Thursday 7th Dec 2017
Manama, July 12 (BNA): Labour and Social Development Minister, Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan, has lauded the sound directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to maintain the citizens’ gains and to include the amounts related to the citizens’ affairs in various fields in the draft-law on the General State Budget.
The royal directives are in line with HM the King’s keenness on providing the Bahraini citizens with all kinds of support, as well as requirements of decent living, he said.
Meanwhile, the minister praised the directives given by His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa to preserve the citizens’ rights and keep them unaffected, as well as his instructions to ensure that efforts to rationalise expenditure in ministries and government departments should not include areas related to the citizens’ living.
He also highlighted the Prime Minister’s assertion of the importance of the social dimension, being a basic pillar of the state budget, and the need to continue social care programmes and to carry on delivering all forms of assistance to the neediest social segments.
Humaidan went on to say that the royal directives, the Prime Minister’s order and the close follow-up and support of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, aim to provide the requirements of decent living for the citizens, and optimise the national gains which have been attained thanks to HM the King’s Reform Project in which the citizens top all priorities in the sustainable development process.
The minister explained that according to the royal directives and HRH Premier’s orders, the General State Budget for the two fiscal years 2017 and 2018 maintains all benefits and gains relating to the citizens, including the beneficiaries of social assistance, the cost of living, the handicap and retirees’ living improvement allowances.
The gains are kept in line with the government’s keenness to improve the living standards of Bahraini individuals and families, especially low-income ones, in the midst of the economic conditions witnessed by the whole world.
The minister said that BD 19.8 million and BD 21.5 million have been allocated to the social insurance beneficiaries for 2017 and 2018 respectively, noting that their number of those covered by the Social Insurance Law promulgated by Law 18/2006 is estimated at 14.901 individuals and families.
He added that BD 115 million and BD 128 million have been allocated to the 120.602 beneficiaries of the cost of living allowance for 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Regarding people with disabilities, BD 17.7 million and BD 19.1 million have been allocated to 10.700 citizens for 2017 and 2018, in a bid to improve their living standards and integrate them into society to take advantage of their skills and talent.
The minister valued highly the “positive” role played by the Legislative Branch in completing the state budget bill, and keenness on continuing efforts to develop social and development services.
He affirmed that the Labour and Social Development Ministry had taken all procedures to continue disbursing cash and social assistance to all beneficiaries and credit them to their accounts on time.