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Panel to study ‘proposed’ unification of retirees’ pay

KUWAIT CITY, July 9: The parliamentary Human Resources Development Committee will study the proposed unification of salary scale and status of retirees in line with the strategic alternative, says Committee Chairman MP Yakoub Al-Sanei. Al-Sanei stressed the need to approve the proposal considering the pension of many retirees have remained the same since before the Iraqi invasion despite the soaring prices. Also in his capacity as member of the Legislative and Legal Committee, Al- Sanei disclosed the panel will focus on the Autonomous Judiciary Bill and regulation of the authority this summer. He hopes HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al- Mubarak Al-Sabah will appoint more MPs as members of the government so the authority gets closer to the principle of an elected cabinet, as well as strengthen coordination between the legislative and executive authorities. He believes there are qualified MPs with the ability to realize this goal.

On another issue, Public Utilities Committee Chairman Adel Al-Kharafi unveiled the panel’s plan to hold seminars and workshops during the parliamentary recess in a bid to lay down a vision for some proposals. According to Al-Kharafi, the committee held a meeting Tuesday in the presence of National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem. He said the panel briefed the speaker on its plan to set the agenda for discussing proposals. He affirmed the speaker praised this plan and encouraged them to continue working towards its implementation. He added the panel will look into a number of proposals like the engineering conference, Municipality Law, alternative sources of energy, development of parliamentary committees, special electricity project, and committee on civil society. Meanwhile, the Information, Development and Training Sector at the Secretariat General of the Parliament released a report on the legislative, oversight and political works in the first and second regular legislative rounds from Aug 6, 2013 until July 3, 2014. The report revealed the legislature ratified 31 laws in 39 sessions, received responses to 877 out of 1,157 questions presented by the MPs while 280 remain unanswered, presented 12 grilling requests, asked the State Audit Bureau to investigate seven cases, investigated 10 cases and dealt with seven discussion requests.

Moreover, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ahmed Al- Sabah has stressed the importance of protecting the unity of Iraqi lands, describing it’s division as a dangerous matter that will affect the whole region. “We believe that in countering terrorism, and Kuwait’s policy regarding the matter at hand is safeguarding the Iraqi Constitution and concentrating its implementation,” stated the minister. Clarifying that in addition to Kuwait’s stance in safeguarding the unity in Iraq and the continuity of its political activities, the Kuwaiti government believes that straying from this path is a violation of the Iraqi Constitution. The minister concluded his statement by affirming the importance of quickly assigning a new speaker of parliament, prime minister and president in Iraq, noting that postponing legislative sessions is not helping the situation in any way.

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim and Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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