Cabinet's decision to increase stimulus package beneficiaries lauded

The Shura Council’s Financial and Economic Affairs Committee has lauded the directives of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, to increase the number of beneficiaries from the economic and financial stimulus package, taking advantage of the financing programmes of the Labour Fund (Tamkeen).

The decision, made during the regular Cabinet session, paves the way for supporting some segments that have been affected by the current situation resulting from the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), including taxi and bus drivers, as well as driving trainers.

Under the move, the staff of kindergartens and nurseries will be paid full salaries according to certain conditions.

The Shura Council’s committee stressed that the Cabinet’s decision proves the great interest in the citizens, as well as keenness to meet their needs and provide them with the necessary support so as to be able to overcome the exceptional circumstances the kingdom is going through as a result of the outbreak of Covid-19.

The meeting also discussed a proposed amendment to some provisions of the law on protecting consumers.

The bill aims to criminalise withholding basic commodities from circulation and increasing their prices in an unnatural way. It also inflicts tough penalties on those who commit these crimes.




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