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Subsidies curb should not harm citizens - Omair
May 22, 2014, 8:44 am
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Minister of Oil and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Dr. Ali Al-Omair

Any removal or curbing of product subsidies should not harm regular citizens, said Minister of Oil and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Dr. Ali Al-Omair here Wednesday.

Speaking at the National Assembly regular session today, Al-Omair said that removing subsides on products such as diesel, towards which the government pays around KD 600 million, should not have a negative impact on citizens. The minister, however, stressed that managing finances was essential to tackle high cost to the state, and this includes dossiers such as subsidies.

Al-Omair affirmed that the government and National Assembly would work together to find the best solution that would be in favor of citizens.

The minister noted studies and statistics are still to be conducted to guide decision on this and other matters and the government would consider and evaluate any remarks on this issue by the National Assembly.

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