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Minister discusses visa trafficking and development projects with senior officials
July 27, 2015, 8:31 am

Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Planning and Development Hind Al- Subaih has revealed 21 development projects, out of the 29 which are included in the state development plan are about to be completed, reports Al-Jaridah daily.

Saying 74 percent of the work has been completed, Al-Subaih, told the daily senior officials who fail in their tasks will be held accountable for negligence and “this is inevitable.”

This includes, she said, delay in the implementation of the development plan, people who do not put the law in mind and strive to apply it, and do not respect the observations made by the State Audit Bureau and other surveillance authorities. She stressed, “The country is no longer able to bear the delay in the completion of projects.

The people are eager to see the development being accomplished as a significant positive impact on their lives.” She pointed out, that the goal is to see someone being held accountable if work is not satisfactory, so that work interest is achieved.

On the ministry’s action to eliminate the phenomenon of visa trading which has tarnished the image of Kuwait in front of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and human rights organizations, she explained the General Manpower Authority has begun taking first steps to eliminate visa trading and single out companies which have flooded the market and created the ghost of unemployment and hit the very demographic balance of the country.

Sabeeh said the ministry is closely following up the outcome of companies whose files have been referred to the General Administration of Investigations, the Interior Ministry, or to the Public Prosecutor for violating Law No. 6 of 2010, of the private sector. She stressed, “This file takes a great deal of my interest, and by September next we will bear fruits when we intensify and follow-up operations and carry out inspections of private sector companies.”

In the other hand, Al-Sabeeh pointed out “there is constant coordination with the Ministry of the Interior, represented by the General Directorate for Investigation of Residence, to bring to book corrupt officials, business owners and bribe-givers who want to raise their quota for employment.”

She disclosed, “This coordination has resulted in the arrest of two Kuwaiti employees who were caught red-handed for receiving bribes to pass illegal transactions, or increase the estimate of the need for employment recorded in the files of some companies.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Communications has forwarded the list of subscribers, who failed to pay their accumulated bills within the specified period, to its interior counterpart for the necessary action, reports Al-Jarida daily quoting sources.

Sources explained this is part of the concerted efforts of both ministries to guarantee collection of unpaid bills by suspending the transactions of Kuwaiti defaulters and imposing travel ban on expatriates. Sources said these procedures are in line with the recommendations of the committee formed by Communications Minister and State Minister for Municipality Affairs Essa Al-Kandari in April 2014 to collect the accumulated outstanding bills.

Source: Arab Times

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