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Number of MPs support lawmakers’ salary hike Cabinet eyes committee to review 1,000 citizenship files

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 16: Anumber of MPs support the proposal to increase the salary of the lawmakers since the segment is subjected to price hikes like ordinary citizens, reports Al-Rai daily. In this context, MP Yaqoub Al-Sane’ said he supports the idea, particularly in the current situation where the prices of all commodities have skyrocketed. However, he was pessimistic the increment would be approved in the current parliament.

For his part, MP Osama Al-Tahous said the increment has become necessary under the current change in the way of life here, while MP Mohammed Al-Hadiya added the step is overdue seeing the proposal links the activities of the lawmakers in the National Assembly and price hikes. He stressed the lawmakers push for salary increments for citizens, and in the same way, the lawmakers are citizens with many obligations like ordinary citizens. It is worth mentioning the law bans the lawmakers from taking other jobs, as long as they are members of the parliament.

Also, MP Hussein Al-Quwai’an clarified that no proposal has been presented so far for increment, but the MPs will support the proposal once it is presented because the lawmakers have obligations which salaries cannot meet. Furthermore, MP Khalil Al-Saleh stressed the need to re-structure salaries in general, as per scientific study to avoid situation where increments will be approved for one group at the expense of another. Meanwhile, the Cabinet intends to form a committee to review over 1,000 citizenship files previously converted to Article One, reports Al- Seyassah daily quoting sources.

Sources disclosed the last batch was full of errors and the concerned officials discovered violations in the process of converting these files to Article One. Sources said some files do not include verified DNA documents, which raised suspicion on the use of ‘wasta’ (influence) in processing the citizenship applications. Sources asserted the formation of the committee has become a necessity, considering the high number of Kuwaitis who want to convert their citizenship to Article One. Sources explained the committee will identify applicants who do not deserve the conversion due to failure to meet the conditions. Sources added the new process will involve strict scrutiny of documents, in coordination with the Citizenship and Passports Affairs General Department.

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