The Social Development Sector in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor is bent on improving services provided to civil societies, charity organizations, small entrepreneurs and the public in general, says Assistant Undersecretary for Social Development Affairs Ali Al-Roomi. Al-Roomi made the statement in a press conference Sunday in the presence of directors of various departments in the ministry. Meanwhile, Director of Charity Organizations Department Munira Al-Kandari revealed the cash donations collected by charity organizations during Ramadan totaled KD 18,232,000.
She added that within this month, 18 violations were recorded against eight charity societies which disregarded regulations on collecting donations and two of these organizations were dissolved. She said 12 charity organizations committed 14 violations from June 10 to Aug 10, indicating 69 people were found to be collecting donations without obtaining approval from the min istry. She affirmed the concerned agencies like the ministries of Interior, Awqaf and Municipality were addressed to take the necessary measures against all those who violated the regulations on collecting donations. She disclosed the charity organizations have 153 branches but only 12 of these branches are licensed and the remaining 141 are not licensed. She added 34 of the unlicensed branches have been shut down while the other 107 branches are in the process of closure, asserting the ministry spares no effort in taking action against those involved in anomalies.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has, so far, not recorded any money laundering case or suspicious activities among charity organizations or foundations, reports Al-Kuwaitiyah daily quoting Undersecretary Dr. Matar Al-Mutairi. Affirming all internal and external charity activities are carried out in accordance with the rules, Al-Mutairi asserted the ministry is closely monitoring these activities to ensure strict compliance with the law.
On the other hand, he disclosed Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Subaih is expected to issue a decision by the beginning of October to suspend reshuffling in all sections of the ministry to pave way for the evaluation of the performance of employees. In another development, State Minister for Housing Affairs Yasser Abul has discussed with officials of the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) the maintenance problems of residents in Jaber Al-Ahmad, reports Al-Shahid daily quoting sources. Sources revealed the minister has dismissed the engineer in charge of maintenance works due to the complaints of residents that no action has been taken to address water and electricity problems in the area. Sources said the engineers of PAHW sent a number of notifications to the concerned officials but their efforts proved futile while the payment for the contractor continued; thereby, putting the minister in an embarrassing position.