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Thursday , August 22 2019

‘Zakat House staff did not get pay for 6 mths’ – ‘Need to amend appointments law’

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 6: Zakat House has not paid the salaries of its employees for more than six months, despite being a government agency where the employees are supposed to receive the full salary stipulated in the salary certificate in accordance with the civil service law, reports Al- Seyassah daily quoting informed sources. They explained that a large number of employees received just a quarter or a third of their salaries for more than six months even though they are supposed to receive their salaries like their counterparts in other governmental institutions and bodies.

A number of Kuwaiti employees enquired about the reason for such a situation in a government body that receives monthly budget in its bank account. They were informed by officials about the existence of a problem and were assured that this problem will be resolved soon. It is a known fact that the Zakat House receives assistance from companies and individuals who pay Zakat. In addition, the salaries of the employees are paid by Ministry of Finance.

A source said it is strange that all senior management employees are paid in full, but the deduction in salaries is applied to many employees who are aware of the deficit, adding that they filed complaints with their union but the latter did not move even a finger to help them in this regard. Meanwhile, MP Omar Al-Tabtabaie says the current law related to appointments in senior state positions was passed 30 years ago and has not witnessed any amendment since then, reports Al-Anba daily.

The lawmaker stressed the need to amend the law, indicating that he and his colleagues are doing their best to include the bill among the priorities in the next parliamentary session. Al-Tabtabaie explained that the bill suggests the formation of a government committee for choosing the leading officials. It also suggests the period for a senior official to stay in a leading position should be for maximum four years which is non-renewable.

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