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New govt plans to increase water and electricity tariffs – Most issues expected to remain the same as old

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 18: Despite the messages from Government circles to the new lawmakers to close the old chapter and open a new one at the start of the new parliamentary term, it seems that the lawmakers will push for grilling episodes with the aim of creating tension and threat.

The situation is expected to remain the same for a moment or two, especially on issues related to citizenship, reform, and increase in electricity tariff and fuel prices.

In the bid to mount pressure on Government over these three issues, MP Mohammad Al-Mutair disclosed his readiness to propose appropriate amendment to Law No. 20/2016 concerning the electricity tariff raise.

He stressed that government has a duty to suspend implementation of the law in the spirit of building the bridge of cooperation. He stated failure to meet the terms could lead to grilling of the minister.

He indicated “increasing electricity and water tariffs is not just an executive action of the Ministry of Electricity and Water but an act that concerns the state’s public policies and affects various areas.”

Meanwhile, Minister of Health Dr Jamal Al-Harbi revealed the intention to embark on comprehensive procedures toward reforming overseas medical treatment file through major reshuffle and change of employees in the sector starting from the top echelon to the lowest. He said the procedures could be in the form of a new mechanism for sponsoring patients abroad for treatment.

It could be done by relying on withdrawing certain prerogatives of the Higher Committee on Overseas Medical Treatment such that the prerogatives will be limited to extension and change of the country of treatment, indicating specialized committees in the hospitals will be responsible for decisions on overseas treatment sponsorship.

By Abdul-Rahman Al- Shammari, Raed Yousef and Marwa Al-Bahrawi Al-Seyassah Staff

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