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Tuesday , December 7 2021

Panel dusts off pending bills on Assembly shelf

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 27: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim on Sunday confirmed the conclusion of the election of chairpersons and rapporteurs of all committees. Al-Ghanim then unveiled his plan to invite members of the Assembly Office to a meeting on Monday in order to specify the agenda for the upcoming legislative sessions.

He also confirmed meeting the representatives of lecturers at Kuwait University, during which he listened to their complaints such as the delayed payment for the summer course. He promised that most of their demands will be met in coordination with Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Ali Fahd Al-Mudaf.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the parliamentary Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee MP Khalid Ayed affirmed the presence of panel members in the meeting on Sunday except MP Hamad Al-Harshani who apologized for his absence due to certain circumstances. He revealed the committee looked into the bills in its agenda, indicating the government submitted some of these bills to the previous legislature while others were submitted in 1994.

He said the committee will ask the concerned ministries if they intend to push through with the submission of these bills or not. He added several bills were referred to the concerned panels, clarifying his committee will continue presenting its constitutional opinions and prepare reports on these proposals. He disclosed the committee will meet on Jan 4, 2021 to follow up the bills.

Agreement
Rapporteur of the Public Funds Protection Committee MP Hassan Jawhar said the committee discussed its work program and an agreement has been reached to meet twice a week in order to tackle issues concerning public funds including those raised by the 2016 Assembly.

On the other hand, MP Badr Al-Mullah was elected chairman of the Budgets and Final Accounts Committee while MP Dr Badr Al-Dahoum was elected rapporteur. Al-Mullah explained that the duties of the committee are different this year in view of the unprecedented budget deficit. He also thanked former chairman of the committee MP Adnan Abdulsamad.

MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji forwarded queries to Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Dr Ahmed Nasser Al-Muhammad about the Malaysian sovereign fund issue. He requested for copies of the case that the ministry submitted to the Public Prosecution, resignation of the former chairman of Kuwait Financial Investigations Unit, and correspondences between the ministry and Malaysian government about the issue.

MP Farz Al-Daihani submitted a bill on the establishment of a sports club in Jahra, which will be financed by the Public Authority for Sports. He suggested that the club should be offer various sports, social and entertainment activities. He also forwarded queries to Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh about the incentive for workers on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus. He wants to know the number of beneficiaries, amount allocated for this purpose, if this amount is included in the public budget or not, if those excluded from the list of beneficiaries will be given a chance to complain, and reasons for suspending the distribution of free protective equipment to the employees of the interior and health ministries.

MP Saleh Zeiab Al-Mutairi forwarded queries to Minister of Commerce and Industry Faisal Abdulrahman Al-Medlej about the closure of some shops, cooperative societies and pharmacies. He asked if the owners of these establishments, which were shut down for manipulating prices and cheating, were referred to the Public Prosecution.

By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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