Plastic bag ban and disability on today’s FNC agenda
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.
PHASE OUT: Members will discuss making the UAE plastic bag free