The government has decided to create 40,000 new jobs as part of a new supplement to this year’s budget.

The budget discussions were the main theme of a cabinet meeting early this week in which allocations for various sectors were revised due to an expected surge in oil revenues estimated at $10 billion.

Government spokesperson Ali Dabbagh said the cabinet approved the budget in which government spending takes a priority.

He said the budget will only go into force when it is ratified by the parliament.

Electricity is to take the lion’s share followed by food purchases for the country’s rationing system and then defense.

Compensation to Kuwait for Iraq’s 1990 invasion of the emirate are estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars every year, he added.

Most of the new jobs will be created to fill in vacancies at the ministries of interior and defense. Dabbagh said.

He said the government wanted to “immediately add” 24,000 new recruits to its army and security forces.

The remaining new jobs are to be created to fill in vacancies in different government ministries, he said.