MPs nod to ‘recommendations’ on salaries, employees equality

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 2: Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Ahmad Al-Saadoun announced on Wednesday the conclusion of the first ordinary session of the 17th legislative term. The assembly’s Secretary-General Khaled Abuslaib read out a decree announcing the end during the final parliament session. The speaker and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah had addressed the final session respectively.

The National Assembly approved on Wednesday multiple recommendations regarding fair salaries, wages and employees’ equality in government sectors. This came during the Parliament’s special session, in which the MPs approved laws regarding the budgets of ministries, government departments and independent agencies for the fiscal year (2023-2024). The Parliament recommendations included one asking the Cabinet to assign chief positions in all governmental sectors within three months from the date of approving the budget for the fiscal year (2023-2024).

The Parliament also recommended that the government implement the framework of the national administrative governance issued by the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, which was submitted to the Cabinet in June 2019, within a period of no longer than six months from the date of approving the general budget for the fiscal year (2023-2024). The Parliament also requested that the government complete the strategic alternative within six months from the date of approving the budget, including the re-description of all public, technical and professional jobs in government sectors, work nature, requirements and conditions of employment and its task, as well as job performance evaluations, its salary and wages and promotions, job training and the basic salary, living cost allowance in light of local and global inflations indicators. ( His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on Wednesday lauded the passage by National Assembly (parliament) of a set of draft laws bearing on reforms and development within a short period of time.

Addressing a parliamentary session on economic and financial affairs, he said the assembly has approved several bills that have contributed to completing the country’s legislative structure, achieving the aspired reform, strengthening development and fulfilling citizens’ expectations. He cited laws on residential cities, health insurance, Constitutional Court, election watchdog and new state budget for the fiscal year 2023-2024, as clear-cut paradigms in this regard. He added that the government has also submitted its program of action to the assembly as per Article 98 of the Constitution, covering legislative aspects, projects and requirements aiming at promoting the state’s future, addressing main challenges and improving living conditions. His Highness the Prime Minister also spoke highly of the constructive dialogue at parliament during the discussion of major issues and subjects as an effective way for reaching fruitful collaboration between the government and parliament. He also appreciated the MPs’ efforts and eagerness during this legislative term to establish the pillars of parliamentary work, hoping for further fruitful cooperation and partnership for shouldering national responsibilities in the context of the constitution, internal bylaws and rule of law. (KUNA)

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