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MoCI to toughen penalties against violators Govt will take firm stance against striking oil workers

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 1: Government, represented by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry intends to toughen penalties against law violators in an attempt to control unjustified prices hikes that adversely affect citizens, reports Al-Anba daily. A reliable source said HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al- Mubarak has required the concerned authority to control the prices of consumer commodities, foodstuffs and industrial materials through strict surveillance on the commercial shops. He also requested the concerned authority to grant more powers to the officials to close the shops violating the law to deter violations.

On the other hand, some lawmakers are ready to submit a draft law allowing employees of the ministries and state institutions to obtain commercial licenses to practice commercial activities to improve their sources of income, adding such activities are currently available to only the retired employees from oil sector and private sectors. In another development, the government says it will take a firm stance against the threat of oil workers to embark on a total strike. It affirmed it is resolute over reducing wages, discouraging frivolity and preventing hegemony over the public funds, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting an informed source.

The Minister of Oil and State Minister for National Assembly Affairs Dr Ali Al-Omair said, “Government will not be caged into accepting demands for restoring the wages to what it was before due to the injustice it reflects on the government employees of other sectors”. He added, “We reached the end of the road for the previous mistake that led to disparity among employees who hold equal academic qualifications”.

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