Some traders have increased the prices of commodities without justification even after the Ministry of Commerce and Industry formed a team tasked to monitor prices in a bid to protect the consumers, says MP Mansour Al-Zufairi.
The lawmaker also stressed the need to refer the erring traders to the Public Prosecution and called for the strict implementation of Consumer Protection Law Number 39/ 2014 on the prevention of commercial fraud and regulating the prices of goods to protect the welfare of consumers.
He urged all the concerned government authorities to strengthen their coordination in order to better serve the public. He also suggested the inclusion of more commodities in the ration card for citizens and lay down a plan to guarantee food security to alleviate the suffering of citizens due to the unreasonable price hikes, especially those with low income. He then reiterated the need to create an integrated database for goods and services to make it easier for the authorities to regulate prices.
Meanwhile, Al-Zufairi expressed Ramadan greetings to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, H.H. the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al- Gahinm, the ministers, lawmakers and the people of Kuwait.
MP Madhi Ayed Al-Hajri expressed the same greetings and prayed for everyone to enjoy security and stability, while thanking Almighty Allah for blessing this country with a wise leader. MP Saud Al-Huraiji also congratulated everybody on the advent of Ramadan as he prayed for protection for Kuwait and its people, as well as other Arab and Muslim countries and their citizens.
On another issue, the lawmaker presented queries to Minister of Commerce and Industry Anas Al-Saleh on Agility Company’s land acquisition. He asked about the total number of industrial plots managed by the company, the fee charged by the State per square meter, activities of the company in the industrial areas, contract between the company and Public Authority for Industry (PAI) or any department in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, legal justification for the company to receive rental fees, and other relevant information. According to the lawmaker, he decided to submit these questions to the minister in line with Article 17 of the Constitution which stipulates that public funds are inviolable; hence, every citizen is dutybound to protect these funds.