Kuwait out­lines Be­doun grants

Eight high­lighted

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 7: Over the past 28 years the num­ber of il­le­gal res­i­dents or the so-called Be­doun has grad­u­ally fallen from 220,000 to 85,000, a dif­fer­ence of about 135,000, ac­cord­ing to a re­port is­sued the Cen­tral Sys­tem for Rem­e­dy­ing the Sta­tus of Il­le­gal Res­i­dents (CSRSIR), re­ports Al-Rai daily.

The fig­ures re­vealed by the Cen­tral Agency in its re­port, of which Al-Rai has a copy, said after a re­search and sort­ing out doc­u­ments it high­lighted 8 ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided by the State of Kuwait to il­le­gal res­i­dents in line with the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters Res­o­lu­tion No. 409 of 2011. The ser­vices in­clude driv­ing li­censes, free treat­ment, free ed­u­ca­tion, birth and death cer­tifi­cates, care for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, ra­tion card, em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, mar­riage and di­vorce con­tracts and le­gal doc­u­ments.

In the area of ed­u­ca­tion, the re­port stated that the State has en­sured that ed­u­ca­tion is pro­vided to all who live on its land in co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the CSRSIR and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion – the chil­dren and grand­chil­dren of Kuwaiti women mar­ried to Be­doun and chil­dren and grand­chil­dren of Be­doun serv­ing in the mil­i­tary, in ad­di­tion to the chil­dren of em­ploy­ees of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion in pub­lic schools, where the num­ber of those reg­is­tered in pub­lic schools reached 13,682 stu­dents dur­ing 2018-2019.

With re­gard to the ex­trac­tion of of­fi­cial doc­u­ments, the re­port stated doc­u­ments of all kinds is an in­alien­able right rec­og­nized by the state for all per­sons on its ter­ri­tory, and is one of the means by which the State pro­tects the fam­ily. The re­port stated the min­istries of Jus­tice and Health is­sued more than 23,000 doc­u­ments in 2018.

The re­port pointed out the CSRSIR co­or­di­nates with the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties in the State on the em­ploy­ment of Be­doun (males and fe­males) in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors ac­cord­ing to avail­able va­can­cies, and in ac­cor­dance with the con­trols and con­di­tions adopted by the agency, ir­re­spec­tive whether they are reg­is­tered in the 1965 cen­sus or not and they in­clude sons of Kuwaiti women, chil­dren of mil­i­tary per­son­nel, and chil­dren of pris­on­ers and mar­tyrs.

The re­port re­vealed that the num­ber of ap­point­ments in gov­ern­ment agen­cies dur­ing 2018 was 324 em­ploy­ees, bring­ing the to­tal to 2,066 peo­ple, and 549 were hired by the Kuwait Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion and its sub­sidiaries where they en­joy sev­eral ben­e­fits and ad­van­tages, such as hous­ing or hous­ing al­lowance, travel tick­ets, health in­surance, trans­porta­tion al­lowance, etc. The num­ber of Be­doun ap­pointed in co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties is 739.

The re­port pointed out that the door was opened for the chil­dren of Kuwaiti women and chil­dren of mil­i­tary per­son­nel who are il­le­gal res­i­dents to join the Kuwaiti army fol­low­ing which 2,981 stu­dents were en­rolled over the past six years.

The re­port pointed out that meet­ings are held be­tween the Pres­i­dent of the Cen­tral Agency and the Chair­man and mem­bers of the Board of Di­rec­tors of the Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try to ap­prove and fa­cil­i­tate the ap­point­ment of Be­doun in the pri­vate sec­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, about 1,491 per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties who are il­le­gal res­i­dents en­joy the ser­vices of the Supreme Coun­cil for Dis­abled Per­sons, ac­cord­ing to the Gen­eral Assem­bly Law and the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion on the Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the fig­ures pro­vided, the num­ber of Be­doun in­mates in care homes reached 211 in 2018. This is dis­trib­uted be­tween the Depart­ment of Ju­ve­nile Wel­fare, the Depart­ment of El­derly Care and the Depart­ment of Nurs­ery.

Re­gard­ing the ca­ter­ing ser­vices, the re­port pointed out that the state al­lo­cates Be­doun monthly sub­si­dized food­stuffs at nom­i­nal prices as its cit­i­zens through a ra­tion card which de­ter­mines the per capita share of the items listed as rice, sugar, veg­etable oil, milk, baby milk, lentils, frozen chicken, tomato paste and the num­ber of Be­doun ben­e­fi­cia­ries was about 85,000 which cost the state about KD 18 mil­lion in 2018.

The re­port pointed out that the num­ber of re­tirees reg­is­tered in the Pub­lic In­sti­tute for So­cial Se­cu­rity (PIFSS) and those who have been paid pen­sions (army and po­lice) reached 799 from the Min­istry of De­fense and 3 from the Min­istry of In­te­rior.

The re­port pointed out the num­ber of sons and rel­a­tives of the de­ceased Be­doun who re­ceive so­cial in­surance was 3,547 from the Min­istry of De­fense, 275 from the Min­istry of In­te­rior and 11 from the Na­tional Guard.

The re­port dealt with the tech­ni­cal and ex­ec­u­tive as­pect of the CSRSIR, point­ing out that the amend­ment of the sta­tus of il­le­gal res­i­dents is through the is­suance of na­tion­al­ity cards or res­i­dence in ac­cor­dance with Ar­ti­cle 24 of the Res­i­dence Act No. 17 of 1959, point­ing to the num­ber of those who changed their sta­tus since the es­tab­lish­ment of the Cen­tral Agency in 2011 un­til April 30, 2019 was 14,042, of whom the sit­u­a­tions of 8,710 have been rec­ti­fied and, this is the proof that many of them have pass­ports of their coun­try of ori­gin. The process is be­ing fol­lowed up and 5,332 peo­ple have dis­closed their orig­i­nal na­tion­al­i­ties.

The source added this num­ber is sub­ject to in­crease as a re­sult of checks done and ef­forts ex­erted by CSRSIR to iden­tify the Be­doun, in­clud­ing par­ents, chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

Re­gard­ing the nat­u­ral­iza­tion process, the re­port stressed that the CSRSIR is study­ing the files of some Be­doun to short­list those who are el­i­gi­ble for the Kuwaiti cit­i­zen­ship, in ac­cor­dance with the Kuwaiti Na­tion­al­ity Law No. 1959/15, and the ap­proved roadmap and sub­mit­ted to the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters. Nat­u­ral­iza­tion is a sov­er­eign right of the State and the num­ber of nat­u­ral­ized since 1992 un­til the end of 2018 has reached

ap­prox­i­mately 17,285 il­le­gal res­i­dents.

In a quick ref­er­ence to some other ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties, the State has es­tab­lished a char­i­ta­ble fund for ed­u­ca­tion that cov­ers the ex­penses of ed­u­ca­tion in all stages of ed­u­ca­tion (from pri­mary to sec­ondary level), and the num­ber of ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the fund dur­ing the aca­demic year 2018-2019 is ap­prox­i­mately 15,448 stu­dents which cost the state KD 5.478 mil­lion, in­clud­ing tu­ition fees and the cost of books.

In ad­di­tion, the Be­doun are ad­mit­ted and en­rolled for higher ed­u­ca­tion at the Kuwait Uni­ver­sity and the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Ap­plied Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (PAAET). The num­ber of male and fe­male il­le­gal res­i­dents dur­ing the aca­demic year 20182019 was 1,265 in the Kuwait Uni­ver­sity, 588 in ap­plied ed­u­ca­tion and 408 in col­leges and pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties.

On the treat­ment, the re­port said “il­le­gal res­i­dents are treated as Kuwaitis in terms of fees and wages, in ac­cor­dance with Min­is­te­rial De­cree No. 86 of 2011, where the gov­ern­ment pro­vides full treat­ment for them.” This is in ad­di­tion to the Min­istry of De­fense send­ing 112 cases abroad for treat­ment.

The re­port pointed to the is­suance of driv­ing li­censes, as it con­firmed that Be­doun are ex­empted from the con­di­tions of grant­ing driv­ing li­censes to nonKuwaiti­s, where a driver’s li­cense is is­sued to all hold­ers of a valid card after reach­ing the age of 18 years and after pass­ing the oral and prac­ti­cal tests.

The re­port stated the Gen­eral Traf­fic Depart­ment has is­sued and re­newed 25,723 driv­ing li­censes and is­sued more than 1,861 new li­cences in 2018.

The re­port of the Cen­tral Agency stated that the num­ber of Be­doun stu­dents en­rolled in higher ed­u­ca­tion (post-uni­ver­sity) dur­ing 2018 was 141, and that the agency has as­signed two of its staff to co­or­di­nate with Kuwait Uni­ver­sity for the process of ac­cept­ing il­le­gal res­i­dents for the cur­rent year.

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