Parliament approves budgets, final accounts of 8 institutions

KUWAIT, June 19 (KUNA) — The National Assembly on Sunday approved the 2016-2017 budgets and the 2014-2015 final accounts of eight institutions, and referred them to the government.
The eight institutions are the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET), the Kuwait University, the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI), the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD), the Environment Public Authority (EPA), the Public Authority for Assessment of Compensation for Damage Resulting from Iraqi Invasion, the Public Authority for Disabled Affairs (PADA) and the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM).
Forty five lawmakers voted for the budgets and final accounts, while two abstained.
According to the parliament’s committees of budgets and final accounts, the expenses of PAAET reached about KD 301.2 million in the FY 2016-2917, while revenues hit KD 7.5 million. (KD=USD 3.3) The expenses of Kuwait University in the FY 2016-2017 were estimated at about KD 545.9 million, while the revenues were about KD 9.4 million.
Expenses of PACI in the FY 2016-2017 were evaluated at KD 38.6 million, while its revenues hit KD 15.8 million.
Expenses of KFSD and EPA in the FY 2016-2017 were estimated at about KD 122.5 million and KD 18.3 million respectively, while revenues hit KD 2.3 million and KD 1.3 million respectively.
The expenses of compensation hit about KD 2.6 million, while revenues were about KD 7,000, the expenses of PAM were evaluated at about KD 52.09 million and revenues stood at KD 9.9 million in the FY 2016-2017.
The projected expenses of PADA were about KD 132.3 million and revenues hit about KD 22,000 in the FY 2016-2017.
In a reply to inquiries of MPs during the session, Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Bader Al-Eissa said that many orders for change were behind the delay in implementing the project of the Sabah Al Salem University City.
Due to its large size, it has been supposed to assign Ministry of Public Works to carry out the project, he added.
The project’s budget hit about KD 207.7 million, of which about KD 187.9 million was spent, he noted.
The minister dismissed reports that the number of internal and external scholarships were minimized, saying there are still 6,000 scholarships for overseas universities and about 4,000 for Kuwait-based private universities and educational institutions. (end) gy.zm.ms.hm