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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 14: According to the State Audit Bureau’s report for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the Ministry of Justice saved KD 15 million in expenses, despite the decrease in the revenues collected, and the non-collection of a total of KD 23.8 million, reports Al-Rai daily. The report recorded several observations, the most prominent of which are:
■ Weak mechanisms and procedures for controlling the payment of salaries, which resulted in the disbursement of KD 516,000 without any right
■ Inflated local current assets account balance as receivables, as amounts under collection are KD 876,000, and these amounts remain uncollected
■ Revolving balances in the account of debts owed by the government, amounting to KD 950 thousand, which continue to remain unsettled
■ Weak monitoring of real estate registration operations, which affected the percentage of revenues
■ Differences of KD 3 million between the automated output in the government’s financial management systems, and the statement extracted from the automated system for real estate registration, indicating the inaccuracy of registration and the provisions of control over it
■ Failure to collect KD 136,000 from a local bank due to the ministry’s inaction in implementing the terms of the contract and following up on its revenues
■ The inability to verify the entitlement to disbursement of KD 38,000 to the beneficiaries of the Family Insurance Fund, without attaching the certificate of the Public Institution for Social Security
■ Disbursing amounts without entitlement from the Family Insurance Fund to non-Kuwaitis
■ Continuing to transfer KD 1.5 million annually to the Family Insurance Fund, despite the inflated account balance
■ The ministry’s failure to take measures to end the centralization of contracting regarding some contracts for housing judges and advisors, which amounted to approximately KD 700,000 annually
■ Burdening the State Treasury with a sum of KD 190,000 for the residence of the newly loaned members of the judiciary in hotels for a long period, as a result of the lack of prior coordination to allocate housing and appropriate furniture to them
■ Unjustly depositing KD 168,000 as salaries for the ministry’s employees.