Employees are allowed one month to complete their tenure. The move is a part of hiring more locals in the government sector and reducing reliance on foreigners in the private sector.
Local media reported that most of those being fired from the Interior Ministry are from Arab countries. According to the Kuwait Times report, this decision is in accordance with the government’s directive and policies to replace expatriate workers in the government sector.
There is also a strong demand in Kuwait for reforms to strengthen indigenization and create employment opportunities for its citizens, along the lines of Saudi Arabia. The economic crisis facing the country is also giving impetus to this.
About 34 lakhs of Kuwait’s total population of 46 lakhs are expatriates. Despite the shortage of teachers in the country, 1,800 expatriate teachers were recently dismissed together. The Kuwaiti government has initiated efforts to overcome the economic crisis and increase revenue. Along with this, measures are being taken to legalize the labor sector and to find and deport illegal residents.
Recently, the Ministry of Energy has issued an order that foreigners who have arrears of electricity, water bill and traffic fines will not be allowed to go home for vacation. It is suggested that those leaving the country should ensure that they have cleared all obligations, including the re-entry visa. This is to avoid loss of funds due to non-collection of dues from foreigners who go on leave and do not return.
Recently, the Home Minister had directed that the labor sector should be legalized by expelling one and a half lakh expatriates who are living in the country as law breakers. Based on this, labor inspections and traffic inspections are going on vigorously. Several people have been arrested in recent weeks. The Ministry of Home Affairs is taking steps to get documents including passports for deporting them.
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