Over 50 consultants and experts contracts terminated

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 22: In a new reform step to preserve public money, an official source revealed to Al- Qabas that the Minister of Information and Culture and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Abdul Rahman Al-Mutairi issued decisions to terminate the contracts of more than 50 consultants and experts in the Ministry of Information. A reliable source told the daily that the contracts were terminated from various sectors of the ministry. He said they received salaries although there was no need for them. Minister Al-Mutairi has kept a very limited number of consultants according to the needs of the media sectors.

On the other hand, upon directives from Al-Mutairi, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information, Muhammad bin Naji, issued a decision to cancel all committees and work teams in the ministry, with immediate effect.

The source stated that all committees will be subject to evaluation and study again, so that the right person will be placed in the right place, away from “nepotism and favoritism and to ensure the implementation of the Ministry of Information’s strategy in qualifying creative youth to support national competencies and expertise.” The source indicated that some of these committees and work teams will be re-formed to ensure experienced and qualified youth are absorbed in the ministry to carry out the tasks of these committees to the fullest. Meanwhile, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information, Muhammad bin Naji, issued a circular to the ministry’s employees in which he stressed that “not to work for institutions, bodies, companies or individuals, whether during or outside official working hours, whenever that is, without obtaining a permit or prior written permission from the Ministry,” noting that “anyone who violates this will be subject to legal responsibility,” reports Al-Jarida daily.

Bin Naji said that the circular comes in implementation of Article 25 of Decree-Law No. 15 of 1979 in the matter of civil service, which states in the third item that it is prohibited to “perform work for others with or without a paycheck, even during nonofficial working hours, except with written permission. “The failure to obtain this permission is considered a disciplinary offense that requires accountability.” In the meantime, the Minister of Social Affairs and Community Development, Fahd Al-Shariaan, has issued a series of decisions regarding the reappointment of temporary directors for a number of cooperative societies, within the framework of completing the cancellation of decisions issued by the former Minister of Social Affairs, Mubarak Al- Aro, reports Al-Qabas daily. Al-Shariaan’s decisions issued on Sunday include the appointment of 6 temporary managers in cooperative societies. The sources indicated that 50% of the temporary managers are employees of the Ministry of Social Affairs. Sources pointed out that Al- Shariaan asked the appointed members and temporary directors to submit monthly periodic reports on the work and activities of the associations.

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