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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 20: MP Faisal Al-Kandari submitted three bills – one of which is on increasing the minimum pension of retirees to KD 1,500. He suggested that the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) should increase the pension every three years for retirees to cope with the rising cost of living. He also proposed the establishment of a health district in Sabah Al-Ahmad Residential City and a university in the southern area which includes Sabah Al- Ahmad Residential City, Wafra and Khairan.
MP Abdulaziz Al-Saqaabi submitted a bill to amend Article 98 of the National Assembly Law such that the bills submitted by MPs will be referred directly to the concerned parliamentary committees, instead of sending them to the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee first. He explained that when this condition was included in the law, the constitutional and legal knowledge of MPs were limited; hence, the need to submit the bills first to the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee to affirm their constitutionality.
At present, the MPs have ample legal and constitutional knowledge; so they can draft bills in line with the Constitution and without overlapping with other laws. The bill is aimed at saving time and preventing the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee from manipulating the procedure to serve personal interests. The present members of the committee are honest; but in the past, some of the chairpersons deliberately disrupted certain bills for benefit some individuals, he concluded.
On the other hand, MP Adel Al Damkhi stressed the need to approve the State budget and that of independent institutions and subsidiaries for fiscal 2021/2022; as the delay caused many problems like the lack of budget for the leave encashment of public sector employees. He said some institutions did not hand over their profits to the public treasury and this delayed the implementation of housing projects. He added there are 25 vacancies in various ministries, but the delayed approval of the State budget led to the suspension of recruitment.
He also revealed that he obtained information that the aircraft included in the Karacal deal will be handed over to the Ministry of Defense soon despite studies showing defects in the aircraft. He warned that Minister of Defense Sheikh Abdullah Ali Salem Al-Sabah will be held responsible if the hand over pushes through in spite of the defects.
Meanwhile, MP Hamdan Al-Azmi criticized the decision of the General Traffic Department to give the owners of wedding halls in South Sabahiya three days to evacuate, as the buildings will be demolished after the specified period. He wondered why the decision is implemented only in this area, stressing it is unacceptable to threaten citizens for the benefit of infl uential people. Furthermore, Assembly Speaker Ahmed Al-Saadoun recently discussed various issues with State Minister for Urban Development, Housing and National Assembly Affairs Ammar Al-Ajmi. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh, Arab Times Staff