Saudi Shoura Council recommends  low-cost hajj, ban buses older than 10 years



In a resolution yesterday, the council urged the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to initiate the low-cost Hajj program and coordinate with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance to provide a sufficient number of Sharia specialists to educate women during Hajj and Umrah.

It called on the ministry to coordinate with the concerned bodies to provide more locations for fast food and beverages in the area of the holy places and pedestrian roads

. In another resolution at its 21st ordinary session, the Shoura Council on Monday asked for an increase in the number of prosecutors to suit the new powers of the public prosecutor’s office and to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
The public prosecution was also urged to establish a reconciliation office to reduce the number of cases that preoccupy investigation bodies and courts, especially family cases.
The council asked the public prosecution to examine and study the reasons leading to the high rate of certain crimes, to propose solutions in coordination with competent authorities, and to take appropriate measures to speed up the closing of cases.
The ministry was also urged to include in its next report information useful for implementing the resolution on banning buses that are older than 10 years according to the mechanism mentioned in the resolution.
In a different resolution, the Council called on the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to focus on creating jobs in the sectors in which concealment is increasing and on investment deals and purchase contracts signed between the Kingdom and other countries. These contracts also include the development of local content for Saudizing jobs and technologies.
One of the members pointed out that Saudi Arabia’s problem does not lie in lack of jobs but in finding a Saudization mechanism.
Another member called on the ministry to develop policies that generate job opportunities and combat unemployment in a way that contributes to achieving Vision 2030. She also demanded that the Saudi Recruitment Agency takes into account exposure to technology and its impact on the future of jobs.
The committee called on the Health Ministry to speed up the establishment of mental health and addiction hospitals, coordinate with the concerned bodies to provide financial support, and ensure that the matter is treated as a top priority.
After the health committee’s report and recommendations were presented, one of the council’s members highlighted the pay gap between Saudi and non-Saudi doctors although Saudi doctors are excellent.
She requested that health centers be supplied with computers and software that serve medical records.
Another member noted the limited number of beds available for cancer patients at some hospitals. He also demanded that the large number of medical errors be addressed.
A different member called on the ministry of health to apply the rules that reduce the impact of inhumane treatment of some nurses working at some of the ministry’s hospitals and clinics.

Additional reports from Arab News