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‘Major part of budget goes for salaries’ Subsidies cost govt KD 1.5 billion

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 28: Most part of the state budget goes for salaries and other financial obligations such as projects related to the development plan. This is in addition to government spending on subsidies for essential commodities which is estimated at KD1.5 billion, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting governmental sources. Giving a breakdown of the expenditure, source said KD 5.8 billion was spent on development projects, KD 3.75 billion was given to the Ministry of Electricity and Water-part of which was given to the power stations (KD 1.9 billion); Ministry of Education was apportioned KD 1.85 billion of which KD 1.6 billion was paid in salaries.

They explained the Health Ministry received KD 1.65 billion, of which KD 780 million was disbursed in salaries, while the Ministry of Defense was given KD1.370 billion of which KD 680 was paid out in salaries and the remaining sum was allotted for contracts, while the Interior Ministry received KD 1.90 billion. With regard to the ministries and other governmental institutions whose budgets are below one billion dinars, sources said the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor received KD 600 million of which KD200 million was spent on salaries.

Also, Civil Service Commission was allotted KD 600 million, while Kuwait University got KD560 million of which KD180 million was spent on salaries. The Amiri Diwan was allotted KD535 million and Public Authority for Applied Education and Training KD 340 million part of which KD160 million was paid in salaries, while the Municipality received KD 228 million. Budget of the Fire Service Directorate was KD 130 million, KD 115 million for Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources, and KD 100 million for Public Authority for Youth and Sports.

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