KUWAIT CITY, April 28: The Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) will soon start installing smart meters in the commercial sector in line with the newly-approved electricity and water charges based on consumption. In a press statement, Assistant Undersecretary for Planning and Training Dr Mish’an Al-Otaibi affirmed that the ministry will start preparing the executive bylaws of the law to pave way for its full implementation.
He said the smart meters will be set on the same day the law takes effect, adding that the installation of the meters will be done in commercial buildings initially.
On other sectors, he pointed out these sectors — trade, industry, agriculture and government — have fixed electricity and water charges so the smart meters will be installed first in the commercial sector. He added the ministry has been given one-year grace period for the installation of smart meters and to complete other related procedures, followed by the installation of meters in other sectors.
It is worth mentioning that consumption of the commercial sector constitutes only 20 percent of the total consumption. According to the ministry, the law will be implemented gradually as per the stipulations of the law.
Assistant Undersecretary for Administrative and Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Communications Buthayna Al-Sebaiei has confirmed the allocation of KD 4.5 million for the excellent job performance bonus that will be paid to deserving employees in June, reports Al-Rai daily. Al-Sebaiei disclosed this decision was taken upon completion of the list of employees who fulfilled the conditions set by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), indicating the number of employees reached about 5,000. She also affirmed the formation of a committee tasked to receive complaints from employees excluded from the list.
Meanwhile, speaking in her capacity as Chairperson of the Supervisory Positions Committee, Al-Sebaiei announced the retirement of 10 employees in supervisory posts as they have reached the legal retirement age.
The Postal and Administrative Affairs sectors in the Ministry of Communications will soon reshuffl e and transfer many employees, especially those assigned in supervisory posts, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources. Sources disclosed about 2,000 employees in the Postal Sector while the Administrative Affairs Sector has 700 employees. Sources explained the reshuffl e and transfer will be done after the retirement of those who have been in service for 30 years and the establishment of the Public Authority for Communications.
By Mohammad Ghanem Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies