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KUWAIT CITY, July 18: The Assistant Undersecretary for Planning and Administrative Development Affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs, and the Deputy Head of the Preparation and Follow-up Team for the Implementation of the Development Plan Abdulaziz Sari revealed that the Municipal Council has approved the allocation of land of area 2,025 square meters for a car park project for the new elderly care department building in Hawally Governorate, reports Aljarida daily. In a press statement, he explained that this approval came within the framework of the continuous coordination and cooperation among all relevant government agencies, especially the executive body in Kuwait Municipality.
The project is aimed to facilitate the elderly citizens and their families who visit the building. The ministry is planning to inaugurate the building in the near future to provide services to a group that is dear to everyone. Supervision Sari said, “The building, which was built under the supervision of a young Kuwaiti employee of the ministry, will provide social, psychological, health and rehabilitative services for the elderly.
It is characterized by the easy entry and exit, and the wide spaces. “The building, which was built on an area more than 2,000 square meters, includes a club for the elderly and specialized medical clinics to provide health care services to the residents of the area”. He affirmed the keenness of the ministry to implement all of its projects included in the development plan in accordance with the schedule prepared in advance, as well as its keenness to overcome all difficulties facing the implementation of these projects. In another development, Sari revealed that the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) approved the request submitted by the Ministry of Social Affairs to change the design of all future buildings in all regions of the country. He explained that the ministry, based on its desire to keep pace with the modern developments in the construction field and to include new buildings, urged PAHW to change the style of the buildings in terms of external shape, spaces and internal distribution in order to achieve maximum benefit from the allocated land.
These changes will include all of the ministry’s buildings that will be built in the coming period such as family care units, community development centers, central markets and cooperative societies. PAHW also agreed to the ministry’s request to build gardens for children, and to not leave it as an open space. Sari revealed that a meeting held with officials from the sector and the directors of the design departments and coordinating programs in PAHW was productive, and some important decisions were taken during the meeting.
Meanwhile, Al-Anba daily reported that a study presented by the team in charge of developing the work environment and reducing the red tapes in PAHW in accordance with ministerial Resolution No. 34/2020 included several recommendations for the improvement of the work environment. According to reliable sources from PAHW, the most prominent of these recommendations is the necessity to provide licenses and permits through the external electronic portal. This would give space for the employees to carry out leave procedures without the need to visit the PAHW office. Another recommendation is to cancel the notice of return from leave and replace it with a fingerprint attendance record. Another recommendation was to continue with the flexible fingerprint and electronic fingerprint systems, as they allow employees to scan their finger through an app on their mobile phones if they are located within the area of the PAHW office. This would save them more than 15 minutes in carrying out the actual finger scan inside the PAHW office.
This is aimed to ensure the rights and earnings of employees according to the law, so that no one is deprived of excellent work rewards because of being late for a few minutes, which may be caused by challenges faced in the parking area and from congestion in the ministries area during the morning shift. The recommendations also included the application of a disclosure system to evaluate the performance of employees, the application of the KPI indicators system, the adoption of electronic correspondence among the various sectors, the preparation of certified trainers from PAHW’s employees to train its employees and engineers according to the BIM system, and granting of quarterly honor for the distinguished employees in the various departments. They also include adding a fifth category to the employees’ performance evaluation scores, providing health insurance for employees, granting employees with good loans without PAHW bearing any financial burdens towards the loan, and redesigning the implementation of the PAHW departments and its various facilities.