MPs seek ‘session’ to vote on PIFFS reform

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Speaker awarded APSU medal

KUWAIT CITY, May 12: The Arab Parliamentary Scout Union (APSU) has awarded the Falcon Medal to National Assembly Speaker and Honorary Chairman of APSU Marzouq Al-Ghanim. This is APSU’s highest medal of honor and it is awarded for the first since the establishment of the union in 1993. In another development, 10 MPs — Osama Al- Menawer, Badr Al-Humaidi, Fayez Al- Jomhour, Saad Al-Khanfour, Ahmed Mutei Al- Azmi, Homoud Mebrek Al-Azmi, Mehalhal Al-Mudhaf, Saleh Zeib Al-Mutairi, Hamad Al-Matar and Nasser Al-Doussari — submitted a proposal to hold a special session for voting on the proposed amendment of The Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) Law. The amendment stipulates granting KD3,000 incentive and KD20 annual pension increment to retirees. The MPs pointed out that the proposal is important for retirees; hence, it is considered an urgent matter included in the tasks of the caretaker government.

Meanwhile, Al-Ghanim presided over the meeting of the National Assembly Office on Thursday with members of the office, Assembly Secretary Farz Al-Daihani, Chairman of the parliamentary Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee MP Obaid Al-Wasmi, Chairman of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee MP Ahmed Al- Hamad, Chairman of the Parliamentary Priorities Committee MP Osama Al-Menawer and Secretary General of the Assembly Adel Al-Lughani in attendance. The office tasked Al-Ghanim to coordinate with the caretaker government in order to hold special parliamentary sessions

Also, MP Abdulaziz Al-Saqaabi asked Minister of Justice and Minister of State for Integrity Enhancement Jamal Al-Jalawi if the Council of Ministers, State Audit Bureau (SAB), Amiri Diwan and Crown Prince Diwan are under the monitoring of Financial Controllers Bureau (FCB). The same query was previously forwarded to the finance minister who disclosed that FCB sent letters to the minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs on Jan 30, 2017 inquiring about the capability of FCB to monitor the Amiri Diwan but the bureau has not received a response till date. He requested for copies of all the letters that FCB sent to the Amiri Diwan and the latter’s response if any.

He asked if FCB sent letters to the relevant minister about the institutions which are not covered by law number 23/2015 on the establishment of FCB, and if FCB sent letters to the Legal Advice and Legislation Department asking for its opinion about the institutions which are not subject to FCB monitoring. He demanded for copies of decisions issued by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to suspend the delegation or reshuffling of public sector workers. He asked if these decisions included exceptional cases, especially for the offices of the Assembly Speaker and Deputy Speaker.By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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