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MP seeks answers to appointments in KAC

CSC to endorse organisational structure of PAM

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 21: MP Khalid Al-Otaibi has forwarded questions to Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Economic Affairs Hind Al-Subaih about the appointments in Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC).

Al-Otaibi said the recent appointments under the current KAC Board of Directors were marred by irregularities and violations. He asked the minister to submit the names of all those appointed under the current board of directors, their qualifications, work experience, duties, copies of their employment contracts, minutes of board meetings and decisions taken under the current board of directors.

Meanwhile, Al-Subaih unveiled a plan to issue decisions concerning the labor market in order to reduce the number of marginal workers in the country. She said these decisions are under study and they will be announced in the coming weeks. She added the Civil Service Commission (CSC) will endorse the organizational structure of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) after the integration of the workforce restructuring program and executive apparatus of the State.

Al-Subaih made the statement during the inspection tour of the blood bank project in Adan Health Center (Cooperative Center for Blood Transfusion), which is being established through funding from the National Cooperative Projects Committee.

Also present were Minister of Health Dr Jamal Al-Harbi, Chairman of Performance Follow-up Agency Sheikh Ahmed Mishal Al-Sabah, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs Saad Al-Kharraz and Assistant Undersecretary for Cooperative Affairs Shaikha Al-Adwani. During the tour, Al-Subaih said she is happy to see the signs of realizing the dream to establish the second blood bank in the country.

She revealed the first blood bank was established in 1965, adding that “we are witnessing this achievement and we are also moving towards the establishment of the third blood bank in Jahra to serve the northern area, next to the new medical complex.” On the other hand, Al-Harbi confirmed that the Blood Bank Hospital will start operating by the beginning of 2018. He said the Ministry of Health has prepared the tender for the new building and it is now in the hands of the Central Tenders Committee (CTC). He added the Blood Bank building in Ahmadi Health District is located in an area measuring 16,400 square meters and the cost is estimated at KD 6 million. He went on to say the Blood Bank in Adan is unique as it is close to the Air Ambulance Building, and it will serve the whole country and consists of 40 beds.

Moreover, Deputy Board Chairman of the company tasked to execute the project Hussein Al-Kharafi affirmed that this is the fruit of the coordinated efforts of various sectors. He stressed that Kuwait has several advantages which are not found in other countries, making the project possible. He then praised the efforts exerted by the ministers of Social Affairs and Health to combat corruption and improve the health sector.

In another development, the Ministry of Interior has informed the parliamentary Interior and Defense Committee about the proposal to install surveillance cameras for police patrols; taking into consideration the installation of three cameras in each of the 777 traffic and public security patrols. The ministry said it decided to present the proposal after seeing the positive results of the installation of surveillance cameras in traffic and public security patrols.


By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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