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‘Advisors from Egypt terminated’

Fresh monitoring ‘regulations’ on books issued, says minister

KUWAIT CITY, June 27: State Minister for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Information Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah revealed that the ministry has executed several measures concerning administrative and financial violations which were mentioned in the agenda of the interpellation against former minister of Information Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud, reports Aljarida daily.

In response to the question asked by MP Abdullah Al-Kandari concerning remedying the violations, Sheikh Mohammad indicated that some of the employees have been placed under investigation which is yet to be completed, affirming that contracts have been terminated for advisors from Egypt who held the positions of legal experts and researchers. He explained that the new monitoring regulations on books have been issued.

The authority in charge has more authority and is more flexible on positions related to printing and publishing of books. A work team has been formed which is headed by the undersecretary of Ministry of Information, and has several assistant undersecretaries and directors as its members with the aim of studying violations and giving observations.

The minister said, “All these are related to the items highlighted either in the interpellation or during discussions in the parliament. Remedying each of these violations and determining measures that would prevent repetition of any of the violations in the future after getting rid of the causes were tackled”. He went on to explain that the work team started its mandate since the issuance of the decision for its formation. It has tackled several recommendations including referring one of the officials in the ministry for investigations. The outcome was to refer to the disciplinary panel in the Civil Service Council as well as quick formation of the grievances panel to deal with appeals against the decisions to ban publication of books.

The minister also indicated that the committee continues to transfer jurist employees from various departments in the ministry to the legal sector, adding that a contract has been signed with one of the Kuwaiti legal advisor to support the legal sector, and that the process to hire the advisor is ongoing.

Meanwhile, State Minister for Housing Affairs and State Minister for Services Affairs Yasser Abul affirmed the importance of mortgage-based projects, investments and selffunding for residential housing projects, reports Aljarida daily.

He indicated that these aspects will be part of the study related to restructuring the realestate funding system in Kuwait Credit Bank, adding that the rest of the study will be related to the legal aspect, which is due to be completed soon.

In his response to the parliamentary question presented by MP Dr Waleed Al-Tabtabaie, the minister revealed that the contract of that study was signed with an international consultant last March, and the contract is due to continue to 60 weeks. He explained that the housing affairs ministry spares no effort when it comes to accomplishment of projects and to discipline those who caused delays.

Based on that, the ministry has withdrawn some contracts signed with companies due to their delays in accomplishing their parts in the contract on time. Periodic meetings are held with the representatives of the contractors to discuss the obstacles in order to eliminate them and avoid any delays, as well as to form a committee for studying projects that have stalled. Efforts are ongoing to implement its recommendations.

The minister indicated that the executive office affiliated to the Public Authority for Housing Welfare has 512 employees for fields such as engineering, technicians, supervisors and all other concerned professions. He said, “In order to avoid any shortages, the ministry recruits competent Kuwaitis and seeks assistance from consultation bureaus”.

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