31,464 ‘illegal residents’ got driving licenses in 15 months

KUWAIT: A total of 31,464 driving licenses were issued for ‘illegal residents’ from January 2013 to mid-March, the Central Agency for Remedying Illegal Residents’ Status said here on Saturday.

The move is part of a Cabinet decree adopted in 2011 to provide privileges and facilities to illegal residents (bedoons) including males and females, the agency’s Assistant Secretary-General for Executive Affairs Retired General Najib Al-Othman said.

The agency is keen on fully implementing the cabinet decree in collaboration with diverse state authorities and agencies, Al-Othman said. Illegal residents can get driving licenses as long as they have valid security cards, the agency’s official pointed out.

The Kuwaiti government had recently recruited up to 1,419 illegal residents at state bodies and authorities. —KUNA

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