KUWAIT CITY, May 29: MP Saad Al-Khanfour has called for resumption of direct flights to and from countries where a large number of Kuwaitis are studying, foremost of which are Egypt and Jordan. He pointed out that Kuwaiti students are suffering financially and morally due to recent decisions, considering families are exposed to the manipulation of several travel companies offering exorbitant transit packages and other problems. He asked the Council of Ministers to look into the possibility of allotting the fleet of Kuwait Airways Corporation for these Kuwaiti students to reach their destinations in batches to end their suffering.
Meanwhile, MPs Hassan Jawhar, Talal Al-Sayer, Abdullah Al-Mudaf and Mehalhal Al-Mudaf submitted a proposal to allow individuals who have yet to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel to countries which do not ban the entry of unvaccinated people. They suggested that these people must undergo institutional quarantine upon their return to Kuwait. Also, MP Khalid Al-Otaibi submitted a proposal to establish social and sports clubs for doctors and other medical personnel similar to the Police Officers Club and Army Officers Club. He said the establishment of these clubs for medical practitioners is one way of recognizing their efforts, especially during the coronavirus crisis. He recommended allocating land measuring 10,000 square meters near the residential areas and Gulf Street for the clubs, which will be established by the Ministry of Public Works in coordination with other concerned institutions. He added the Ministry of Health will specify the conditions for club membership and the Board of Directors election. On the other hand, MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari urged Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah Essa Al-Salman to address the price hike issue. He said some are manipulating prices due to the absence of monitoring on the part of the ministry, indicating the minister should punish those behind the unjustified price increase.
In another development, Al-Kandari criticized National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim for not responding to the proposal of 10 MPs to discuss MP Abdulaziz Al-Saqaabi’s bill on amending the National Assembly Decree in order to allow the MPs to dismiss the speaker. Citing Article 72 of the National Assembly Decree which mandates the speaker to respond to proposals submitted by the Prime Minister or 10 MPs to hold a special session, the lawmaker asserted this article does not give the speaker the right to approve or reject such proposals.
In addition, MP Bader Al-Humaidi praised the decision of Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Economic, Communication and Information Technology Affairs Rana Al-Fares to terminate the rent contract for the headquarters of the Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) in Al-Hamra Mall at KD1 million per year. He thanked Al-Fares for taking into consideration the issue he raised when the previous Public Budgets and Final Accounts Committee met earlier in the presence of the minister. He asked Al-Fares to coordinate with Minister of Education Ali Fahd Al-Mudaf for the allocation of one school, which is not being used at present, as headquarters of CITRA — a decision that Al-Fares took recently. He added this decision is one way of protecting public funds and minimizing expenditures. Moreover, Al-Humaidi submitted a proposal to specify KD5,000 as the maximum salary for consultants and experts who are appointed as directors or board chairperson in public institutions and companies in which the State owns shares.
According to the proposal, the annual incentive granted to these senior officials must not exceed three times their monthly salary. It added the salaries of employees in such institutions and companies must be the same as their counterparts in ministries and other entities in the public sector. The lawmaker explained the proposal is aimed at rationalizing expenditures and stopping the embezzlement of public funds. Furthermore, MP Saleh Ziab Al- Mutairi called on Minister of Health Dr Basel Al-Sabah to bear responsibility and resign when he visited a patient at Adan Hospital recently. Al-Mutairi revealed that he received complaints from many employees and doctors about the lack of doctors and nurses, particularly in the intensive care units (ICUs), which puts a heavy load on the shoulders of the existing medical practitioners; in addition to the shortage of supplies like gloves and cotton. He said a similar incident happened earlier and it led to the transfer of the manager of the hospital, reiterating that the minister should resign. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff