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Economy News - Baghdad
Today, Monday, the Ministry of Planning indicated factors and measures taken by the government that contributed, within a year, to a decline in poverty rates in Iraq.
The spokesman for the Ministry of Planning, Abdul Zahra Al-Hindawi, said, “The results of the economic and social survey of living conditions, which concerns poverty, have not yet appeared, as the first phase of the survey ends at the end of this December, 6 months after its launch last July, while the phase begins.” The second is the beginning of the new year 2024 and will continue for six months.”
He added, "Expectations indicate a decline in poverty rates against the backdrop of the measures taken by the government, including the social protection network, which has contributed significantly to financially supporting the segment of the poor by improving income, and covering large numbers during the current year with social protection assistance, in addition to the food security aspect." This is represented by the continuation of the distribution of the food basket within the ration card, and ensuring the complete provision of basic materials, which has created a state of consumer reassurance among individuals, especially the poor.”
He continued: "As for other levels, in the field of health, Iraq witnessed an improvement in the level of medical and health services provided to citizens during the current year, in addition to the field of education, which witnessed the completion of schools and an increase in the level of net enrollment," stressing that "these factors contributed to the decline in poverty rates." .
Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani announced yesterday, Sunday, a decrease in poverty levels in Iraq, while noting that more than two million families have been covered by social benefits.
The Prime Minister’s Media Office stated in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that “Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani made a visit to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and was briefed on the procedures of the ministry’s departments during this year regarding treatments for poverty, unemployment, and social care.” ".
He added, "During the visit, the Prime Minister met with a number of citizens, listened to their needs and complaints, and directed the concerned departments to quickly address them."
Al-Sudani pointed out, “The importance of the services provided by the Ministry of Labor lies in its dealings with weak and fragile groups, which places it before a sensitive responsibility that requires it to follow up and care for those entitled to these services, which represents a duty for all departments of the state,” stressing that “the Ministry’s work is gaining Added importance through its inclusion of the five priorities of the government program, related to combating poverty and unemployment, raising the level of services, economic reform, and combating corruption in the issue of subsidies and those entitled to them within the social protection network.”
He stressed that "the government provided all the required allocations in order to include the largest number of those eligible for subsidies, which resulted in the inclusion of this large number, which amounted to 2,151,551 families, making it the largest rate of coverage in the history of the ministry," pointing out that "the government succeeded in covering 900,000 families." Within one year, it is the fastest comprehensive implementation of the ministry.”
He stressed, through directives to officials in the Ministry of Labor and its departments, “to continue providing conditional services to those eligible, especially the student grant, as the government deals with the issue of poverty by addressing its causes, in addition to providing health and educational services,” noting that “planning surveys indicate low levels of poverty.” Poverty is due to the measures taken by the government from the first day of its executive work.”
The Prime Minister recalled the “International Day of the Disabled,” stressing that “this group enjoys the care and attention of the government, which will provide them with all forms of support.”
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