‘Social Affairs’ screens process of all benefits, allowances
KUWAIT CITY, May 6: Ministry of Commerce and Industry is all set to implement the electronic price monitoring project and has floated a tender for that purpose, reports Al-Rai daily.
The daily quoting a source added the Minister of Commerce and Industry Khalid Al-Roudhan has taken quick steps within a short period to accomplish the electronic price monitoring project on time due to importance he attaches to the project, especially the automation of services. He reaffirmed the system will be useful in providing consumers with weekly price lists for about 500 varieties of commodities.
The source indicated the number of commodities to be included in the electronic price monitoring system is open ended, indicating it will be increased the instant new commodities essential to the daily life of citizens and expatriates are available. This will be achieved through consistent and close monitoring of markets as well as the needs of citizens and expatriates, he said.
Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary for Social Welfare Affairs at Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Sheikha Al-Adwani affirmed that the ministry, based on directives of the Council of Ministers concerning rationalization of expenditures in ministries and all state agencies, has begun the screening process of all benefits and allowances that the ministry disburses to its employees, reports Aljarida daily.
She said the process is being carried out to assess and examine the scope of merit of these disbursements, and determine whether they are deserved or not. Al-Adwani highlighted that the process so far has uncovered shift allowance disbursements to some undeserving employees. She affirmed the correctness of the screening process, stressing that it was in the interest of distinguished employees who perform their work with all sincerity and honesty. She added that it encourages them to exert more efforts and at the same time, motivate their colleagues to emulate them.
Al-Adwani lamented that her sector lacks specialized technical staff qualified to deal with inmates especially in the juvenile and family custody. She said the current staff does not tally with the number of inmates, due to which efforts are currently ongoing to solve the problem by increasing the work incentives in the two departments.
Al-Adwani explained that placing parents in the elderly care facility is not a phenomenon at all in the society, as there are 27 elderly residents (12 men and 15 women) in the elderly home, and nine of them are Kuwaitis. It is worth mentioning that there are 53,000 elderly people in total in Kuwait.