Pensioners to be exempted from domestic labor fees

Updated 18 December 2012
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Pensioners to be exempted from domestic labor fees

Within few days, a decision will be announced that exempts pensioners from fees related to government services and domestic labor, said a local newspaper.
Said Al Ghamidi, the director of the division, said that the number of pensioners registered in the society are around 2300 men and women from various public and private sectors. He said that the society acquired a land of 12,000 meters from the Dammam Secretariat to build a number of health, cultural and social centers and clubs for its members.
Al Ghamidi pointed out that the society is keen to listen to all the pensioners’ demands through the propositions they send to the fund and by listening to their suggestions at the regular meetings that the society holds throughout the year.
Most of the pensioners requested the provision of medical care for them and their family members, as well as being relieved from government fees, such as the fees for domestic help. Other requests included reducing the fare they pay in transportation and preferential treatment in receiving loans from the Real Estate Development Fund.
The National Society for Pensioners called upon all pensioners, from the education sector in particular to benefit from employment opportunities available through a program called “We are All Good People, My School is My Responsibility.” This project was a collaborative initiative signed between Al Baik Food Systems, the Ministry of Education and the National Society for Pensioners.
“The role of pensioners in this project entails training and supervising the workers participating in the project on the five steps concerning the preservation of the school environment. The training will be held in Jeddah for two days and there is a bonus of SR 200 for each pensioner’s visit to the assigned schools in the district, as well as other prizes and recognition certificates,” said Abdulrahman Al Sharef, the general director of the society.


Saudi border guards thwart attempts to smuggle more than half a ton of cannabis

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Saudi border guards thwart attempts to smuggle more than half a ton of cannabis

RIYADH: The Saudi Border Guards managed to foil several attempts to smuggle a total of 646 kg of cannabis, and arrested a total of 40 people, in the period between Jun. 15 to Jul. 13, according to a border guards spokesman.
He explained that the operation, carried out in Jazan, Najran and Asir regions, falls within the framework of carrying out the tasks of the border guards to counter the attempts of criminal networks that are involved in the smuggling of narcotics through the Kingdom’s land and sea borders.
The spokesman said that the suspects and narcotics seized were referred to the competent authorities to complete the legal procedures.
The forty people were arrested after they were monitored crossing the Kingdom’s southern borders, and they included 23 Ethiopians, two Somali nationals, nine Yemenis, two Saudis and two people with unknown identifications.
The spokesman stressed that the border guards will not hesitate in carrying out their duties against anyone who tries to violate the border security or illegally bypass, and they will be dealt with firmly and accordingly.