KUWAIT CITY, May 19: Inspection teams from Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, in charge of monitoring the charitable activities in the country, have registered violations against individuals and authorities who were not among the charitable societies approved by the Ministry, for carrying out illegal charitable activities, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.
According to reliable sources, they had sent advertisements via text messages to overseas authorities in a random manner, asking for donations for organizing breakfasts during the Holy Month of Ramadan without obtaining legal licenses.
The inspection teams have taken the necessary legal procedures to refer the violators to the concerned authorities.
They will be referred to the Ministry of Communications for investigations regarding the way they collected phone numbers to send the text messages and for legal procedures to be taken against them accordingly.
The teams will address Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs to forewarn superintendents of the mosques in all six governorates that legal action will be taken against any violators of the laws related to charitable activities.
Sources said the ministry does not mind granting licenses for collecting donations for humanitarian activities; however, it is necessary to comply with the law and regulations allotted for this matter.
In another development, sources revealed that the ministry will not back out of the plan to distribute laptops to secondary-level students as they have already spent a lot of money and allotted a huge budget for this purpose.
They said the former education minister Ahmad Al-Mulaifi had approved this project even though in his viewpoint, distributing an ‘I-pad’ was better for serving students, as done in a few developed countries.
However, they said the current Education Minister Dr Nayaf Falah Al-Hajraf was not convinced about the project, fearing that it will be unsuccessful like the earlier project of distributing flash memory, which was misused by the students.
They added that the responsibility of maintaining the laptop should be shouldered by the student’s guardian since a laptop requires maintenance as well as repairs in times of breakdown.
They disclosed that a meeting will be held on Sunday noon to discuss the positives and negatives of the project and to take a decision accordingly.