‘Exodus’ blamed on low salary: Al-Ghunaim

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 2: Undersecretary at the Ministry of Public Works Engineer Awatef Al-Ghunaim disclosed that exodus of qualified Kuwaiti employees from the ministry is due to low salary and lack of allowances commensurable to the duties they perform, reports Al-Rai daily.

Engineer Al-Ghunaim pledged the traffic gridlock will fade away when the series of ongoing road projects are completed. She asserted the current Tenders Law should be amended to meet up with the requirements of 21st century, adding the wheel of accomplishments will not stop if concerned officials prioritize Kuwait in their activities. She noted the Ministry of Public Works is among the ministries most affected in terms of bureaucratic in the implementation of projects. She assured the ministry will not hesitate to wield the big stick on errant contractors who violate regulations governing contracts sealed with them.

She revealed the budget for the current fiscal year is about KD 7 billion, and there is no space for laxity in performing duties. She also said responsibilities are huge and developing Kuwait through gigantic projects rests on teamwork. She described recent rumor peddled by some people about the ministry diverting polluted waste water into the sea as unfounded, reaffirming there is no iota of truth in the claim. She stressed the need for practical procedures to be implemented in the designing stage to ensure the time frame for completion of projects is honored.

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