MP queries on causes of delay in activating domestic workers law

Legal affairs panel to discuss set of bills Sunday

Khalil Al-Saleh

KUWAIT CITY, April 8: At a time when the issue of hiring domestic workers is discussed at every level, MP Khalil Al- Saleh has submitted a joint parliamentary query to the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Anas Al Saleh and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid Al- Jarrah Al-Sabah on the causes for delay in activating the Domestic Workers Law and the procedures for the establishment of a company to recruit domestic workers.

Al-Saleh explained the lack of seriousness in tackling the crisis of domestic workers has led to worsening the situation and massive hikes in prices which has put a burden on the citizens and their livelihood. He said in spite of linking the domestic workers issue directly to the reality faced by a citizen and its impact on the income of families, the government inability is staring in the face because the domestic workers law passed by the National Assembly has yet to be activated.

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He stressed the need for the concerned ministries to find alternatives countries which can export domestic workers to replace some countries which have stopped sending this denomination of workers to Kuwait.

He added that since the government’s continued delay will cause prices to hike drastically, it has become imperative to rectify the situation through urgent and decisive action and expand the areas of communication with the labor exporting nations.

Al-Saleh wants to know what caused the delay in activating the domestic Workers Law No. 69/2015 and who is responsible. He also wants to know if there are any legislative or other obstacles facing its implementation and what actions have been taken to resolve those constraints if any? He also wants to know if procedures have begun for the establishment of domestic workers recruitment company in accordance with the law and when will this company see the light of day.

Meanwhile, the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly will look during its next meeting Sunday, the amnesty law for crimes of opinion committed for political reasons or purpose related to internal affairs, in the presence of the minister of justice, and president of the Council of the Judiciary and the attorney-general, or their representatives.

In addition, the committee will discuss a set of bills on amending some provisions of Law No.2/2016 on creating Anti-Corruption Public Authority and provisions on financial disclosure and conflict of interest and code of conduct.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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