‘Automatic’ work permits renewal

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 25: Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Sector at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Jamal Al-Dosri has announced that work permits of laborers will be renewed automatically from the beginning of September, reports Al-Anba daily.

Explaining the procedure, Al-Dosri said employers will be given a secret code through which the transaction will be finalized. “This will also put an end to the problem of marginal laborers as the secret code will ask for the bank files of employees’ salaries and these will appear on the computer screens of labor departments,” he said.

The step was finalized during the meeting of directors of labor departments and in presence of the executive manager of the automated services project Abdulhakeem Al-Sa’ban, said a source.

In another development, a parliamentary source said the law on compulsory military service has come into effect and added that authorities are diligently making preparations and are looking for a proper location to receive candidates who meet the conditions, reports Al-Dar daily.

He said the compulsory military service has become one of government’s priorities, particularly after it was approved by the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, the Director of Charities and Foundations in Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Nasser Al-Ammar expects that proceeds from the 8th Ramadan donation campaign may exceed KD 86,000,000 due to citizens’ desire to donate to the Somali famine victims and the operation K-net initiative, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

In a statement, Al-Ammar added that this year’s Ramadan has witnessed enormous contributions from donors, unlike in previous years. He stressed the department depended on its employees to follow up almost 90 percent of the charities and foundations after the Civil Service Commission declined to form a team for field assessment.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Mohammed Al-Kandari has directed nongovernmental organizations to follow legal procedures and keep account records to protect charity activities, as part of the global effort to fight money laundering and financing of terrorism.

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