MP Abdulhameed Dashti revealed that the government is planning to grant each Kuwaiti family with 5,000 square meters of land near the northwestern borders of the country to construct rest houses or even use them for agricultural purposes, reports Al- Kuwaitiah daily.
Indicating that the government will approve this gift after receiving approvals from the Municipal Council and Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR), Dashti said this move not only serves the welfare of all Kuwaitis but also helps in protecting Kuwait's demarcation.
He announced that a parliamentary proposal will be submitted soon to distribute 10 percent of the country's general revenues in cash to the citizens annually for their welfare as well as to tackle the financial problems faced by the society such as loans. Meanwhile, MP Nawaf Al- Fezai announced that he will lead a campaign to approve a 30 percent increment for pensioners particularly after the employees of the oil sector received a 60 percent increment and other privileges given to the employees of the public sector.
In the meantime, the Kuwaiti Constitution guarantees the rights of the elderly, those who are sick and those who are unable to work, including their right to proper care, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting Director of the Department of Elderly Care in the Social Care Sector at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Ali Hussein. Speaking at the inauguration of the activities for the fourth forum on elderly care and rehabilitation with the theme, 'Early Intervention for the Elderly', Hussein pointed out Kuwait is distinguished for its welfare program for the abovementioned categories of citizens due to its humanitarian aspect. Assistant Undersecretary for Social Care Hamad Al-Modadi patronized the event with the attendance of several officials and other prominent personalities.
On the other hand, Director of the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyle Dr Abeer Al-Bahawa explained the forum is aimed at putting into action the concept of volunteerism by determining the method of rehabilitation and care for the elderly. She revealed there are around 60,000 old people in the country and 60 percent of whom are Kuwaitis. It has been reported that the ministry has distributed pamphlets or brochures on various aspects of elderly care and the principles of promoting a healthy lifestyle as part of its public awareness program on health.