KUWAIT CITY, Feb 12, (Agencies): Achieving development in Kuwait is a joint responsibility and needs concerted efforts from all bodies, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Sabeeh has stressed. Al-Sabeeh said some bodies delayed reply to letters sent by the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (SCPD) on some recommendations and inquiries, the council said in a press statement on Friday, citing the minister.
This runs counter to the government’s policy aiming to push ahead the wheel of production and carry out development projects, she said during a meeting with a number of undersecretaries. Al-Sabeeh, also Minister of State for Development and Planning, urged all executive bodies to pay much attention to these recommendations and inquiries. She reviewed some letters sent by the council’s committees to the government departments for inquiries, saying some ministries don’t interact quickly with these letters.
Meanwhile, SCPD Secretary General Dr. Khaled Mahdi said the Secretariat will follow up on letters between the council’s committees and government bodies to make sure interaction of these bodies to secure responses. This move will be carried out through the Internet to facilitate the follow-up process, he added.
The government, which has been carrying out a study on the reduction of subsidies and the implementation of an economic plan to solve the deficit in the budget, intends to apply the study without accepting any amendments to it, reports Al-Anba daily quoting informed sources. They said, “While most MPs are against this study of the government, some are supporting it in order to make sure the citizens are participants in the rationalization”.
The sources indicated that the study will most likely be implemented in March or at least by beginning of April. Meanwhile, MP Saleh Ashour affirmed that he is in support of the citizens who he believes should not be affected by the issue such as by lifting the subsidies unless the issues reaches the last stage and the rich citizens have been targeted first. He revealed that the government and some officials are exaggerating the economic problem that the country is facing, insisting that Kuwait has huge reserves and the next generation fund. He added that Kuwait is a small country with huge capacity, and this crisis is not as bad as