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‘Replacing expats’ plan on track

3rd batch of medical staff from Pakistan awaits nod

KUWAIT CITY, March 23: The government’s measures to rationalize spending do not include stopping the central employment of new graduates in the government sector, as “the appointment of graduates and resignation from the private sector will not be suspended either partially or totally,” reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources from the government sector.

Regarding Kuwaitization of government agencies, sources said Decision No. 11 of 2017 requires government agencies to commit to reducing the number of non-Kuwaiti employees annually to achieve the target percentages of Kuwaiti employees out of the total workforce in 2022. Sources confirmed approval of the frontline bonus budget, indicating that the Council of Ministers will decide the date of disbursement soon.

Sources went on to say that the third batch of doctors, nurses and technicians from Pakistan will arrive once the Council of Ministers approves the Ministry of Health’s request. Sources disclosed the Health Ministry has been instructed to coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in this regard. Sources disclosed there have been demands for advance payment of April and May salaries before the start of the blessed month of Ramadan on April 13 and before Eid Al-Fitr respectively. Sources added the parliamentary proposal to postpone the collection of loan installments is subject to a thorough study.

Regarding the accumulated leave balance, sources said the Cabinet requested for a draft law to amend the Civil Service Law in order to add another year for the allowed accumulated leave balance to become six years instead of five years in addition to the current year, considering the exceptional circumstances now. Sources explained the amendment excludes conversion of unused leave days the disbursement of a financial allowance into cash. Asked about filling up vacant leadership posts in ministries, sources said the announcement on appointing new officials will take place after the adoption and publication of the decree concerning the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

On renewing the term of officials and referring some of them for retirement, sources clarified this is the prerogative of the Council of Ministers, not the CSC, sources added. Asked about the Ministry of Health‘s announcement on studying the possibility of exempting Kuwaitis who completed the corona vaccine dosage and are arriving from abroad from institutional quarantine and to be satisfied with home quarantine, sources stated a decision will be issued soon.

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