KUWAIT CITY, Feb 5: KUWAIT CITY, Feb 5: The government is in the process of finalizing its work program, which will be referred to the National Assembly under Article 98 of the Constitution, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Dr Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah. Article 98 states: “Upon formation, every Ministry shall submit its program to the National Assembly and the Assembly may express whatever comments it deems appropriate thereon.” HH the Prime Minister announced during his meeting with the editors-in-chief of local newspapers and representatives of the relevant media entities at Seif Palace on Tuesday. Head of the Prime Minister’s Office Abdulaziz Dekheel Al-Dekheel, Minister of Information and Culture Abdulrahman Al-Mutairi, and senior State officials also attended the meeting.
His Highness the Prime Minister stressed that the meeting is an opportunity to present general ideas and the main lines of the government’s work program. He thanked Allah for the blessing of security, safety and the mercy of good governance; in which the meanings of justice, participation and accountability are rooted in an open political atmosphere that preserves freedoms and values. He pointed out that the speech of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed a bold practice in the proposal, considering His Highness the father of the authorities who is responsible for the security and safety of the nation and citizens. He affirmed that His Highness the Amir shares his people’s concern about the imbalance of justice and the dangers facing the sustainability of the welfare State.
He then stressed that the sustainability of the welfare State must be built on clear foundations, based on a cohesive and stable middle class that supports stability in society. He also stated that there is a disparity in wages, which is not due to a difference in skill, academic degree or experience… “This is a major defect that needs to be fixed,” he added, while emphasizing the necessity of addressing the issue of wage disparity through the government’s work program and the strategic alternative to the salary scale without prejudice to acquired rights. He affirmed that the government has been working hard to translate the concerns expressed by His Highness the Amir into an action program based on clear thought and various factors — the most important of which is maintaining a cohesive middle class that supports the stability of society and enhances its security. He stressed: “Our small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are faltering, while the public sector needs the initiative to help these activities.” He also revealed the need for 300,000 jobs that the public sector cannot absorb, indicating the SMEs and private sector must be able to absorb them. (KUNA)
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