Local Representatives: The cemetery law has not been amended since the 1960s. We seek to complete it before Eid al-Fitr

Local Representatives: The cemetery law has not been amended since the 1960s. We seek to complete it before Eid al-Fitr

Ahmed Owais

Published on: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 – 5:18 PM | Last updated: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 – 5:18 PM

Representative Muhammad Jibril, a member of the House of Representatives, said that the Cemeteries Law now requires amendment, because this has not happened since its issuance and needs to be developed in a way that suits the current situation and developments, and aims for the state to have control over the management of the cemeteries system, in a way that guarantees the right of the citizen.

Gabriel added during the meeting of the Local Administration Committee today: The educator should also be qualified to carry out the burial process. It also aims to protect the citizen from having his cemetery seized, and that there should be a cemetery administration in the neighborhoods that the citizen deals with, and that the educator should receive his wages from the neighborhood and not from them. The citizen, amending the fees and amounts collected by education, and making the cemetery system subordinate to the Ministry of Local Development.”

He explained that the current cemetery law has been issued since the sixties of the last century, and no amendments have been made to it, despite the passage of dozens of years, and that due to the different conditions and the introduction of some matters, there was a need to issue a new law that addresses the shortcomings of the current legislation.

He stressed the need for there to be regulation of the conditions of those working in cemetery management, to keep pace with developments in this important field, as well as to regulate burial operations, cemetery restoration and other work in that field, and to set price controls. The aim of this regulation is not to expose the families of the deceased to any exaggeration in prices. Or mistreatment.

The head of the Local Administration Committee, Ahmed Al-Sajini, responded to this, saying that the committee is extremely interested in this law and that he will be there in semi-weekly meetings to finalize this project with a law, continuing: “We hope to complete it before the month of Ramadan and hope that it will be approved before the blessed Eid Al-Fitr.”

Al-Sajini criticized the condition of many cemeteries, saying that most of them are random, unofficial, and inappropriate, and deserve development and legalization.


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