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Govt must set up office to deal with ‘harmful’ rumors

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 28: MP Faisal Al-Duwaisan has called on HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al- Mubarak to establish an office for the spokesperson of the government to deal with rumors that threaten peace and security of the nation and its people. In his proposal, Al-Duwaisan said the office will be under the supervision of the premier while the tasks of its head include issuance of official statements and granting media interviews.

He added the head of the office should serve as official spokesperson of the government with the highest academic certificates and the office will be required to present recommendations to the prime minister every three months. He suggested the office should have five members including the chairman to be elected by experts in the psychological, social, security, military and diplomatic fields. He also recommended hiring an expert on a temporary basis to help the office perform its duties efficiently.

Meanwhile, MP Faisal Al-Kandari has forwarded queries to Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Planning and Development Hind Al-Subaih on the progress of the development plan from 2010 until March 2014. He pointed out the previous ministers attributed the delayed implementation of the plan to bureaucracy; so he wants Al-Subaih to identify the actual problem and hold those behind it responsible.

He asserted there is no room for courtesy in the development of the State; hence, the need to name the officials who supervised the plan, as well as update the public on the amount spent for the implementation of development projects and overall budget allocated for this purpose.

He also demanded for a detailed report on the achievements and targets in the development of manpower, education, health, housing, higher education and employment sectors. On the development plan for fiscals 2015 to 2020, the lawmaker requested for information about the staff who will oversee, implement and follow up the plan; views of citizens on the new plan; reasons for failure to fully implement the previous plan; alternative development plan, if any; and number of companies that participated in the preparation of the previous plan.

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