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Tuesday , December 10 2019

‘No increase in residence fees or traffic violation fines this yr’ – Waiting period of housing applicants reduced from 15 years to 5 years

KUWAIT CITY, June 25: It’s almost certain there won’t be any increase in residency fees or traffic fines this year, reports Al-Rai daily.

The daily quoting a source added the proposed increase to residency fees and traffic fines, which was expected to be referred to the parliament in the current term, has since been postponed to the next parliamentary term.

Security and legal sources noted the committee for legal affairs completed its study on the proposed increase of residency fees and referred its report to the Cabinet. However, proposal to increase the value of traffic violations is still with the committee due to some obstacles watered down in coordination with the new Transport Affairs Authority to prevent overlapping and contradictory measures.

Sources added the Cabinet requested Fatwa and Legislation Department to postpone the bill until the next parliamentary term with the aim of presenting both proposals together, instead of individual. They indicated the decision was taken partly because one of the proposals was late.

Meanwhile, Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) announced on Thursday it was coordinating with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor to allow workers to change their work permits in order to get employment at cooperative societies provided they did not violate the terms of their original employment in the first place.

Aseel Al-Maziyad, head of the authority’s public relations department, said in a statement to KUNA that employment departments were receiving requests of workers to change the status of their work permit to qualify them to work at any cooperative society.

Head of the parliament’s Housing Committee MP Faisal Al-Kandari revealed that five housing projects worth a total of KD 1,011,498,000 and with about 80,000 housing units in Jaber Al-Ahmad, West Abdullah Mubarak, South Sabah Al-Ahmad, South Saad Al-Abdullah and South Mutla areas will be completed in the year 2020, reports Annahar daily.

During a press conference which was held in his diwaniya in Fahad Al-Ahmad area, Al-Kandari said the parliament managed to reduce the waiting period of housing applicants from 15 years to five years, while the previous parliaments had postponed the distribution of housing units, which had resulted in the accumulation of housing requests.

He revealed that an integrated city plan will be prepared and implemented with the aim of providing plots and housing alternatives. Al-Kandari affirmed that the achievements of the present parliament include provision of building materials at subsidized rate of about 30 percent for those who received housing loans and distribution of 12,000 housing units in the year 2015.

He reiterated that about 80,000 housing units will be distributed within the next five years, which include 30,400 housing units in Mutla, 25,000 in South Saad Al-Abdullah and 25,000 in South Sabah Al-Ahmad.

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