KUWAIT CITY, March 7: The parliamentary Human Resources and Public Funds Protection committees were set to meet on Sunday to discuss various bills and reports. Items in the agenda of the Human Resources Committee include bills on nationalizing jobs in the public sector; such as that of MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari on obligating ministries, public institutions and independent authorities to replace expatriate workers with Kuwaitis within one year. According to the bill, vacant posts in the abovementioned entities should never be filled with expatriates unless no Kuwaiti applies for the job.
In such case, it is possible to hire expatriates, but they should be under temporary contracts which will be renewed annually if necessary. Every entity should regularly submit reports on vacancies without Kuwaiti applicants to the concerned authorities in order to determine the reasons why no citizen applies for the job.
The Public Funds Protection Committee’s agenda includes the reports of monitoring institutions regarding the invested public funds. In another development, talks on special amnesty surfaced recently and reliable sources disclosed that negotiations are ongoing between Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Abdullah Al-Rumi who is representing the government, and former MP Musallam Al-Barrak. It can be recalled that in February 2015, the Court of Appeals sentenced Al- Barrak to two years in prison for offending HH the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in a speech entitled, “Enough Frivolity,” which he delivered at Erada Square. On the other hand, Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee Chairman MP Hamad Al-Matar criticized the decision to put the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) under the Ministry of Education.
Al-Matar pointed out that separating the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education is a good decision in response to the calls of academicians, but it is illogical to put PAAET under the Ministry of Education considering it offers bachelor and higher education courses. He urged His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid to correct this error by putting PAAET under the Ministry of Higher Education. MP Osama Al-Menawer posted on his Twitter account that countries will not overcome the coronavirus crisis unless they persuade their people get vaccinated. MP Osama Al-Shaheen submitted a proposal to exempt the disabled citizens from institutional quarantine and allow them to quarantine at home.
By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff