50 de­grees and that all con­cerned bod­ies and in­sti­tu­tions must be pro­vided with dis­plays to show the ex­act of­fi­cial tem­per­a­ture.

Tabtabaei said in the ex­plana­tory note of the bill that it aims at pro­vid­ing protection to em­ploy­ees against harsh en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors, es­pe­cially ex­tremely hot days in the sum­mer months. He said the draft law re­quires au­thor­i­ties to take all nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions to pro­tect em­ploy­ees and stu­dents from the heat by send­ing them home when the tem­per­a­ture reaches this mark. Tem­per­a­tures hit 50 de­grees Cel­sius sev­eral times dur­ing the sum­mer months from May to Septem­ber. The mer­cury has al­ready ex­ceeded 50 de­grees a few days this year.

Mean­while, five law­mak­ers yes­ter­day submitted a draft law to reg­u­late and or­ga­nize char­ity so­ci­eties and fundrais­ing oper­a­tions, which pro­poses hefty jail terms for vi­o­la­tors. It calls for the es­tab­lish­ment of a com­mit­tee com­prised of the un­der­sec­re­taries of the min­istries of so­cial af­fairs, in­te­rior, fi­nance and for­eign af­fairs, in ad­di­tion to heads of a num­ber of con­cerned de­part­ments.

The com­mit­tee will reg­u­late, su­per­vise and mon­i­tor the rais­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion of char­ity funds in­side and out­side the coun­try. The com­mit­tee will also file law­suits against vi­o­la­tors. The com­mit­tee will also re­ceive ap­pli­ca­tions to li­cense fundrais­ing cam­paigns. Ap­pli­cants must ex­plain the pur­pose of the cam­paign and where the money will be spent. The draft law bans col­lect­ing do­na­tions for armed groups or for groups with prin­ci­ples and ob­jec­tives op­posed to Kuwaiti laws or groups clas­si­fied as ter­ror­ist ones by Kuwait or other states.

The bill also bans rais­ing char­ity for the pur­pose of pur­chas­ing arms for any pur­pose or any other ma­te­rial banned in Kuwait or by the coun­try where the funds will be spent. The law bars rais­ing funds to sup­port mil­i­tary ac­tiv­i­ties out­side Kuwait, as only the min­istries of de­fense and in­te­rior are au­tho­rized to raise char­ity for mil­i­tary ac­tiv­i­ties in­side or out­side the coun­try. The law bans col­lect­ing money by cash or through bank trans­fers and re­stricts col­lec­tion to ATM de­vices. Vi­o­la­tors of var­i­ous pro­vi­sions of the pro­posed law are sub­ject to jail terms rang­ing from three to seven years - to be dou­bled in case of rep­e­ti­tion. The new pro­posed law dif­fers from the ex­ist­ing law in bar­ring any do­na­tions for armed groups or those clas­si­fied as ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions.

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