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Labour takes steps to curb false employment Circular sent to companies to provide data on Kuwaitis

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 28: Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour has sent a letter to all companies of the private sector in which it requested for the names of the national personnel registered in those companies, their monthly salaries and their official work timings, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting informed sources. They revealed that the circular is aimed to curb the phenomenon of fake employment that some companies take advantage of in order to benefit from the subsidy the government grants for employing Kuwaiti citizens in the private sector.

They further revealed that an intensive inspection campaign will be launched in the coming days to ensure the accuracy of the data submitted by the companies in this regard. They clarified that the Central Tenders Committee will not allow any company to compete for tenders if it fails to provide a certificate from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour to prove that 10 percent of its employees are Kuwaiti citizens.

Meanwhile, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour Hind Al- Sabeeh has asked the Assistant Undersecretary for Administrative and Financial Affairs Hussain Al-Duwaihees to provide her with a report from the Personnel Affairs Committee regarding how a large number of vacancies were filled. Informed sources indicated that the report will be referred to the Legal Affairs Department to study the legality of the method followed for filling those vacancies, adding that the minister also asked for the curricula vitae of the individuals who were appointed in supervisory jobs. She also instructed to refer the complaints that were submitted in this regard to the Civil Service Commission for investigations.

Furthermore, sources revealed that the ministry has started counting the number of employees in the centers of society development and housing care in all areas so that 250 employees can be transferred to labour departments in order to reduce the accumulation of personnel in such centers and solve the shortage problem faced in the labour departments. In addition, the Undersecretary of Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour Abdulmohsen Al-Mutairi declared that the government will form a joint committee to study new mechanisms for changing commercial visit visas to work permits in the private sector. He indicated that the committee will formulate new regulations in this regard within one month after its first meeting which will be held on Saturday.

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