Muscat: Taxi operators’ losses due to Mowasalat buses were among the issues on the agenda of Majlis A’ Shura Office’s 27th meeting of the first annual session of the 8th term under the chair of Khalid bin Hilal Al Maawali.
The Office reviewed a number of incoming ministerial replies including the reply of the Chairman of National Ferries Company on the harm incurred by taxi drivers from Mwasalat buses.
The company said that it conducts a study to set up a company for managing the taxis that cover the airport, the shopping malls and on-demand service. He pointed out that these taxis will be absorbed and that this will ensure better services.
The Office also reviewed the work plans for the Economic and Financial Committee, the Health and Environment Committee, the Social Development and Services Committee, the Food and Water Security Committee and the Education and Scientific Research Committee during the second annual session of the 8th term.
The Office also reviewed the letter of the chairman of the Economic and Financial Committee on the proposed themes for the statement of the Minister of Commerce and Industry, the presentation of the Chairman of SEZAD, which included the themes approved by the Committee.
The Office also reviewed the reply of the Minister of Information and Chairman of Oman Establishment for Press, Publishing and Advertisement on the question addressed to him about issuing 18 variation orders and the increase in the cost of the service building. The Minister of Information said that the variation order No. 2 includes many works, which resulted in increasing the cost.
The Office also reviewed the reply of the Minister of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources on the measures taken after hosting him by Majlis A’Shura. The reply indicated that the services rendered and supervised by the Ministry are provided by the Customer Service Department, which refer the services to the relevant departments at the Ministry.
The Office also reviewed the letter of the Education and Scientific Research letter about the contribution of Majlis A’Shura to enhancing esteem and preservation of Arabic language. The reply included not to exempt students at the private schools form studying Arabic language, Islamic education and social studies, following the results of the Omani students at PIRLS International Test and low performance in reading and writing.
The Office also discussed a number of parliamentary means and tools that were presented by members including the proposals for draft laws, interpellation requests and their desires.
The Office also reviewed the letter of the Head of the Scouting Association for Arab parliamentarian which indicated receiving an invitation to take part at the 28th scouting Arab conference that will be held in Muscat during the first week in November.