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Jobs bill to axe expats

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 28: MP Hesham Al-Saleh has submitted a bill on amending Civil Service Law No. 15/1976 in order to nationalize public sector jobs. According to the bill, the appointment, reshuffle, promotion and delegation of employees must be based on the decision of the relevant executive institution, except the supervisory jobs which require the issuance of a special decree.

The bill stipulates that the recruitment of expatriates must be on temporary basis and only if no Kuwaiti or anyone under the other categories is available for the job.

The order of priority in recruitment is as follows:

A. Kuwaitis

B. Children of Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis

C. Bedouns

D. Citizens of other countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

E. Other nationalities If employees under category E are appointed with more than KD 750 salary, their names and job descriptions must be published in the official Kuwait Gazette.

Before appointing employees under category E, the concerned institution must consult the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to ensure that no one among the applicants under the other categories is available for the job.

MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari has proposed amendment of Penal Code No. 16/1960 and Procedures Code number 17/1960 in view of the rising number of violence cases.

The bill defines ‘cold weapon’ or ‘white arm’ as including all objects which could cause cuts, damages or bruises like knives, swords, daggers, lances, single-edged and double-edged knives, pointed or sharp metal bars, axes, penknives, sticks with pointy ends and iron.

Cold weapons are not covered by the law on weapons and ammunitions in terms of importing, selling, possessing and carrying. They shall be covered by the executive decree which will be issued by the interior minister who takes decisions on when and where cold weapons are prohibited, as well as the procedures for importing and selling them.

Whoever violates the executive decree will be imprisoned for a maximum period of three months and fined KD 1,000 maximum or any of these penalties.

MP Osama Al-Shaheen presented a proposal to curb the spread of negative phenomena, such as the spread of violence. He suggested the Public Relations and Media Security General Department in the Ministry of Interior should conduct public awareness campaigns for the youths to know the consequences of engaging in violence.

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