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Salary Hike Will be Included in New Budget in Kuwait


Middle East : 01 April 2012

Source: Arab Times

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mustafa Al-Shamali said in a statement the budget for disbursement of increases for employees in the public and private sectors, retirees and beneficiaries of social assistance will be included within the budget of the new fiscal year 2012 / 2013, reports Al-Anba daily.

The minister said the government will address the National Assembly for approval of the inclusion of salary increase within the new budget that has already been submitted by the Ministry of Finance and approved by the parliamentary budget committee.

In response to a question on the payment of the increases, Al-Shamali said a resolution adopted by the Council of Ministers provides for the payment to be effective from April 1, 2012.

The minister stressed the government is keen to speed up the completion of this step so that the money is deposited in the accounts of the employees in time.

Allowance

Meanwhile, the proposed increment for public sector employees is 30 percent of the current basic salary, in addition to increasing the children allowance to KD 100 and 50 percent raise in the social allowance for the wives, reports Al-Rai daily quoting MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei.

Commenting on the same issue, MP Mohammed Dallal disclosed, “The government is expected to respond to the comments made by lawmakers on its proposed pay raise scheme. We will lay down our plan in this regard within the next three months.” He said they will also look into the parliamentary proposals to come up with a unified system in determining pay scales and compensation for the coming years to protect the nation’s coffers and guarantee justice for all.

Meanwhile, MP Riyadh Al-Adsani confirmed the formation of a joint committee to study the pay raise schemes approved by the government in the last six years, focusing on the sources of conflicts regarding the issue, particularly the allegations that employees in some authorities received increments, while others had nothing. He stressed the importance of taking into consideration the citizens with low income, as well as the plight of 1,093 Kuwaitis dismissed from their private sector jobs.

On the other hand, Al-Watan Arabic daily has quoted a reliable source from the government as saying the authority is currently studying the possibility of increasing the allowance of lawmakers from KD2,300 to KD3,000 minimum and KD5,000 maximum.

However, MP Mohammed Al-Kandari pointed out it is difficult to talk about such possibilities now, because the priority should be the citizens and the privileges of MPs can be discussed later.

MP Abdulrahman Al-Anjari said the current allowance given to lawmakers is low compared to the nature of their job, particularly their legislation and monitoring functions, in addition to their social and political duties. He added the lawmakers are not earning enough, especially since they are not allowed to engage in commercial activities.

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