Kabbara said he wanted a new law before parliamentary elections in May. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Labor Minister Mohammad Kabbara laid out a plan Tuesday to reform the National Social Security Fund over 2018 to resolve debt issues and improve service.Then, the NSSF will launch an open call to hire more employees.However, the most substantial reform concerns the Lebanese government. Kabbara stressed the need for the state to pay its debt to the NSSF. The NSSF has 610,000 people enrolled in its social security programs. "Thirty-five percent of the Lebanese population has signed up with the NSSF, more than a third of the population," Kabbara said, "but the NSSF is operating at a deficit because the government doesn't care about it". He claimed that the NSSF can't do its job if the government doesn't pay bills.
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