In a previous article published for me in the Al-Anbaa newspaper, I touched on the mechanism approved by the cabinet to assess the efforts of those tasked with working to confront the spread of this virus.
The summary of my point of view contained in that article was that the mechanism for estimating the remuneration was not prudent, due to its lack of consideration of the financial and economic conditions that the country is going through, and the dire consequences that may result from them, especially since the existing legislation on the regulation of compensation for employees in the state was able to deal with the circumstances work during this crisis.
What we expected at that time had been happened, as employee’s classification criteria, and the exploitation of their disbursements to unworthy categories.
as for the financial and economic aspect also had repercussions, as the approval of a special budget for the front-rows bonuses at an amount of 600 million dinars, in light of the state’s public financial administration’s search for Sources of financing the general budget deficit have added a record burden on the budget.
This burden represents 8% of the salaries and wages budget, 140% of the total cash incentive expenditures, and 300% of the budget allocated for the appointment of Kuwaiti employees, equivalent to an employment budget for three fiscal years, and on the capital expenditures side, this amount represents 26% of the total expenditures.
In my opinion, if this issue had been dealt with prudently in accordance with the regulations in force in the country, the budget allocations for the fiscal year 2020/2021 would have absorbed the consequences of this matter without any additional amounts, especially in light of the almost complete suspension of most government interests during that period.
As for the Cabinet’s decision to exclude leaders from the financial bonus statements, despite my previous initial opinion that does not agree with the mechanism for approving such rewards, excluding some employees from the entitlement of such rewards is also, in my opinion, an imprudent decision, especially since the Cabinet had previously agreed to grant appreciation to the employees assigned to work to confront the spread of the Coronavirus, and therefore it is not fair to exclude any category of these employees, regardless of their career level, as long as they provided work during the period of assignment and assumed the burdens and responsibilities.
In conclusion, the most important goal is to achieve the proper implementation of the law, that is, to achieve justice that is in all the canons and is a trust, a message, and a value of the highest values, upholding the rule of law, caring for duties and preserving rights.