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Work: recover 7 billion dinars from those who exceeded the protection salaries
Economy News - Baghdad
The Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Adel Al-Rikabi, announced on Sunday that about 7 billion dinars were recovered from the violators of the social protection network during the past month.
Al-Rikabi said, "The Ministry of Labor launched a campaign on all government departments and ministries and independent bodies to uncover employees and retirees who receive social protection benefits, according to the official news agency INA."
He emphasized, "revealing 20 thousand transgressors," noting that "the ministry has stopped disbursing subsidies for transgressors, and now in the process of recovering amounts that amounted to about 6 to 7 billion dinars during last September."
He stressed that "the ministry will have a financial abundance through which it can include new numbers in various governorates according to the controls and stipulated in the Social Protection Law."
The Minister of Labor denied reports that the ministry intends to reduce the ceiling of social assistance, confirming his ministry’s endeavor to expand the base of inclusion and raise the ceiling of amounts for those entitled to social protection if sufficient amounts are available.
Regarding foreign employment, the Minister of Labor indicated that “the Residency Department in the Ministry of Interior grants entry visas to foreign workers without passing through the Ministry of Labor,” stressing that “this contravenes the Labor Law, which stipulates that an entry visa cannot be granted to a foreigner without obtaining Work permit from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.
He explained that the Ministry of Labor has a database on the unemployed, pointing out that the Ministry of Labor does not give a license to a foreigner who holds the same qualification as the Iraqi registered in the database.
He pointed out that the Minister of Interior promised to cooperate with the Ministry of Labor on the issue of granting visas to foreigners, pointing out that “there are procedures that the Ministry of Interior takes to pursue those who entered Iraq illegally and work in many places, whether in Baghdad or the provinces, as well as strictness in granting entry visas. To Iraqi territory. "
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