Delay in new govt decried

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 28: MPs Osama Al- Shaheen, Mubarak Al-Hajraf, Hamad Al- Matar, Abdullah Fehad and Abdulaziz Al- Saqaabi have submitted a proposal for the Public Authority of Manpower (PAM) to launch a platform/application named ‘Barerah’ to receive the domestic labor recruitment requests of citizens. The platform will receive the requests of citizens, who are above 21 years old and have their own families, to recruit domestic workers; including cooks, laborers and drivers. The platform is named after Barerah who served in the house of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The lawmakers explained that the proposal aims to develop competitiveness in order to reduce the cost and improve the service. They said the platform will provide guarantee for the employers in case the worker absconds or declines the job offer. In another development, MP Saleh Ashour cited Article 87 of the Constitution, which specifies a period of two weeks for the formation of a new government and Article 106 on the authority of His Highness the Amir to suspend parliamentary sessions once only and for a period of one month. He pointed out that the current situation is an indirect disruption of parliamentary work. He called for immediate correction of the situation, which he described as suspension of the Constitution.

Meanwhile, MP Soud Al-Asfour praised the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Interior to combat drug trafficking. He stressed the need to make sure that all workers at the concerned authorities like the ministry, Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA), Kuwait General Administration of Customs (KGAC) and others are not involved in suspicious activities. On the other hand, MP Hamad Al-Matar forwarded queries to Minister of Health Ahmad Abdulwahab Al-Adwani about the video clips of aircraft spraying unknown materials that went viral on social media recently. He wants to know the components of these materials, their quantity, if they are dangerous for human beings, number of times they were sprayed and why the process is repeated frequently.

MP Mubarak Al-Tasha asked Minister of Justice, Endowments and Islamic Affairs and State Minister for Integrity Promotion Abdulaziz Majed Al-Majed if the Fatwa Department at the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs presented its opinion on the proposed closure of commercial shops during the Friday sermon. If yes, he demanded for a copy. If no, he inquired about the religious opinion on this issue supported with evidence.

MP Majed Al-Mutairi asked State Minister for National Assembly Affairs, Housing and Urban Development Ammar Al-Ajmi about the reasons behind the delayed filling up of vacant supervisory positions at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). He wants to know the plan of the ministry in filling up vacancies and dates of the publication of recruitment advertisements for this purpose. He also requested for the list of vacant positions in subsidiary institutions, including the DGCA.

MP Thamer Al-Suwait asked Minister of Finance Abdulwahab Al-Rashead to provide him with the list of approved and rejected projects submitted to the National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises, reasons for rejecting some enterprises, and list of enterprises submitted four months ago and have not been settled till date.

MP Mehalhal Al-Mudaf asked Minister of Public Works, Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy Amani Bugamaz about the contractor that constructed Salmi Road, company tasked to maintain the road, total cost of road construction, and dates of the last and upcoming maintenance works. He also inquired if the ministry has reports on the traffic accidents on Salmi Road, flying pebbles cases and if the contractor will pay fines for the damages on the road.

MP Hamad Al-Obaid asked Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Barrak Al-Sheetan about the number of expatriate consultants at the Secretariat General of the Council of Ministers, why the expatriate consultants who have been in service for more than 20 years were not replaced with Kuwaitis, and total number of expatriate workers at the Secretariat General.

MP Abdullah Al-Mudaf asked Minister of Commerce and Industry and State Minister for Communication and Information Technology Affairs Mazen Al-Nahed if there are expatriates among the beneficiaries of industrial and vocational plots through partnership with nationals since 2006 till date. He also asked Minister of Finance Abdulwahab Al-Rashead to provide him with the list of rent contracts for State properties, such as shopping malls, including the rent amount and term of every contract. He wants to know if the ministry will put up for bidding the commercial complexes for rent upon the termination of the existing contracts as per law number 116/ 2014. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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