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Mon 14 Sep 2009 07:43 AM

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Over 200 Kuwaitis qualify for job loss benefits

Compensation pay will be paid directly into their bank accounts, says programme chief.

More than 200 of Kuwait's laid-off private sector employees have been deemed eligible for the government’s new benefits scheme, a top official has announced.

The victims of the economic downturn will receive their allowances through direct crediting of their bank accounts, acting secretary general of the Manpower and Government Reconstruction Programme Fawzi Al-Mjdali said.

He added that the number of Kuwaitis who had lost their jobs since the onset of the global financial crisis last August and who met the conditions to receive the government benefits was 210, KUNA News Agency reported.

He said that documents concerning these employees would be relayed to the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK), which would "take the proper procedures".

The official lauded local banks' support of the laid-off employees, thanking several banks for providing job opportunities for them. He stressed that all sectors of the state should do the same and try to give employees a chance.

The cabinet's decree applied to every able Kuwaiti forced to leave their job in the private sector within the period of August 1, 2008 to December 31, 2009.

All are eligible for unemployment benefits equal to 60 percent of their basic salary in addition to KD220 a month.

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