KUWAIT CITY, Jan 5: The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced the cancellation of some privileges granted to officials of government authorities, such as renting cars and buildings for them and paying for their petrol, reports Al-Seyassah daily. In a press statement, the commission explained this step was taken in line with the recommendation of the Finance Ministry to regulate expenditures in public institutions.
The commission disclosed a decision has been taken to grant KD 250 allowance to the officials in lieu of the above mentioned privileges in order to limit expenditures. Meanwhile, Al-Anba daily has quoted Finance Ministry Undersecretary Khalifa Hamada as saying that the proposed rationalization of subsidies is still under study and no date has been specified yet for its submission to the Cabinet. Meanwhile, the Public Authority for Manpower has started the implementation of the unified labor contract which serves the interests of both parties, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources.
Sources explained any transaction not covered by the contract will not be approved in labor departments and the automated program for the issuance of labor permits. In the meantime, Minister of Justice, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yacoub Al-Sane has confirmed that he will not allow any ideology or political current to control the Ministry of Awqaf, reports Al-Anba daily.
In a phone interview, Al-Sane said he is one of the ministers who apply the policy of replacement in ministries and government authorities, stressing the citizen is a priority. He said the ministry took part in addressing several public concerns by changing the religious speech and highlighting several issues such as traffic problems, collection of unlicensed weapons and employees’ productivity. Indicating that positive cooperation between the executive and legislative authorities led to legislative revolution, Al-Sane disclosed a draft law is being prepared to establish economic courts in line with the vision of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to transform Kuwait into an international economic and financial hub. He said he expects immediate ratification of the draft law, while stressing the need to quickly take decisions on economic cases. The list of 73 civilian workers at the Interior Ministry, who will be referred for retirement as they have been in service for more than 30 years, was submitted recently to Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid for approval, reports Al-Kuwaitiyah daily quoting sources.