Egypt's parliament – the House of Representatives – is scheduled to meet on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to discuss a new agenda of laws.
On Sunday, the House will debate a five-article bill aimed at raising minimum bonuses and incentives granted to state employees. A report prepared by the Labour Force Committee and the Budget Committee clarified that the new bill comes to reflect the state's commitment to achieving economic and social stability for the families of state employees. "This bill also comes at a time [of] difficult economic conditions, high market prices and [while] the coronavirus pandemic hard hit many sectors of society, particularly state employees," said the report.
The first article of the bill states that the minimum periodical bonus granted to state employees, addressed by the 81/2016 Civil Service Law, will be increased to be EGP 75 per month.
As for state employees not addressed by the 81/2016 Civil Service Law, article two indicates that they will be granted a special bonus at a rate of 13 per cent of their basic salary, and with a minimum of EGP 75 per month, as of the beginning of July 2021.
Moreover, article three states that an additional incentive granted for state employees and workers, both addressed and not addressed by the Civil Service Law, will be increased between EGP 225 and EGP 400, depending on the employee's job level. "Workers at the third level will get an additional incentive of EGP 225, those at the second level will get EGP 275, those at the third level will get EGP 325 and those at "excellent level" will get EGP 400," said the report.
Article five also states that workers in the public sector as well as public enterprise companies will also be given a grant equal to that paid to those working at the state's administrative units.
Finance Minister Mohamed Maait said, last March, that the minimum wage and bonus increases for state employees working at the administrative body of the state will cost the government EGP 37 billion in total.
The House is also scheduled to discuss a new law on establishing an investment fund for charitable endowments (Wakfs). A report by the House's Religious Affairs Committee said the objective of the fund is to spend on improving living conditions in slum areas as well as building on Islamic projects.
Meanwhile, the House is expected to a take a final vote on six laws that were approved over the past month. These include laws on dismissing state employees who test positive for drugs, reducing documentation and notarisation fees, establishing the Tahya Misr Fund, changing the electricity law, setting up the Egyptian Omra (semi-pilgrimage) online portal, and amending the penal code.
On Tuesday, Minister of Housing Assem El-Gazzar will answer questions from MPs on sanitary drainage projects, drinking water networks, desalination stations as well as social and cooperative housing programmes.