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Higher salaries for expat professionals questioned – ‘Hire retirees in public, private sectors’

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KUWAIT CITY, June 7: MP Bader Al-Humaidi forwarded queries to Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Oil and State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Muhammad Al-Fares about the recruitment of two expatriates – purchase manager and legal researcher – for the Amiri Diwan with a salary of KD1,000 each. He asked if the Diwan published a job advertisement and whether Kuwaitis applied for these positions or not. He also asked Minister of Health Dr Khalid Al- Saeed about a document showing that an Egyptian doctor is receiving salary and allowances amounting to KD6,000 and if the Health Ministry published an advertisement for this job.

If the content of the document is true, he requested for justifications as Kuwaiti specialist doctors and surgeons are receiving a salary of KD5,000 or lower; while the expatriate doctor’s salary package is higher. He inquired about the number of Kuwaiti doctors with the same specialization as the Egyptian doctor – Interventional Radiology. In another development, Al-Humaidi submitted a proposal to recruit retirees for various jobs in the public and private sectors based on their experience and specializations under the wage system.

MP Al-SaifiMubarak Al-Saifihas forwarded queries to Health Minister Dr Khalid Al-Saeed about a decision issued in February 2022 regarding the creation of a new position – head of medical board. He wants to know the reasons for appointing certain doctors to such a position and if any of those appointed to the post took decisions against their colleagues based on malicious reports without conducting investigations. He also asked Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Essa Al-Kandari about the complaints of several employees, especially those assigned in Dar Al-Quran, regarding salary cuts which negatively affected their day-to-day life. He demanded for a list of the concerned employees including the amount deducted from their salaries and justifications for taking such a step. He inquired if an administrative and technical system is available for an employee to check his job record and access his career archive.

MP Ahmad Al-Hamad forwarded queries to Minister of Education and Higher Education Ali Al-Mudaf about the spread of private tutorials, which recently reached the students of Kuwait University (KU) and Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET). He asked if the Higher Education Ministry is aware of this phenomenon, if the ministry allows private tutorials, number of tutorial classes that the ministry provides to help students improve their academic performance, number of cases filed against the ministry regarding its decision on the accreditation of school certificates and number of these cases in which the ministry lost, total number of cases filed against the ministry over the past decade and number of cases in which the ministry lost, amount of compensation paid to the plaintiffs, if the ministry conducted studies to determine the causes of such loss, reason why the Kuwaitis studying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are not covered by health insurance, alternatives for students not covered by health insurance, and if it is possible to replace the health insurance with cash.

On the other hand, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim sent a cable to Speaker of the Bangladeshi Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury to express condolences over the victims of the fire which broke out in Sitakunda, Bangladesh recently. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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