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‘Article on the proposed transfer period of domestics contentious’
February 8, 2015, 8:49 am

A special meeting of the public utilities committee and Ministry of Interior was held upon the request of Kuwait Municipality to facilitate the ministry’s inspection of under-construction buildings violating the law, reports Al-Rai daily.

The Municipality inspectors focus on under construction buildings violating the law as regards the approved plan; with the purpose of notifying the owners about violations before the building is completed. Sources close to the Interior Ministry said the sector has since rejected the request saying it breaches the prevailing laws.

They proposed a draft law to approve such procedure in the parliament, since the Interior Ministry has no jurisdiction to inspect under construction buildings. Meanwhile, the rapporteur of the parliamentary health committee MP Saud Hamad says the committee has completed its report on the proposal related to the recruitment of domestic workers (maids) into the country, adding the proposal will be endorsed by the committee later on and referred to the parliament.

In a press statement, MP Hamad explained the proposal initially contained 73 articles but some items were removed and new items were added, indicating the most highlighted article in the bill is related to reducing the transfer period to one year instead of two years.

According to MP Kamel Al-Awadhi, the article related to the proposed transfer period is contentious, as well as amendments presented in support of the rights of both employee and employer and the labor bureaus that bring domestic helpers into the country.

Meanwhile, the Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee MP Abdul Hameed Dashti on behalf of a group of MPs submitted a request to designate two hours in the parliamentary session to discuss the report and other recommendations made by the International Human Rights Council concerning Kuwait. In a statement, he explained that “278 recommendations were presented to Kuwait and such a huge number of recommendations from the Human Rights Council is new to the country”.

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