Plas­tic bag ban and dis­abil­ity on today’s FNC agenda

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Pub­lic em­ploy­ees with spe­cial needs have to be pro­vided with equal op­por­tu­ni­ties in pro­mo­tion and train­ing, a mem­ber of Fed­eral Na­tional Coun­cil (FNC) has said. Salem Ali Al Shehi, from Ras Al Khaimah, said he will today ques­tion Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Hus­sain Al Ham­madi about op­por­tu­ni­ties for those with spe­cial needs. “Em­ploy­ees with spe­cial needs in min­istries and other fed­eral de­part­ments need to be treated equally just like their fel­low work­ers, es­pe­cially in re­gard to get­ting pro­mo­tion and train­ing,” he said. “The min­istry has to en­sure that all de­part­ments pro­vide these peo­ple with op­por­tu­ni­ties in all ar­eas and not to un­der look them.” Al Shehi will also ask Dr Ab­dul­lah Mo­ham­mad Bel Haif Al Nuaimi, Min­is­ter of In­fra­struc­ture Devel­op­ment, about waiv­ing 20 per cent of home loans for UAE na­tion­als. He said many Emi­ratis who have paid off their loans from the Sheikh Zayed Hous­ing Pro­gramme be­fore the dead­line have not re­ceived the 20 per cent re­fund they are en­ti­tled to. Other is­sues to be dis­cussed in­clude mak­ing the UAE free of plas­tic bags and flex­i­ble work hours dur­ing bad weather. The FNC will also dis­cuss the is­sue of cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. Mar­wan Ah­mad bin Galita, a mem­ber from Dubai, will ask Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Al Ger­gawi, Min­is­ter of Cab­i­net Af­fairs and the Fu­ture, about the steps the gov­ern­ment has taken to com­mit busi­nesses to so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. He said most firms only con­cen­trate on mak­ing prof­its and don’t in­volve them­selves in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties. Mean­while, an FNC com­mit­tee will re­view a pro­posed ban on the pri­vate own­er­ship of ex­otic an­i­mals, in­clud­ing lions and tigers, later this week. Ahmed Yousef Al Nuaimi, who leads the com­mit­tee, said the changes will then be brought to the FNC brought to the coun­cil for fi­nal ap­proval.

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