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34 illegal charity branches closed – MoSAL approves dept’s request to collect donations electronically

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 22: Undersecretary of Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Dr Matar Al-Mutairi has approved a request submitted by the Department of Charity Societies and Donor Organizations to allow collection of donations electronically instead of the branches of charitable societies present throughout the country, reports Aljarida daily quoting informed sources.

They indicated that the new method will involve the use of machines similar to the machines that sell stamps, revealing that these machines will be placed in commercial complexes and governmental offices. The sources stressed that this method is safe and effective, and it will facilitate control over the donations and ensure they are used legally and properly, adding that the charitable societies will be obligated to receive donations from these machines after the method is approved by the undersecretary. In another development, sources said the ministry is waiting for the charitable societies to provide it with their schedules for closing down their illegal branches.

They revealed that only two charitable societies have so far complied with the ministry’s instructions and presented their schedules for closing down their illegal branches. The sources indicated that the ministry, in cooperation with the charitable societies, has so far closed down 34 illegal branches while 107 branches will soon be closed, adding that the total number of charitable societies’ branches is 153 out of which 12 are licensed and 141 are not.

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