Law calls for deportation of expats for environmental violations – 26,000 Kuwaitis exempted from paying fees

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 11: Director General and Board Chairman of Environment Public Authority (EPA) Sheikh Abdullah Al- Ahmed Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah, in a speech he delivered at the inauguration of the forum titled “Waste management for preserving health and unsustainable development”, revealed that the environment law has an article that states deportation of expatriates who commit environmental violations as penalty, reports Al-Nahar daily.

He indicated that some expatriates have been deported for committing dangerous environmental violations, adding that deportation is the right of Ministry of Interior, which decides on the suitable kind of penalty.

Sheikh Abdullah clarified that the role of EPA is limited to issuance of citations and referring them to Ministry of Interior for deciding on the relevant penalty. He affirmed that EPA welcomes any parliamentary questions regarding environmental issues and aimed at the interest of the country.

Sheikh Abdullah urged MPs to visit EPA, which has 674 employees who work on preserving the environment of Kuwait. Meanwhile, around 26,000 Kuwaitis are exempted from all fees charged by ministries and other public institutions, reports Al-Anba daily quoting governmental sources.

Sources disclosed that Kuwaitis, whose ages exceed 65 years and constitute about two percent of the 1.3 million Kuwaiti population, are among those exempted.

Sources said a circular on the exemption of the elderly above 65 years old was issued to ministries and other public institutions recently. Sources confirmed this decision took effect Thursday, indicating the ministries of Health and Interior were among the institutions that received the circular.

Sources added the beneficiaries must present their civil ID cards to be exempted from fees in all governmental institutions.

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