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Prepared for the summer?

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KUWAIT CITY, April 2: Fearing power outage during the summer in some parts of the country which has been a common sight over the past years, MP Thamer Al-Zufairi has forwarded parliamentary queries to Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water on the readiness of the ministries to prevent the similar scenarios.

He wants to know if the ministry of Electricity and Water has put in place any plan to prevent the power outage during summer. He also inquired if the Ministry is ready to contain the expected pressure on power plants during the summer period. He also wants to know the rate of power consumption per day against the power production.

He also wants to know what the strategic water storage capacity in Kuwait is, and how long will this suffice in case of emergency and if the water treatment is according to global requirements. What is the actual plan of the ministry to increase production of electricity and water over the next five years and if it will be enough for the housing projects planned to implement in Mutla’a and South of Saad Abdullah and other new areas? He also wants to know number of companies the ministry has signed a contract with to operate the power plants and the number of sessions dedicated to train the staff working at these power stations and number of actual beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly Sunday approved a proposal to increase the bonuses and allowances for employees of the ministries of Awqaf and Education.

The committee also discussed and approved a proposed amendment to the law to increase financial support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The committee also agreed to a proposal for housing care. The head of the committee MP Mohammed Al-Dallal confirmed the committee has looked into the proposals submitted by MPs. He noted the committee has discussed 123 laws and given a nod to 50 and submitted them to the competent committees.

It is up these committees to tackle the laws. Al-Dallal explained the committee has contributed to the decision on amending the Juvenile Law and the Administrative Court Law with regards to withdrawing or dropping citizenship as well as pre-trial detention. He added, the committee will soon submit completed reports and also contribute to the discussions on issues of immunities. He added the committee also agreed to convert Kuwait Airways Corporation into a joint stock company and reemploy the citizens.

The committee also agreed to lift the parliamentary immunity of MP Mohammed Hayef in the press misdemeanor case. On the other hand, the Rapporteur of the National Assembly’s Finance Committee MP Safa’a Al-Hashem disclosed the committee on Sunday discussed proposals on end of service indemnities for military personnel working in all ministries but the committee has yet to vote on the issue. The issue has been postponed for the next meeting until the Public Institute for Social Security gives a detailed report on the financial aspect of the proposal.


By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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