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Wednesday , October 21 2020

Why Law No. 28/1968 not applicable to Kuwaitis working in private oil cos?

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 31: MP Osama Al-Shaheen submitted a proposal to the Parliament to assign the Health, Social and Labor Affairs Committee to submit a report on the reasons why Oil Sector Law number 28/1968 is not applicable to around 14,000 citizens working in private oil companies. Al-Shaheen pointed out that the fact these citizens are treated according to the Private Sector Law which deprives them of many privileges granted to their counterparts in public oil companies.

People shopping at Salem Al-Mubarak Street in Salmiya

He said Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC) has two executive decrees which discriminate between citizens working in public oil companies and those working in private oil companies. He added the committee will soon discuss the issue with Minister of Oil, Electricity and Water Khalid Al-Fadel, representatives of citizens working in private oil companies and other concerned parties.

Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanim invited the MPs to the ordinary session slated for Tuesday; indicating that another session might be held on Wednesday if the need arises. Items in the agenda of the session include the grilling motions of some MPs against Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Saud Al- Harbi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Anas Al-Saleh and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid. Al-Harbi will face two grilling motions — one by MPs Dr Khalil Abul, Dr Oudah Al-Ruwai’e and Al-Humaidi Al- Subai’e, and the other by MP Muhammad Haif Al- Mutairi.

The grilling motion of Abul, Al-Ruwai’e and Al-Subai’e will be on the delayed implementation of online education, harming private school students due to the delayed announcement of scholarships, and violating the Private Universities Law.

On the other hand, the grilling motion of Al-Mutairi will be on violating the citizens’ privacy and protecting some officials in the State Security and Criminal Investigations departments who are involved in crimes and promoting them, instead of punishing and referring them to the Public Prosecution.

Furthermore, the two grilling motions against HH the Prime Minister will touch on the government’s failure to manage the oil wealth of the country, failure to deal with coronavirus crisis, and the bad financial strategy adopted by the government. Al-Harbi requested for merging the two grilling motions against him; while Al-Saleh and Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid will either face the grilling or request for postponement. Other items in the agenda include reports on several bills, foremost of which are the second reading of the Bankruptcy Bill and proposed amendment of the law on establishing the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR).

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