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Housing Bill tops MPs’ ‘priorities’ Govt urged to be ready for next session

KUWAIT CITY, July 12: A number of MPs are keen on pushing for the approval of important bills in the next parliamentary session, especially the Housing Bill which, once approved, will greatly contribute to efforts to address the housing problem, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting MP Kamel Al-Awadhi. Al-Awadhi called on the government to be ready for the next session as it needs to work closely with the Parliament to ratify and implement vital laws.

On the proposed children allowance, Al- Awadhi said the government has yet to clearly state its opinion on the bill but the National Assembly has prepared a strategic alternative bill on salaries to guarantee justice for all. In a related development, MP Abdurrahman Al-Jeeran believes the approval of the strategic alternative is the only way to ensure equality among employees in all institutions due to discrepancy in their current salaries. He is against salary increments and cadres because he considers what happened in the past as wastage of public funds. He hopes the government will speed up the implementation of the position it adopted after determining differences in the conditions of workers.

Moreover, Rapporteur of Human Resources Development Committee Abdul Hameed Dashti confirmed presentation of the strategic alternative draft bill which consists of stipulations on 15 functional positions, social remunerations and special rewards. He urged the minister of finance to complete the final version of the strategy before the next parliamentary session in order to fix loopholes in the salary scales applied in previous years.

On the other hand, Dashti has unveiled a plan to use the old Amghara scrapyard for the construction of a hospital for retirees. He said this land will be handed over to the Public Institution for Social Security soon. Meanwhile, MP Khalil Abul has stressed the need to address recurring issues in the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. He asserted the suggested fields of specialization for higher education institutions are not in line with the actual manpower needs of the local labor market. He affirmed the legislature is responsible for what is happening in the educational sector, indicating the Educational Affairs Committee has been taking steps to avoid recurrence of the admission crisis at Kuwait University and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) through a series of meetings with the officials of these two institutions.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior will soon forward a letter to the Secretariat General of the National Assembly regarding the Weapons Collection Law in a bid to use legal channels in the next parliamentary session to deal with the recent incidents, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources. It can be recalled that the ministry laid down provisions of the law which is currently in its hands. Sources disclosed Assistant Undersecretary for Criminal Investigation Affairs Major General Abdul Hameed Al- Awadhi submitted the law to the General Department for Legal Affairs in the ministry for review to ensure it does not contravene the Constitution before forwarding it to the legislative body. Sources said the Interior and Defense Committee will discuss the suggestions of some MPs in its first meeting after the parliamentary recess. Sources confirmed the law includes stipulations on harsher punishments and security measures which require legislative approval. Sources revealed these measures include raiding certain places livestock pens, chalets and barns; except houses that are considered suitable for keeping weapons.

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