KUWAIT CITY, May 29: The National Assembly on Tuesday approved the reports of the Budgets and Final Accounts Committee on the 2016/2017 final accounts and 2018/2019 budgets of the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR), Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), Kuwait Municipality, Public Authority for Minors Affairs (PAMA), Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), Kuwait University (KU), Capital Markets Authority (CMA) and Public Authority for Manpower (PAM).
During the discussion, several lawmakers expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of some government agencies and called on the government to abolish them. MP Riyadh Adsani stated that five government institutions keep their reserves worth KD 20 billion and this should be sent to the general reserve, while stressing the need for the government to abide by the rules on budgets.
MP Mohammed Al-Dalal wondered if Shadadiya University has become an elusive dream for Kuwait, considering the frequent fire incidents in the project site. He thinks some people do not want to see the completion of this project. He claimed PAAAFR has become a door for violations and personal interests, moving away from agriculture and food security. He called for reconsideration of many administrative matters in this authority. MP Khalil Abdullah Aboul argued that the closure of PAAAFR and KISR will be beneficial to the country because it is illogical that the PAAAFR spent its KD28 million budget on sheep which nobody has seen. He said it is better if the government spent this money for the people like solving the problems of retirees.
MP Hamdan Al-Azmi asked the government to quickly address the problems of farmers affected by the railway project. Information Minister Mohammed Al-Jabri, in his capacity as the person in charge of PAAAFR, responded to Azmi. He affirmed that the Council of Ministers intends to grant alternative plots to all farm owners affected by the railway line.
On the other hand, the Assembly approved the request of MP Riyadh Al-Adsani to mandate the State Audit Bureau (SAB) to audit the records of the Council of Ministers. He added the bureau must submit a report on the financial statements and final accounts of the council; including social benefits, transfers, bonuses, incentives and other expenses.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff