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Most MPs oppose move to increase petrol rates
September 12, 2016, 9:45 am

 The lifting of petrol subsidy issue is attracting wide attention, notably in the social level which reflects the political scene especially the National Assembly as most lawmakers have expressed support for calls to oppose this move, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources. Sources said the Governmental Subsidies Committee intends to meet the members of the parliamentary Financial Affairs Committee in October to look into its evaluation of the general situation after the fuel price hike, particularly its impact on local affairs and the national budget.

Sources added the decision in this regard will be taken in November, pointing out the Governmental Subsidies Committee will submit its report to the Cabinet after the Eid Al-Adha holiday.

Meanwhile, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has exempted several jobs from the automated employment registration system, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting sources.

Sources enumerated the exempted jobs as follows: those who bathe dead bodies, police dog trainers, prison supervisors and border security assistants. Sources clarified these workers are not allowed to transfer to another job unless they completed five years in the current position, affirming the priority of nomination is in the hands of ministries and other concerned bodies.

Sources said the exempted jobs are found in many ministries and governmental bodies including the ministries of Health and Education and other jobs in the National Security System. Sources explained the exemption decision was taken due to the confidentiality code in these jobs and their requirements.

Sources made it clear that there is no exemption for engineers similar to what was done three years ago, stressing the governmental bodies have reached the employment quota.

In another development, the Ministry of Public Works will complete the development of roads network by the beginning of 2018, reports Al-Anba daily quoting an official source from the ministry.

Affirming the ministry will finish the projects according to the timetable, the source revealed the total cost of the road development projects that will be completed in 2018 is roughly KD 1.5 billion. He said there are more than 45 current and future road projects.

Meanwhile, the source confirmed the ministry’s plan to amend its organizational structure after transferring a number of its sectors to the Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport.


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