Arab Times

‘Mes­sen­gers miss­ing as con­tract not re­newed’

- Business · Kuwait City · Ministry of Finance of the People's Republic of China · Council of the European Union · Lhengye Zhungtshog

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 17 : In an ap­par­ent con­fir­ma­tion of news published ear­lier about the ab­sence of mes­sen­gers in the Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs; the cor­ri­dors in the Min­istries Com­plex, which used to be crowded with mes­sen­gers, are now empty, re­ports Al­Jarida daily.

This is due to the ex­piry of the con­tract con­cluded between the min­istry and the com­pany pro­vid­ing such work­ers. It has been re­ported that the min­istry de­cided not to re­new the con­tract as the com­pany had been pay­ing the salar­ies of its em­ploy­ees ir­reg­u­larly for six months.

In­formed sources told the daily that the min­istry signed a con­tract with a new com­pany to pro­vide mes­sen­gers tem­po­rar­ily for a pe­riod of two months or un­til the new ten­der is awarded – about 350 out of 1,600 cor­re­spon­dents are as­signed in all sec­tors of the min­istry.

Sources said most of the work­ers are as­signed in the So­cial Care Sec­tor to serve the ad­min­is­tra­tions of the wel­fare com­plexes for the el­derly and ju­ve­niles, fam­ily nurs­ery, so­cial devel­op­ment and fam­ily care units in the Devel­op­ment Sec­tor.

Sources added the min­istry’s de­part­ments lo­cated in the Min­istries Com­plex are not cov­ered by this em­ploy­ment, in­di­cat­ing there is a ten­dency not to pro­vide mes­sen­gers within these de­part­ments even after the new ten­der is launched and the con­tract is con­cluded with the win­ning com­pany.

Sources af­firmed the min­istry is striv­ing to re­duce ex­pen­di­tures and limit un­nec­es­sary spend­ing, es­pe­cially after re­duc­ing its bud­get for fis­cal 2020-2021 by some mil­lions of di­nars, in line with the di­rec­tives of the Min­istry of Fi­nance and de­ci­sions of the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters in this re­gard.

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