million citizens of
Kuwait, where government financial assets have topped 166 billion dollars, are
to receive a grant of 200 dinars (690 dollars) each, the government has
"In accordance with directives by the emir, the cabinet
decided to provide all Kuwaiti citizens with a grant of 200 dinars each," state
minister for cabinet affairs Ismail al-Shatti said Sunday after the cabinet
The two million foreign workers in the oil-rich emirate
were not included.
The OPEC member posted a surplus in each of the past seven
fiscal years, totalling more than 50 billion dollars. Kuwait is also headed for
record revenues this year.
The government offered a similar grant in
October 2004 and raised salaries of citizens by 170 dollars monthly last year.
MPs in the outspoken parliament have been pressing for a new hike.
The Gulf Arab state provides a cradle-to-grave welfare system to its citizens
who receive most public services at heavily subsidized prices and pay no income
Some 92 percent of Kuwait's 300,000-strong workforce are employed in
government jobs, with high wages and minimal work pressure.
COMMENTS: very interesting and encouraging. Muslim
nations can do but why can't we as Christian nations do the same?
Eric V. Encina