Bahrain's MPs approve fuel price cuts

Around 17,000 applications were being reviewed and assessed with new payments to be made soon

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Pumping gasoline fuel in car at gas station

Image used for illustrative purpose. Pumping gasoline fuel in car at gas station

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MANAMA: MPs yesterday unanimously approved an urgent proposal to slash fuel prices. The proposal covers benzene and petrol and their derivatives.

It was amongst six urgent proposals approved unanimously to offset the effects of Covid-19 and referred to the Cabinet.

“Internationally, oil prices are at their lowest so why is the government still selling fuel at a set price that is much higher,” said Ebrahim Al Nefaei who is spearheading the proposal with four other MPs.

“Monopolising the fuel market doesn’t mean that prices shouldn’t be revised and reviewed.

“People are facing difficult financial situations due to Covid-19.”

Meanwhile, MPs also voted on an urgent proposal to have Tamkeen cover all the operational costs of micro and small establishments, and increase financial support for them.

In another proposal, MPs are demanding more affected businesses be allowed to register for Tamkeen support under new categories.

Last Thursday, Tamkeen board chairman Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa had said that the financial support would range between BD1,050 and BD12,000 according to the size and needs of the establishment.

He added that around 17,000 applications were being reviewed and assessed with new payments to be made soon.

Parliament also approved an urgent proposal to give support to travel agencies, tour and religious trip operators, saying that the sector has been 100 per cent damaged.

An urgent proposal to take action against companies that are playing with the rights of Bahraini workers by not paying them properly or forcing them into resignation or going on forced leave, was also approved.

MPs have demanded that Bahrainis who have applied for unemployment allowances receive financial support no more than a month after registration to help them during the tough times.

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