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1,000 applications finalized for transfer of visit to work permits Al-Fadli denies alleged discovery of swine flu cases in nurseries

KUWAIT CITY, March 3: The Capital Labor Department has finalized about 1,000 applications for the transfer of visit visas to work permits despite its lack of manpower, reports Al-Rai daily quoting Deputy Manager of the department Saleh Al-Anzi. Al-Anzi revealed the department receives hundreds of transactions daily, yet it still manages to complete the procedures on time although it is understaffed due to the dedicated service of the employees who honored the official work hours after the national holidays. In another development, Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Jamal Al-Dousari said the report on the work experience and qualifications of employees in the Labor Sector will be ready by the end of this week. He disclosed the report will be submitted to the Employees Affairs Committee to choose those qualified for vacant posts in the sector.

 
Al-Dousari added thousands of annual reports on the qualifications of the employees will be completed in the coming days to be ready for submission to the committee, which will choose those eligible for promotion in accordance with their work experience and skills. He affirmed the committee will take into consideration the decision of the Civil Service Commission on the standard and mechanism for selection.
 
Shortage 
Asked about the lack of manpower in various labor departments, Al-Dousari admitted these departments are suffering from shortage of staff. He cited as an example the Capital Labor Department which has a total of 102 employees in charge of thousands of files and transactions.  Meanwhile, Al-Qabas daily has reported that Director of the Supervision and Examination Department Ahmad Al-Mousawi conducted inspection tours in different sectors at the ministry during the national holidays, including the Social Care Sector.
 
Al-Mousawi clarified the tours are aimed at familiarizing himself with the work procedures in those sectors; confirming the employees are doing their jobs well and he described the overall situation as ‘normal’. He was quick to add though that he forwarded some comments on minor issues to the concerned officials to take the necessary action. He added Minister Hind Al-Subaih has instructed his department to continue conducting such tours, especially in the Social Care Sector, to guarantee smooth flow of work procedures and to better serve the beneficiaries. 
 
On the other hand, Assistant Undersecretary for Development Sector at the ministry Munirah Al-Fadli has vehemently denied the alleged discovery of swine flu cases in nurseries. She pointed out there is no reason for the public to panic as the rumors are not true, asserting there is no need for the sector to take extra precautionary measures as it has not received any valid information on the issue. She affirmed the nurseries have taken all the necessary measures to prevent the spread of swine flu and it is always ready to face an outbreak. She reiterated the sector has not been notified by the Ministry of Health about any swine flu case uncovered in nurseries.

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