KUWAIT CITY, May 29: MP Saad Al-Khanfour has called for the resumption of direct flights to and from countries where large numbers of Kuwaitis study, foremost Egypt and Jordan. He pointed out that Kuwaiti students are suffering financially and morally due to recent decisions, as families are exposed to the manipulation of several travel agencies offering exorbitant transit packages and other issues. He asked the Council of Ministers to study the possibility of allocating the fleet of Kuwait Airways Corporation to these Kuwaiti students to join their destinations in batches to end their suffering.
Meanwhile, MPs Hassan Jawhar, Talal Al-Sayer, Abdullah Al-Mudaf and Mehalhal Al-Mudaf have submitted a proposal to allow people who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel to countries that do not prohibit the entry of unvaccinated persons. They suggested that these people should undergo institutional quarantine upon their return to Kuwait. In addition, MP Khalid Al-Otaibi submitted a proposal to establish social and sports clubs for doctors and other medical personnel, similar to the police officers ‘club and the army officers’ club. He said creating these clubs for doctors is one way to recognize their efforts, especially during the coronavirus crisis. He recommended allocating land of 10,000 square meters near residential areas and Gulf Street for clubs, which will be established by the Department of Public Works in coordination with other relevant institutions. He added that the health ministry will clarify the conditions for club membership and the election of the board of directors. On the other hand, MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari urged Minister of Trade and Industry Abdullah Essa Al-Salman to tackle the problem of rising prices. He said some are manipulating prices due to the ministry’s lack of control, saying the minister should punish those behind the unjustified price increase.
In another development, Al-Kandari criticized the Speaker of the National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim for failing to respond to a proposal by 10 MPs to discuss MP Abdulaziz Al-Saqaabi’s bill on amending the decree of the National Assembly to allow deputies to dismiss the president. Quoting article 72 of the decree of the National Assembly which gives a mandate to the speaker to respond to the proposals submitted by the Prime Minister or 10 deputies to hold an extraordinary session, the legislator affirmed that this article does not give to the speaker the right to approve or reject such proposals.
In addition, MP Bader Al-Humaidi welcomed the decision of the Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Communication and Information Technology Rana Al-Fares to terminate the rental contract for the seat. from the Information and Communication Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) to Al-Hamra Shopping Center at KD 1 million per year. He thanked Al-Fares for taking into consideration the issue he had raised at the previous meeting of the Committee on Public Budgets and Final Accounts in the presence of the Minister. He asked Al-Fares to coordinate with Education Minister Ali Fahd Al-Mudaf for the allocation of a school, which is not currently in use, as the headquarters of CITRA – a decision recently taken by Al-Fares. He added that the move is a way to protect public funds and minimize expenses. In addition, Al-Humaidi submitted a proposal to specify 5,000 KD as the maximum salary for consultants and experts appointed as directors or board chairmen in public institutions and companies in which the state owns shares.
According to the proposal, the annual incentive granted to these senior officials should not exceed three times their monthly salary. He added that the salaries of employees of these institutions and companies should be the same as those of their counterparts in ministries and other public sector entities. The legislator explained that the proposal aims to rationalize spending and stop the embezzlement of public funds. In addition, MP Saleh Ziab Al-Mutairi called on Health Minister Dr Basel Al-Sabah to shoulder his responsibilities and step down when he recently visited a patient at Adan Hospital. Al-Mutairi revealed that he had received complaints from many staff and doctors about the lack of doctors and nurses, especially in intensive care units (ICUs), which placed a heavy burden on the shoulders of the workers. existing doctors; in addition to the shortage of supplies like gloves and cotton. He said a similar incident had occurred earlier and led to the transfer of the hospital director, reiterating that the minister should resign. By the staff of Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times