Pub­lic sec­tor re­mains most at­trac­tive for cit­i­zens: Min­is­ter

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

So­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Hind Al-Sabeeh said that eco­nomic cir­cum­stances that ac­com­pa­nied the drop in oil prices and the large gap in in­cen­tives be­tween the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors have in­creased de­mand to work in the pub­lic sec­tor. She said in an an­swer to a par­lia­men­tary ques­tion that the Jaber Al-Ah­mad Hos­pi­tal is on the 2016/2017 an­nual plan as con­struc­tion work ex­tended be­yond the 2015/2016 an­nual plan. Sabeeh said the devel­op­ment plan aims at cre­at­ing 6,601 ad­di­tional jobs, which was not to­tally ful­filled due to the eco­nomic cir­cum­stances.

Mean­while, MP Khalid Al-Otaibi ex­pressed re­gret over de­vel­op­ments at the So­cial Af­fairs Min­istry, ad­ding that the min­is­ter is tak­ing the min­istry from bad to worse. He re­jected the cen­tral pol­icy and re­duc­ing of­fi­cials’ au­thor­i­ties. “We warned against the pres­ence of non-co­op­er­a­tive min­is­ters,” the law­maker said, and asked for a widerang­ing gov­ern­ment change so that min­is­ters’ per­for­mance is up to the am­bi­tions of MPs and the peo­ple. He said he re­jected the min­is­ter’s pol­icy at the dis­abled au­thor­ity with re­gards to ‘hu­mil­i­at­ing cit­i­zens’ and ma­li­cious ac­tion to­wards their rights. Fur­ther­more, he ac­cused the min­is­ter of still want­ing to harm unions and de­lib­er­ately stopped ap­provals of unions and in­ter­fered in their work, forc­ing them to re­sort to the ju­di­ciary.

Par­lia­men­tary sources said the law to nat­u­ral­ize 4,000 bedoons at the in­te­rior and de­fense com­mit­tee will not be of top pri­or­ity at the start of the next par­lia­men­tary term. Sources said the com­mit­tee told MPs that its stand has not changed, which means the law will not pass with­out gov­ern­ment ap­proval.

Min­istry’s sup­port

As­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for the tele­vi­sion sec­tor at the in­for­ma­tion min­istry Ma­jeed Al-Jaz­zaf said the min­istry has ap­proved a fu­ture plan to de­velop the hu­man el­e­ment “ad­min­is­tra­tively, tech­ni­cally and fi­nan­cially” and up­grade sys­tems. He said that more than 2,250 em­ploy­ees at the sec­tor en­joy the min­istry’s sup­port and more than 90 per­cent of pro­grams were re­duced from 90 to 30 min­utes to avoid bur­den­ing them. He said that 1,200 con­tracted em­ploy­ees were ter­mi­nated to rely on min­istry em­ploy­ees.

Min­is­ter Hind Al-Sabeeh

MP Khalid Al-Otaibi

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