80,000 beneficiaries leave Hafiz after finding jobs

Updated 04 February 2013
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80,000 beneficiaries leave Hafiz after finding jobs

Labor Minister Adel Fakeih said 80,000 beneficiaries have already left the Hafiz scheme after they found jobs.
The Hafiz is a scheme introduced by the ministry to provide incentives to the unemployed youth to find jobs. The incentives include a monthly allowance of SR 2,000 and job-training programs.
“Some youth have voluntarily stopped taking the unemployment grant because they do not need it. This indicates the rising level of people’s awareness,” the minister said in a press meeting after attending a function in Jeddah on Saturday.
Fakeih said the ministry is concerned with the quality of employment rather than the number of people entering the workforce. Moreover, he stressed that salary issues should be discussed between the worker and the employer, until an agreement is reached between both parties.
“The Ministry of Labor is concerned when the salary of a Saudi employee is below SR 1,500, because in that case the worker will only account for half an employee when calculating the Saudization level of the company. Any salary below SR 1,500 will not be considered when we monitor Saudization levels,” the minister said in his statement.
The ministry has plans to increase salaries to SR 4,000 with the help of the additional revenue generated by the new SR 2,400 expatriate levy.
When asked about the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the ministry and the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) on women’s employment, Fakeih said establishments that do not adhere to the instructions of the ministry and the Haia will be punished. Such companies will be listed in the red category and the ministry will stop most of its services to them, in addition fines will be imposed on them and some will be forced to discontinue work. He added that the Haia would deal with any incident of harassment or blackmail within female establishments.
Regarding the increasing criticism against the ministry’s programs, especially those encouraging female employment, Fakeih said the ministry is facing a number of challenges but it will keep striving to solve the unemployment problem amongst Saudis.
“The ministry is open to criticism and seeks to rectify its mistakes,” the minister said, stressing that concerted efforts are needed to find a lasting solution to unemployment.
Meanwhile, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh made it clear that there are no objections against men dealing with women in shops.
“A man may sell to a woman or buy from her in a dignified manner. He should lower his eyes, not speak more than necessary, and they should not be alone,” the mufti said while speaking on the topic of ‘deviation from the religious path.’
In another development, a report published by the Ministry of Education stated that the 2013 budget will provide 48,000 jobs in security and administrative positions across the Kingdom’s provinces.
The initial cost of the project is estimated at SR 2.8 billion and the implementation process will start with the appointment of security guards at girls’ schools.
The ministry will also appoint 902 male and female nurses in school clinics.


Joint Incidents Assessment Team 'abides by transparency' in Yemen

Updated 25 September 2018
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Joint Incidents Assessment Team 'abides by transparency' in Yemen

  • JIAT spokesman said the team is transparent in the way it announces its results for incidents in Yemen

RIYADH: The spokesman of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) in Yemen, legal consultant Mansour Bin Ahmed Al-Mansour, has stressed that the team abides by transparency in announcing the results of engagement in Yemen.

Al-Mansour was speaking on Tuesday at a press conference at King Salman Air Base in Riyadh assessing  incidents. 

The cases included an incident in Malh Town where Human Rights on Yemen stated that on Feb. 18, 2016, during the intensity of combat, a family tried to leave and Coalition Forces targeted the vehicle, causing the death of nine family members and their relatives, injuring three.

JIAT investigations revealed that the target was located 1,600 meters from the coordinate given by the National Commission, and after reviewing the daily mission schedule, JIAT found that there was no air mission on the village of Malh. 

It was also claimed that the Coalition Air Forces on Nov. 10, 2017 targeted the ministry of defense and the fall of a missile on Alsa’adi neighborhood next to the ministry injured 23 civilians. JIAT found that there was a gathering of high-level Houthi leaders inside the building so considered it a legitimate military target. 

On Feb 2, 2018 an airstrike on a target 500 meters away from the warehouse of the UNHCR in Sa’dah city caused damage to the warehouse and injured the guard. JIAT found that the Coalition Air Forces targeted a legitimate military target (a leader from the Houthi armed militia). 

Coalition Forces on March 31, 2015 targeted the national cement factory in Lahj, causing the death of at least 10 people and injuring at least 13 others. JIAT found that the target was 360 meters away from generators and the production line, and was not aimed at the operational infrastructure. JIAT found that the procedures of the coalition in targeting the weapons, ammunition warehouse and AAA inside the factory were in accordance with international humanitarian law.

Al-Mansour announced the findings of investigations into the Radfan water factory north of Lahj governorate. JIAT found that intelligence stated that it was used for weapons storage and as a meeting place for hostile elements and was considered a legitimate military target.

JIAT looked at a High Commissioner for Human Rights report that stated that on Aug. 7, 2016, Coalition Forces carried out two airstrikes on a residential and commercial building in Sana’a, causing the death of 16 civilians including seven children and a woman, and injuring 24 others. JIAT found that Coalition Forces did not target the buildings and confirmed that the procedures of the coalition in targeting the truck were in accordance with international humanitarian law. 

Human Rights Watch stated that on Feb. 14, 2016, Coalition Air Forces targeted the Middle East Tailoring and Embroidery Factory in Sana’a city, causing the death of one laborer and injuring three others. 

JIAT found that on Feb. 13, 2016, intelligence received by the Coalition Forces indicated there were meetings of Houthi armed leaders in a hanger in Sana’a that had been used as an embroidery factory before being controlled by the militia.

Regarding reports by international organizations about a civilian boat being attacked by a military ship on March 16, 2017, the boat arrived about 30 nautical miles from Alhudaydah port and was intercepted by a military ship that claimed to belong to the Coalition Forces and opened fire. Passengers signaled that they were civilians but the ship opened fire with a submachine gun, and a helicopter took off from the attacking ship and opened fire, causing the death of 33 people, injuring 29. 

JIAT found Coalition Forces did not target the refugee boat for several reasons, including that the shooting on the boat was horizontal, making it impossible for it to come from a helicopter, and the size of the weapon used showed the marks of small-caliber fire, not medium or large caliber.