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Panel completes its report on indemnity

KUWAIT CITY, June 22: The Human Resources Development Committee at the Parliament has completed its report on the proposed end-of-service benefit (indemnity) for Kuwaiti employees and referred it to Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem to be included in the agenda for the next session, says Committee Chairman MP Yakoub Al-Sanei. Al-Sanei disclosed the indemnity is equal to 18 months salary - KD 18,000 minimum and KD 27,000 maximum while 2.5 percent will be deducted from the basic salary and allowances of the employees and the government shall pay five percent.

He said the initial cost for the implementation of the proposal is about KD 360 million but the State of Kuwait will definitely benefit from the unification of the endof- service package for Kuwaiti employees. He explained the government had requested for 15 months but the committee insisted on 18 months, indicating they expect the executive authority to endorse the proposal once it is presented to the Parliament for voting.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee Mubarak Al-Haris revealed they rejected the Public Prosecution’s request to lift parliamentary immunity of MP Abdul-Hamid Dashti on a press misdemeanor case. Speaking to reporters after the panel meeting on Sunday, Al-Haris added the committee approved proposals to establish the Sports Health Fund, Health Services Company, Kuwait Health Insurance Company and Health Insurance for Kuwaiti Retirees.

Other recommendations approved in the meeting include the protection and judicious usage of oil resources, grant pension to all citizens working in State institutions, establish a seniority fund for retirees, allowance for holders of masters and doctorate degrees, add two new articles to law number 8/2010 on the rights of persons with special needs, transfer blocks three and four in South Kheitan from the Ministry of Finance to the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW), and evaluate Block 10 in Kheitan. On the other hand, the committee postponed discussions on draft bills regarding equal opportunities and regulating work in the Olympic Committee and sports clubs or federations for more study. Dashti added the committee rejected the proposed dispossession and evaluation of residential blocks in Al-Waha suburs in Jahra and Firdous, as well as the suggestion to amend law number 32/1968 on the monetary system, Central Bank of Kuwait and regulation of banking profession

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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