Kuwait: Media staff’s IDs renewed for 3 months

Cairo: The Kuwaiti Information Ministry has decided to extend the identification cards of all employees whose IDs expired on December 31 for three months as a step to devise a mechanism for renewal, according to a media report.

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The extension period will end on March 31, Al Jarida newspaper reported, citing what it described as well-informed sources.

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The Information Ministry annually renews its workers’ IDs for one year allowing staff changes related to new appointments and sending other employees to retirement, the sources added.

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As part of the ministry’s decision, all IDs will be withdrawn from outsiders who cooperate on some programmes depending on work needs, according to the sources.

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“The decision to withdraw IDs of collaborators comes after the ministry recently issued a circular asking directors of its departments not to recruit the service of any worker from outside the ministry unless in limited cases starting from 2021,” a source said without details.

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In recent months, there has been a vigorous drive in Kuwait to limit the employment of expatriates to create jobs for citizens and redress a demographic imbalance in the country.

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Foreigners make up nearly 3.4 million of Kuwait’s 4.8 million population.

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