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Two batches of Bedouns to be ‘naturalized’ soon: Al-Tamimi MP calls for reinstatement of nutrition supervisors

KUWAIT CITY, July 31: Chairman of the Committee for Remedying the Status of Illegal Residents in Kuwait MP Abdullah Al-Tamimi was recently quoted as saying two batches of bedoun will soon be naturalized and that their files are with the Council of Ministers, reports Al-Rai daily. The first batch, he said, consists of 504 files; including 134 individuals who have reached the age of 21 - the legal age for naturalization. In a press statement, MP Al- Tamimi pointed out the second batch consists of less number of files.

However, he said both batches are awaiting the decision of the minister of interior for the naturalization process to begin without any more delays. He added, naturalization is a sovereign decision which is granted and not acquired.

He pointed that there are some hiccups in the system followed by the Central System for Remedying Status of Illegal Residents (CSRSIR), because it limits its capability of receiving bigger number of bedouns to perform DNA fingerprinting in order to prepare their citizenship files.

This is the issue that has been discussed with the interior minister. He emphasized what is being ignored in the focus on the humanitarian side of the issue when it comes to the bedoun in terms of providing suitable shelter for them, employment and livelihood sustenance. Meanwhile, MP Dr Abdullah Al-Tureiji has called for the intervention of HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak to end the injustice meted out to 800 Kuwaiti employees who became victims of the Ministry of Education following a decision to end contracts with food catering companies which supplied meals to primary schools, reports Al- Rai daily. MP Al-Tureiji said the termination of the contracts has rendered 800 female nutrition supervisors jobless.

Moreover, he said, the decision was taken to terminate the contracts without taking into account the welfare of these employees or without providing any alternatives. He pointed out in spite of the fact that the employees attempted to address the minister of education about their situation, the ministry closed the doors in their faces under the pretext the issue is not the concern of the ministry because they were employees working for the contracted companies and not hired by the ministry even though the contracts between the two sides were signed inside the Service Department building at the Ministry of Education. Al-Tureiji called for the reinstatement of the nutrition supervisors in other departments of the ministry particularly since their names were referred to the Civil Service Commission after they were employed by the companies that won the contracts with the Education Ministry.

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