PAM head said referred for investigation
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 12: The Council of Ministers has approved the opinion of the Fatwa and Legislation Department and termed ‘illegal’ the decision issued by the Public Authority for Manpower not to renew the work permits of expatriates who are 60 years and above and hold only higher secondary school certificates or below, reports Al-Anba daily. The Fatwa department had earlier said the decision to ban the renewal of work permits for this category was issued without jurisdiction and based on a decision that was earlier canceled.
The sources confirmed that a decision will be reached during a meeting between the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Abdullah Al-Salman and the Board of Directors of Fatwa and Legislation Department of the Council of Ministers, which will then ask PAM to implement the decision. In response to a question about the fees that will be charged to the renewal of work permits for the 60-year-olds and above the sources said, the ‘current fees’ will apply, because the decision not to renew the work permits for this category of expatriates or force them to pay 2,000 dinars in addition to health insurance has been treated as if ‘it was not issued’.
Against the background of the decision that was invalidated by the Fatwa and Legislation Department last week, Al-Qabas learned that the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Abdullah Al-Salman, issued a decision based on the recommendation of the Council of Ministers to refer the Director of the Public Authority for Manpower Ahmed Al-Mousa for investigation, due to his issuing an “illegal” decision not to renew work permits for expatriates who have reached the age of 60 who hold a high school diploma or less.
Informed sources indicated to Al-Qabas that the investigation committee, consisting of advisors in fatwa and legislation, will initiate the investigation with the director of manpower and is authorized to summon any employee or consultant who contributed to issuing the “nullifed” decision, which caused grave economic and humanitarian consequences.