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Speaker calls Tuesday, Wednesday sessions

KUWAIT CITY, March 16: National Assembly Speaker Ahmad Al-Saadoun has invited the lawmakers and government to the ordinary sessions slated for Tuesday and Wednesday next week to discuss the following:

■ Approval of the minutes of sessions held on Jan 10- 11, Jan 24-25 and Feb 7, 2023;

■ Incoming letters;

■ Petitions and complaints;

■ Queries forwarded to various ministers;

■ Grilling motion of MP Mubarak Al-Hajraf against Minister of Finance Abdulwahab Al-Rashead on various issues as follows:
* Covering up the negligence of workers at the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) in collecting debts of companies amounting to almost KD95 million,
* Damaging public funds as a result of Kuwait Financial House’s acquisition of Ahli United Bank,
* Damaging public funds as a result of Kuwait Investment Authority’s (KIA) purchase of Daimler Benz for about 178 million Euros, * Failure to enforce Public Funds Protection Law number 1/1993,
* Misleading the Assembly by providing erroneous and incomplete responses to queries,
* Mismanagement of the Future Generations and Public Reserve funds,
* Mismanagement of Zain House and Saint Martin companies for infrastructure — a subsidiary of KIA.

■ Grilling motion of MP Jenan Bu Shehri against Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Barrak Al-Sheetan on the following issues:
* Erroneous implementation of Article 80 of Public Institution for Social Security Law number 61/1976 on the exceptional salary and pension of officials,
* Issuance of decrees on the appointment of senior officials who did not meet the conditions,
* Failure to strengthen coordination between the legislative and executive authorities.

■ Report of the Response to Amiri Speech Committee for the first year of the 17th parliamentary term;

■ Report of the Housing Affairs Committee on the proposed establishment of companies for the establishment of new residential cities. The bill was approved in its first reading on Dec 21, 2022.

■ Reports of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee on the proposed purchase of citizens’ loans and writing off loan interest;

■ Reports of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee on the proposed amendment of Public Institution for Social Security Law number 61/1976, Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), establishment of a shareholding company for marketing local agricultural products, transformation of Kuwait Airways Corporation into a shareholding company, and refund of loan interest illegally collected from citizens by banks under the monitoring of the Central Bank of Kuwait;

■ Reports of the Interior and Defense Affairs Committee on the proposed amendment of Elections Law number 35/1962 and reforming constituencies;

■ Reports of the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee on the proposed amendment of the National Assembly Law and Penal Code number 17/1960;

■ Reports of the Foreign Affairs Committee on the proposal for Kuwait to join the Nairobi International Convention on the removal of wrecks issued in 2007;

■ Reports of Health, Social and Labor Affairs Committee on bills about the health insurance for retirees;

■ Reports of the Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee on the proposal to amend Article Six of law number 10/1995 in order to increase the allowance of Kuwaitis studying in colleges, universities and higher institutes, including Kuwait University and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training;

■ Reports of the Public Funds Protection Committee on the semi-annual report of Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) — from April 1, 2022 to Sept 30, 2022 as well as the public fund cases for the years 2020, 2021 and 2022;

■ Reports of the State Audit Bureau on the Eurofighter aircraft deal.

Meanwhile, MP Osama Al-Shaheen forwarded queries to Minister of Public Works, Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy Amani Bugamaz about the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) employees’ demand for pollution, remote workplace and hazard allowances. He wants to know the criteria for granting allowances to employees, if the employees who demanded for allowances have been referred for investigation, and if such measure is legal and in line with public freedom and labor rights regulations.

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