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Panel OKs citizenship for 4,000

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 27: The parliamentary Interior and Defense Committee meeting on Monday ended with the preliminary approval of the proposed naturalization of 4,000 Bedouns, says Committee Chairman MP Askar Al-Anizi. According to Al-Anizi, the panel has obtained approval from the Interior Ministry to endorse the proposal, which will be put up for a vote within two weeks.

On the other hand, MP Yaqoub Al-Saane submitted a proposal to amend Civil Service Law number 15/1972, prohibiting the recruitment of non-Kuwaitis in any governmental institution unless there is no Kuwaiti qualified for the vacant posts. Under such circumstances, the non-Kuwaitis will be employed with a temporary contract; while the number of non-Kuwaiti staff in the government should not exceed 20 percent of the total workforce. In his proposal, the lawmaker explained the unemployment issue poses a grave threat to the country; hence, the need to solve it immediately through the revision of old employment laws or issuance of new laws and systems to upgrade the local recruitment mechanism.

He then cited Article Eight of the Constitution as justification for his recommendation: “The State safeguards the pillars of society and ensures security, tranquility and equal opportunities for citizens.” He pointed out that solving the problem is the constitutional obligation of the government, so the authority must implement this proposal and encourage its institutions to quickly act on the matter. In another development, MP Saleh Ashour forwarded a number of queries to the state minister for municipality affairs on the removal of advertisement billboards along the streets after the issuance of a court order against the advertising companies proven to have violated the regulations.

He requested for a list of the erring companies, actions taken by Kuwait Municipality against these companies and a report on all the management procedures related to this case. He also wants to know if the removal of unlicensed advertising billboards requires a court order prior to implementation.

Furthermore, MP Khaleel Al-Saleh submitted a proposal on the development of the the coastline in Sulaibikhat and Al- Doha. He argued this coastline has the potential to become a great investment opportunity for companies around the world. He said the proposed improvement is essential in maintaining the good image of Kuwait. Al-Saleh added the Kuwait Bay stretches 70 kms, but only 30 kms of which is being used.

He asserted the government should not neglect the remaining part of the coastline as it offers promising investment opportunities. The MP also called on the public works minister to look into the current situation in Al-Nahtha, Sulaibiya and Al- Doha as these areas lack vital services and is in dire need of renovation.

By: Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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