‘Cooperative Societies have no right to penalize’

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KUWAIT CITY, May 30: Head of the Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies Ali Al-Fahad affirmed the existence of tight control over the automated system in the catering branches of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, reports Al-Qabas daily. Al-Fahad said, “The role of cooperative societies in terms of food supplies is limited to the roles of managing distribution, annual inventory and selling according to adherence to the quotas prescribed for each person on a monthly basis.

The operation related to selling these materials in any location do not fall within the responsibilities of any cooperative society branch that is used to disburse items through it, especially after leaving the branch in all regions. The tightening of penalties for those who attempt to export these various types of food supplies outside the country falls on the General Administration of Customs, and for those who sell them in marketing outlets locally falls on the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The cooperative societies have no role in prosecuting any person who is later caught selling them, especially after they come out of the custody of cooperative societies. Some dispose of their rations willingly and give them to another person so that the latter sells them.

This matter is what explains their sale in some parallel commercial markets, which the Ministry of Commerce and Industry initiates to violate it, and take the necessary measures against it. The same thing is repeated when these supplies are seized at the ports by customs officers, as it is forbidden to export them outside the country. There are other roles for cooperative societies with regard to supply branches that are subject to the supervision of the Ministry of Commerce.

They include equipping the branch according to the requirements of the latter in terms of infrastructure, security means, internal control, quality of storage, and connecting computers to the ministry’s network, as well as equipping the branch with trained workers to transport food supplies from supply companies, and from mills to the supply branch daily, and to communicate with them and the rest of the suppliers of supply commodities, with the aim of providing the branch with the quantities and items that are sufficient to spend on the rations for citizens during each month without shortage of any item or ration for any citizen.”

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