Ease conditions for jobs

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 2: National Assembly Speaker Ahmad Al-Sa’adoun has invited the lawmakers and government to the ordinary session scheduled for Tuesday to discuss the following: – Grilling motion of MP Mubarak Al-Hajraf against Minister of Finance Abdulwahab Al-Rashead on these issues covering up the negligence of the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) employees in collecting the debts of companies estimated at KD95 million, harmful effect of Kuwait Finance House’s acquisition of the shares of Ahli United Bank on public funds, loss of public funds estimated at 178 million euros when Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) purchased Daimler Benz, failure to enforce law number 1/1993 on protecting public funds, misleading the Assembly by providing wrong and incomplete information, and mismanagement of the Future Generations and Public Reserve funds, Zain House and Saint Martin companies for infrastructure – a subsidiary of KIA.

National Assembly Speaker Ahmed Al-Saadoun

Grilling motion of MP Jenan Bu Shehri against Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Barrak Al-Sheetan on the erroneous implementation of Article 80 of PIFSS Law number 61/1976 that allows the Cabinet to grant exceptional salaries and pension, appointment of senior officials who did not fulfill the conditions, and failure to forge cooperation between the legislative and executive authorities.

Report of the Housing Affairs Committee on the proposed establishment of a shareholding company for the construction of new residential cities. – Reports of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee on the following bills: citizens loan purchase, waive off interest on loans, amendment of PIFSS Law number 61/1976, establishment of a company for marketing local agricultural products, transformation of Kuwait Airways Corporation into a shareholding company, amendment of the law on establishing Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), and to refund illegally collected loan interest.

Report of the Interior and Defense Affairs Committee on the proposal to amend the Election and National Assembly laws. – Report of the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee on the proposed amendment of Penal Code number 17/1960. – Report of the Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee on the proposal to increase the allowance of Kuwaiti students. – Request of several lawmakers to allocate two hours of the session for deliberations on the deterioration of roads and fl ying pebbles, and two hours for discussing the performance of World Health Organization (WHO) in Kuwait and for the government to present its vision on this issue.

Request of some lawmakers to form a temporary committee for the affairs of retirees. – Report of the State Audit Bureau (SAB) on the Eurofighter aircraft deal. Meanwhile, Chairman the Human Resources Committee MP Muhammad Al-Huwaila urged Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Oil Bader Al-Mullah to ease the conditions for job applicants in the oil sector. He said these conditions include non-registration at PIFSS, the graduation certificate should not have been issued three years ago, age and general weighted average stated in the graduation certificate. He stressed the need to hire as many Kuwaiti graduates as possible in line with the policy of nationalizing public sector jobs. He also suggested that the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) and Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC) must organize training courses for graduates specialized in the field of oil or petroleum. He then submitted a proposal to remove the difficult conditions from the job advertisements published by KNPC and its subsidiaries.

Moreover, MP Khalid Al-Omaira submitted a proposal to organize training courses for the disabled through the coordinated efforts of the Public Authority for Disabled Affairs (PADA) and Public Authority for Manpower (PAM). He explained these training courses will help those with disabilities in merging with mainstream society and securing jobs in the private sector. He recommended granting privileges to private establishments that hire persons with special needs. Also, MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari praised Minister of Interior Sheikh Talal Khalid Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah for enforcing the law on addressing the demographic imbalance issue. He stressed the need to expedite the issuance of the executive regulations for this law, which was ratified in 2020. He added the justice minister had earlier confirmed that the executive regulations are ready. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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