State Council discusses social security system and government proficiency
The State Council on Tuesday took up the proposal ‘Development of the Social Security System’, submitted by the Social committee for discussion and decided to form a draft committee to include the views of the council members in the report.
As per a press release, it also discussed intensively a proposal on the ‘National Programme for Government Proficiency and Creativity’.
The ninth regular session chaired by H E Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh al Mantheri, chairman of the council, was held in the presence of council members and the secretary general of the council.
H E Dr Mantheri praised the government’s efforts to provide social security and extended it to eligible persons in all governorates of the sultanate, appreciated the efforts and programmes implemented to improve government performance.
The chairman also congratulated the members on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan.
He prayed for the good health and happiness of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, for the people of Oman steady progress and prosperity and for the Arab and Islamic nations prosperity, good fortune and harmony.
Hon Dr Hamed bin Sulaiman Salim al Salmi, Social committee head explained that social security occupies a privileged place within the social protection system in Oman, where it is a pillar of social development.
Economic and social security is one of the essential elements for the maintenance of peace, improvement in the standard of living of individuals and families and the strengthening of social cohesion, as it enshrines the values of solidarity and synergy between different generations and groups in the Omani society.
He noted that through the study, the committee had considered the functioning of the social security system, its policies and legislation based on laws and regulations with a view to access proposals to develop them, improve the quality of services provided and create effective mechanisms to enable social security families to become self-reliant and exit from the social security service category.
It also aimed to identify other sources of funding for the need of social security families to reduce dependence on government support, with the aim of achieving prosperity and stability and improving the quality of life.
The study indicated that attention to the social protection system in the sultanate began since the beginning of the Blessed Renaissance and reviewed the steps adopted in this regard, including the establishment of the first ministry responsible for social action, and the development of the concept of social work.
Further, the session discussed its proposal on ‘National Programme for Government Proficiency and Creativity’, following the explanations of Hon Naashiah al Kharousi, head of the Special Group, mandated to study the proposal.
She stated the programme comes in support of the government’s efforts in the areas of performance development and upgrading the areas of public services provided by various official bodies, and to achieve economic growth.