Over 160 violations cited since beginning of Ramadan

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KUWAIT CITY, March 28:The field inspection teams formed by the Ministry of Social Affairs to monitor and remove the violations during the collection of donations during the blessed month of Ramadan, detected in the first week of the holy month more than 160 violations, which varied between 30 kiosks violating the collection of worn-out clothes, and 130 advertisement hoardings including 100 commercial advertisements for companies operating in the private sector, and 20 for charities, reports Al-Jarida daily.

This is in addition to 10 advertisements that were hung on the walls of mosques in violation of the regulations of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, which prohibited placing advertisements on the walls of mosques from the inside or outside. According to the sources the Ministry of Social Affairs in coordination with inspectors from the Kuwait Municipality removed the violating “kiosks”, in addition to removing the advertisements from mosque that call for breaking the fast.

The sources pointed out that regarding the violations of the commercial companies, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry was addressed to take the necessary action, calling on those in charge of charity work to adhere to the controls and requirements regulating the donation project in order to avoid legal accountability.

The sources called on worshipers not to comply with calls made for donations in violation of the law, and to make sure that the entities are licensed and approved by the Ministry, to ensure that donations are delivered to those who deserve them, and to avoid using the money in matters far from its primary goal, stressing at the same time that “cash” donations are prohibited inside mosques and can be done only through bank deductions or via the Knet deductions.

Earlier, informed sources in the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs said that charities authorized to collect donations in mosques during the holy month of Ramadan adhere to the rules for collection, as no complaints have been recorded so far that constitute a violation of the established controls, reports Al-Rai daily.

The sources told the daily that those authorized to collect donations have so far adhered to the organizational schedule approved by the undersecretary of the Ministry of Awqaf, noting that coordination is integrated between the cooperatives and the mosques sector, with follow-up by the Ministry of Social Affairs. The sources added that a specific period has been allocated for cooperatives to visit mosques, which is five days in one governorate during the holy month, explaining that this regulation came to limit the presence of more than one charity association in one place.

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