Proposal to set up new social dept

DUBAI - A new department called the 'social defence' has been suggested as one of the six departments to be included in the new organisational structure for social affairs at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

By Sanaa Maadad

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Published: Sun 18 May 2003, 11:57 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:04 PM

The suggested organisational structure for social affairs has been finalised at the ministry while officials are still working on the labour affairs' structure in order to submit a comprehensive proposal on the ministry's complete structure to the organisational structures' committee, a source at the ministry said.

Under the suggested new structure for the social affairs, there will be six major departments which merge a number of existing sections and there will be two assistant under-secretaries, one for Dubai and the Northern Emirates and another for Abu Dhabi and the Western region.

The source said that experts reached to this final proposed structure following lengthy meetings and discussions on the number of departments and the sections to be merged under them. The present organisational structure of the ministry was issued in 1990 by a Cabinet order No 5. However, the ministry witnessed since then a substantial growth in the number of centres and establishments affiliated to it, in addition to an increase in the number of social welfare and cooperative associations, among other major changes which initiated the need to review the 13 year old structure, the source said.

A committee was formed for this purpose comprising directors of the various departments in addition to experts and advisors who made their recommendations concerning the new structure taking into account the need to merge a number of departments, introduce new departments and activating the role of the social affairs by decentralising the authorities of the ministry.

One of the main features of the new structure is the merger of the social development centres and the family and childhood care departments under one department called the Family and Social Care Department which covers a number of sections.

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