Union sounds con­cern as shrimp­ing sea­son starts

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shal Al-Enezi

Head of Kuwait Fish­er­men Union Tha­her Al-Suwayan an­nounced yes­ter­day the be­gin­ning of the shrimp­ing sea­son which starts to­day, and wished fish­er­men a good har­vest. Mean­while, he said that the union was shocked to learn that the In­te­rior Min­istry went back to a pre­vi­ous or­der to al­low fish­er­men to leave ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters and re­turn back from in­ter­na­tional bor­ders only us­ing their orig­i­nal pass­port, in­stead of their civil IDs. Ac­cord­ing Suwayan, fish­er­men are now re­quired to take their pass­ports with them dur­ing their fish­ing trips, and have the exit stamp on it when they leave to in­ter­na­tional wa­ters then have it stamped again when they reen­ter ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters. This prac­tice was stopped be­fore the start of this year’s shrimp­ing sea­son be­cause it caused many prob­lems to fish­er­men last year, Suwayan, not­ing that the re­in­state­ment of this prac­tice means that many ex­pa­tri­ate fish­er­men will aban­don their jobs, thus caus­ing huge losses to Kuwaiti fish­er­men.

MP Mubarak Al-Ha­jraf sub­mit­ted a pro­posal by which state em­ploy­ees are paid com­pen­sa­tions in ex­change for their an­nual leaves as long as they have at least 60 days in their leave bal­ance not count­ing the cur­rent year’s leave. This prac­tice is al­ready fol­lowed with uni­formed em­ploy­ees, Ha­jraf, said, de­mand­ing that civil­ian work­ers be treated equally in this re­spect.

Deputy Premier and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sheikh Khalid Al-Jar­rah Al-Sabah is­sued a de­ci­sion ap­point­ing Ma­jor Gen­eral Far­raj Al-Zubi as the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Sen­tences Im­ple­men­ta­tion De­part­ment. He also trans­ferred Ma­jor Gen­eral Ma­jid Al-Ma­jid and his As­sis­tant Ma­jor Gen­eral Salem Al-Ehaimer to the Min­istry’s Di­wan from the Gen­eral Direc­torate for In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity.

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