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MP airs concern on fee hikes that duck law

MP Mohammad Al-Dalaal

KUWAIT CITY, March 24: MP Mohammed Al-Dalaal has expressed objection to the proposed introduction of fees for public services or increasing the current fees unless the National Assembly ratifies a law in this regard, urging his colleagues to stand against such a governmental directive.

Speaking to reporters at the National Assembly Media Center, Al-Dalaal disclosed that despite parliamentary warnings against increasing fees for public services without issuing legislation, the government insists on doing so and it has in fact increased fees for some services offered by the Kuwait Municipality and Interior Ministry as per reports published by several media outlets. He pointed out the governmental directive came after the Assembly rejected the proposed taxes, indicating this directive is against the Constitution which prohibits increasing fees for public services – more than the fees specified in 1994 – unless a law is enacted. He then submitted queries to every governmental body reported to have increased fees, asking about their reasons and the opinion of the State Audit Bureau (SAB) on this matter.

In another development, MP Riyadh Al- Adsani asserted that improvement of governmental management, transparency, implementation of the Confl ict of Interest Law and assurance of excluding any practice against the culture of the country are primary requirements for studying the Northern Financial City Project. He said this is a message for HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak as he is responsible for the general policy of the country and First Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah as he was appointed supervisor of the project. He asserted the government had earlier failed in the implementation of major projects, citing Jaber Hospital and Jaber Stadium as examples.

He said this calls for a comprehensive plan and thorough preparation in line with the Constitution, especially since the Northern Financial City is a mega project consisting of 42 enterprises with cost estimated at KD 22 billion and an investment value of about $450 to $600 billion.

Furthermore, MPs Mohammed Al-Dalaal, Abdullah Al-Kandari, Bader Al-Mulla, Osama Al-Shaheen and Khaleel Abdullah submitted a bill on the amendment of Civil Service Law No. 15/1979. The MPs said the current law addresses every aspect of retirement, yet each ministry implements its own regulations; hence, the inconsistencies in documentation and paper works which sometimes lead to loss of retirement rights.

The bill introduces an additional clause in Article 32 of the law, stipulating that the Civil Service Commission shall specify the requirements and regulations for retirement; including reasons for retirement referral, notification period, exclusions and standard procedures.

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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