Ministry to ‘restart’ Article 20 to 18 shift ‘Charities’ should correct status

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 17: The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor will allow domestic personnel to transfer their residence from Article 20 to Article 18, provided the sponsor is the same, say reliable sources, adding “the decision is likely to come into effect from the beginning of February and will be valid for three months,” reports Al-Jarida daily.

The aim is to protect the rights of expatriate workers in the country and control violations by easing procedures, say sources. The decision was reportedly taken during the tenure of former minister Bader Al-Duwailah, but its implementation was suspended for one year in order to control visa traders.
Meanwhile, Director of General Immigration Department at the Ministry of Interior Brigadier Kamel Al-Awadhi said a joint stock company will soon be established to bring domestic personnel into the country and organize their affairs.

Meanwhile, the Charitable Societies Department at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor will not unfreeze the accounts of ten charity organizations which violated rules until they alter their status and disclose how much money they collected illegally, say reliable sources.

The department earlier froze the accounts of 13 charity societies, but three among them made the required changes and are operating legally now. The reopening of the three charity societies is evidence that with positive cooperation with the ministry, violating societies can change their status and collect donations legally, said sources. The suspended organizations were collecting donations illegally and set up new branches without notifying the ministry or getting prior approval.

In the meantime, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Dr Mohammad Al-Afasi is expected to return to the country by the end of the current week, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.
The minister was flown to London for medical checkup and treatment after he fell ill a few months ago. Sources say Al-Afasi has recovered and will arrive aboard a private plane.

By: Sayed Al-Qasas

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