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Tech team said to reject increment bills Panel invites FM to discuss Qatar issue

KUWAIT CITY, March 8: The government might reject legislation passed by the Parliament on increasing any financial allocation for Kuwaitis. According to sources, the government technical team tasked to evaluate the proposed increment to the children and rent allowances has asked the Cabinet to reject these bills in case the Parliament approves them. The team argued the government has already approved and implemented a lot of increment bills, as well as the distribution of subsidized food items, to ease the financial burdens of citizens.

It also warned against new financial grants or increments as the move will have a negative impact on the national coffers, sources revealed. Sources said talks on increments under the banner of ‘reform’ have been causing disorder, indicating the reevaluation of salaries and support policies is a sign that there is no clear vision. This has prompted the team to convince the Cabinet to firmly reject the abovementioned proposals.

The team also thinks the approval of increment bills might open doors for MPs to legislate irrational increments or compensations in the future. On the other hand, sources disclosed the government has been convinced to reject the proposed naturalization of 4,000 Bedouns which is tabled for discussion in the upcoming parliamentary session. Sources said the government prefers to tackle the issue without any binding law from the Parliament as it has been doing for a long time, considering the executive authority is currently working on a thorough plan to resolve the problem and the move goes against the legislature’s desire. Sources clarified the government is not against solving the issue in a humanitarian manner by granting Bedouns essential social needs, away from naturalization as it is a sovereign matter which cannot be relinquished.

The government will reject the bill and it will be returned to the Interior and Defense Committee; thereby, delaying deliberations on the issue until the next parliamentary term on grounds that it is not part of the priority list. On the GCC and Qatar issue, Head of Foreign Affairs Committee Ali Al-Rashid disclosed that he has invited the minister of foreign affairs to a meeting with the committee in order to discuss the recent issue between Qatar and three GCC countries. He unveiled his plan to ask the minister to explain the whole issue to the committee to come up with a plausible solution.

Furthermore, MP Mohammed Al- Huwaila expressed his confidence on HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah’s capability to solve this issue, as Kuwait has always been the mediator in GCC disputes. He hopes the relationship between Qatar and the three GCC nations — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — will be stronger than before. In a press statement recently, the MP reminded the GCC rulers that their strength lies in one other and their united view of the future. He also noted that the international community acknowledges the GCC, so a diplomatic and friendly dialogue is needed in order to solve this issue. In addition, MP Al-Huwaila stated the ties between the GCC countries are stronger than any other union in the international community; for the GCC countries share the same religion, bloodline, culture and vision, concluding that this issue will be easily resolved.

By: Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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