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Legislation needed to change salaries – Interior approves incentives

KUWAIT: Chairman of Kuwait’s Supreme Judicial Council and the Cassation Court, and President of the Constitutional Court, Justice Yousef Jassem Al-Mutawaa said that the salaries of Kuwaiti employees cannot be changed in any way without a legislation.

Asked about the role the judiciary might play in light of the government’s new direction towards spending rationalization, Mutawaa said that “the issue has not been discussed yet at the Supreme Judicial Council so far, but judges are like state employees, be it in rewards and others.” He said the judiciary’s budget and financial affairs are in the hands of justice ministry, and “we do not have a role in it.” — Al-Qabas

Interior approves incentives
The Interior Ministry approved the financial and material incentives for its senior officials in its new form as part of its budget this year, in a way that agrees with state policy to rationalize spending. The ministry approved a financial allowance for every assistant undersecretary at KD 250 that will be paid starting with March. The payment will be referred to as ‘rental allowance,’ and will be paid instead of giving officials luxurious cars, and sports utility vehicles for director generals. A security source said the measures included the cancellation of vehicle fuel coupons, except for those that belong to the ministry, which has special stations. — Al-Rai

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