4,000 register on ‘Kuwaitis without salaries’ to receive public aid

Kuwaiti men, wearing protective masks, shop in Kuwait City on February 26,2020. (Photo by YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP)
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The Undersecretary of Kuwait’s Ministry of Social Affairs Abdul Aziz Shuaib revealed that over 4,000 Kuwaitis have registered on the “Kuwaitis without salaries” online platform that was launched two weeks ago.

The Ministry of Social Affairs initiated the programme to look into the cases of those affected financially during the COVID-19 crisis.

Those that are looking to receive public aid from the ministry are required to update their data by September. But Shuaib explained that even if the deadline expires, the ministry will continue to distribute public aid.

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In terms of changing the deadline, the ministry is waiting to see what will happen during the next stage of the five-phase plan to return to normalcy, which is set to begin on September 30, before changing the deadline to distribute aid.

The Minister of Affairs recently announced a governmental proposal to create an electronic platform that would allow every citizen affected by the pandemic to register their data so that the government agencies concerned would study each persons’ case.

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The programme was initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to operate until the pandemic is over. Last week, some of the beneficiaries received funds to their bank accounts.

Majority of the 1.4 million Kuwaiti population work in the public sector; only 10 per cent work in the private sector.

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