KUWAIT: Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour has sent a letter to all companies of the private sector in which it requested for the names of the national personnel registered in those companies, their monthly salaries and their official work timings, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting informed sources. They revealed that the circular is aimed to curb the phenomenon of fake employment that some companies take advantage of in order to benefit from the subsidy the government grants for employing Kuwaiti citizens in the private sector.
They further revealed that an intensive inspection campaign will be launched in the coming days to ensure the accuracy of the data submitted by the companies in this regard. They clarified that the Central Tenders Committee will not allow any company to compete for tenders if it fails to provide a certificate from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour to prove that 10 percent of its employees are Kuwaiti citizens.
Meanwhile, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour Hind Al- Sabeeh has asked the Assistant Undersecretary for Administrative and Financial Affairs Hussain Al-Duwaihees to provide her with a report from the Personnel Affairs Committee regarding how a large number of vacancies were filled. Informed sources indicated that the report will be referred to the Legal Affairs Department to study the legality of the method followed for filling those vacancies, adding that the minister also asked for the curricula vitae of the individuals who were appointed in supervisory jobs. She also instructed to refer the complaints that were submitted in this regard to the Civil Service Commission for investigations.
Furthermore, sources revealed that the ministry has started counting the number of employees in the centers of society development and housing care in all areas so that 250 employees can be transferred to labour departments in order to reduce the accumulation of personnel in such centers and solve the shortage problem faced in the labour departments. In addition, the Undersecretary of Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour Abdulmohsen Al-Mutairi declared that the government will form a joint committee to study new mechanisms for changing commercial visit visas to work permits in the private sector. He indicated that the committee will formulate new regulations in this regard within one month after its first meeting which will be held on Saturday.
KUWAIT: The Ambassador of Arab Republic of Egypt to Kuwait Abdulkareem Suleiman and the Egyptian consulate is working hand in hand to solve the misery of thousands of Egyptians who have entered the country on what the authorities call ‘suspicious visit visas’, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
In the meantime, Suleiman has announced the completion of procedures to deport about 600 Egyptians. He said the consulate has booked the tickets on behalf of more than 400 affected persons.
The ambassador said there are extensive contacts between the embassy and the ministers of Interior and Foreign Affairs of Kuwait and the latter have promised to provide all help to those affected Egyptians. He pointed out the consulate facilitates the Egyptians who want to complete departure procedures while at the same time keeping in touch with personnel from the General Department of Immigration and Passports to complete deportation procedures as soon as possible.
It has been reported Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior is deporting Egyptians who have entered the country on tourist visa said to have been issued by VIPs. It has also been reported on an average about 150 people are legally deported every day through the General Administration of Immigration Investigations, which is doing its best to complete the deportation procedures.
The Ministry of Interior said the number of suspicious visit visits which have been so far found are about 5,000 and investigations are ongoing to find the exact number
Boat carrying infiltrators seized:
The Kuwaiti coastguard seized on Monday an Iranian boat carrying 12 Iranians and two Afghans that had entered the Gulf state’s territorial waters, the Interior Ministry and a security source said. Patrols spotted the boat after it entered Kuwaiti waters early in the morning, seized the vessel and detained all 14 on board, the ministry said in a statement. It said the 14 individuals would be held pending an investigation. The ministry did not reveal the identity of those arrested but a security source said they were 12 Iranians and two Afghans. Kuwait regularly intercepts boats from Iraq and Iran that stray into its waters with suspected smugglers or fishermen on board. (AFP)
KUWAIT: Kuwait should issue a law preventing the use of prohibited performance enhancing drugs and stimulants that are unsuitable for human consumption as this could harm athletes, said a sports official. The government and the National Assembly must cooperate to prevent the sale of such drugs to people without considering the physical and mental hazards they could cause consumers, said Secretary of Kuwait Swimming Association Hussein Al- Musallam on Monday. People tend to use these prohibited drugs to gain a higher level of fitness and muscle mass in a short period of time, he told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
This law will protect people against the dangers caused by these drugs including heart, liver, and brain related problems, kidney failure, and even death, he noted. The law must also include sports officials and gym instructors who encourage others to take stimulants, added Al-Musallam.
The statistics presented by the Kuwaiti Anti-Doping Committee show that large numbers of athletes in the country are using performance enhancing drugs, while some have gone further to use illegal drugs which are categorized as hallucinogens, said the official. Moreover, Al-Musallam called on local organizations and the media to launch an awareness campaign targeting the dangers of these drugs. In an unrelated development, the National Assembly’s Legislative and legal Affairs Committee passed on Sunday a bill stipulating allocation of a state land to housing purposes. In a press statement, Committee Rapporteur Abdulkareem Al-Kanderi said the members agreed to allocate a certain percentage of state-owned land but did not say how much.
He meanwhile said the committee members have accepted a Public Prosecutor’s request to lift the immunity of MP Safaa Al-Hashem, but turned down similar requests to left immunity of MPs Abdulhameed Dashti and Saadoun Hammad Al- Otaibi. Al-Kanderi pointed out that the committee has rejected draft laws to allow Kuwaiti women who are married to non-Kuwaitis to get housing loan similar to that given to Kuwaiti divorcees or widows. The committee adjourned discussion of bills on the establishment of a special authority for cities and Kuwaiti shareholding companies to execute the electricity and water desalination projects. (KUNA)
KUWAIT: The parliamentary Interior and Defense Committee meeting on Monday ended with the preliminary approval of the proposed naturalization of 4,000 Bedouns, says Committee Chairman MP Askar Al-Anizi. According to Al-Anizi, the panel has obtained approval from the Interior Ministry to endorse the proposal, which will be put up for a vote within two weeks.
On the other hand, MP Yaqoub Al-Saane submitted a proposal to amend Civil Service Law number 15/1972, prohibiting the recruitment of non-Kuwaitis in any governmental institution unless there is no Kuwaiti qualified for the vacant posts. Under such circumstances, the non-Kuwaitis will be employed with a temporary contract; while the number of non-Kuwaiti staff in the government should not exceed 20 percent of the total workforce. In his proposal, the lawmaker explained the unemployment issue poses a grave threat to the country; hence, the need to solve it immediately through the revision of old employment laws or issuance of new laws and systems to upgrade the local recruitment mechanism.
He then cited Article Eight of the Constitution as justification for his recommendation: “The State safeguards the pillars of society and ensures security, tranquility and equal opportunities for citizens.” He pointed out that solving the problem is the constitutional obligation of the government, so the authority must implement this proposal and encourage its institutions to quickly act on the matter. In another development, MP Saleh Ashour forwarded a number of queries to the state minister for municipality affairs on the removal of advertisement billboards along the streets after the issuance of a court order against the advertising companies proven to have violated the regulations.
He requested for a list of the erring companies, actions taken by Kuwait Municipality against these companies and a report on all the management procedures related to this case. He also wants to know if the removal of unlicensed advertising billboards requires a court order prior to implementation.
Furthermore, MP Khaleel Al-Saleh submitted a proposal on the development of the the coastline in Sulaibikhat and Al- Doha. He argued this coastline has the potential to become a great investment opportunity for companies around the world. He said the proposed improvement is essential in maintaining the good image of Kuwait. Al-Saleh added the Kuwait Bay stretches 70 kms, but only 30 kms of which is being used.
He asserted the government should not neglect the remaining part of the coastline as it offers promising investment opportunities. The MP also called on the public works minister to look into the current situation in Al-Nahtha, Sulaibiya and Al- Doha as these areas lack vital services and is in dire need of renovation.
KUWAIT: Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kuwait Syed Abrar Hussain on Wednesday distributed shields and certificates among the winning students of Interschool Essay Writing Competition during a ceremony at the Embassy.
The competition was earlier held on the occasion of 137th birth anniversary of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
Sadia Mohammad Ghazanfar of Pakistan School Salmiya got the first prize in Urdu Essay competition. She was followed by Salwa Arif of Pakistan English School, Jleeb Shuyoukh and Fatima Abdul Latif of Pakistan Academy School Ahmadi for the second and third prizes respectively.
In the English Essay, Sarah Jameel of International School of Pakistan, Khaitan secured the first prize. Syeda Nahel Zaeem of Pakistan School Salmiya and Sadia Abdul Razzaq of New Pakistan International School Hawally both got the second prize whereas Iraj Zaheer-ud- Din of Pakistan Academy School Ahmadi got the third prize.
The Ambassador congratulated the winning students. He also extended his appreciation to all school administration, teachers and the parents for their hard work for the competition. He said the objective of such healthy competitions was to make Pakistani youth know about the lives and achievements of their great national heroes like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The Ambassador also awarded Pakistan School Salimya the trophy for best performance in the competition.
A rare historic documentary on the life of the Father of the Nation and role of his dynamic leadership during the historic struggle for creation of Pakistan was also shown to the audience. The ceremonywas arranged by the Press Section of the Embassy.
KUWAIT: Altaf Al-Askar, Head of Licenses and Commercial Service at Capital branch of the Ministry of Commerce said she uncovered over 1,000 forged licenses during auditing and most of them had been issued in 2012 and 2013, adding employees in the ministry renewed many of these licenses, reports Annahar daily. Al-Askar considered the act as direct violation of law and public funds and noted the nature of her work requires signing on all transactions conducted by employees and that’s why she uncovered a large number of forged transactions during auditing.
Meanwhile, Al-Askar is surprised over a verbal decision to shift her to another area and without paying attention to legal procedures adopted on the issue, although her colleagues testify she is honest and reliable to shoulder her current responsibility. She called for the Deputy Premier, Minister of Commerce Abdulmohsen Al-Mudej to intervene and decide the case. She noted some officials in the ministry tried to hide the issue of forged licenses by dealing with the matter like a trivial issue and disregarding the interests of work and career honesty. She wondered why the ministry refused to investigate the issue, and declined to disclose circumstances of the case.
In the same context, Assistant Undersecretary of Companies Affairs and Commercial Licenses at Ministry of Commerce Dawoud Al-Sabij issued a statement refuting that more than 100,000 commercial licenses have been forged, reports Al-Seyassah daily. He added the ministry earlier referred a number of company licenses for investigation, as part of the legal procedures. He declared the sector is ready to receive all types of complaints related to the case, in order to deal with the slipup in line with law.
He denied statement issued by the Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Affairs Jamal Al-Dousari which said the Ministry of Commerce had referred over 1,000 forged commercial licenses to the Public Prosecution. “I hope the media will provide the ministry with relevant information or documents related to the issue”, he reiterated. In a recent statement, Al-Dousari said the Ministry of Commerce had notified Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor about the files of over 1,000 forged licenses referred to the Public Prosecution, and that 40,000 visas and residences were issued through these forged licenses.
KUWAIT: Kuwaiti citizens have been rated as average in terms of commitment, participation, efficiency and professionalism to ensure positive results at work in comparison with the citizens of other GCC countries, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
The British-based Ion Hewitt Company, an online company specialized in human resources management, risk management and insurance, revealed this in a recent report after carrying out an opinion poll in which 18,500 respondents from 100 companies participated in UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Qatar topped the list with 51 percent performance rate, followed by the UAE with 41.6 percent, while Saudi Arabia recorded the lowest rating with 40.6 percent.
In general, GCC countries are rated the lowest in the world with 49.5 percent while USA obtained 63 percent and the countries of the Asian Pacific region 58 percent. The company expressed concern about the decrease in performance rate of the GCC region by 4.5 percent from the 54 percent it attained in the 2010 study. It indicated that development is a huge challenge for entrepreneurs in their bid to maintain workers in their various companies, adding that the youths are the lowest performers even though they form the largest percentage of employees.