Editor: AF, BS
13/06/10 17: 08
The cabinet announced on Monday his intention to reform the system of ration cards within the framework of the poverty reduction strategy launched by the Government in 2010, and that the reform process will be through the ration card system to a "real" system of care through a smart card, the blocking high income holders vocabulary and poor classes were not affected.
And the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers in a statement received (range), "Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, the Chairman of the Committee on reform of the ration on the relationship stressed during the workshop to the public distribution system in cooperation with the world food programme to adopt smart card system instead of relying on ration card distribution", indicating that the Cabinet discussed the reform of the ration card system was proposed to be the key to use the reform process by activating the smart card system.
He added that "the Government would withhold a ration card over the incomes of the poor class in Iraq as a prelude to the ration system reform," Noting that "the Government food distribution system has adopted the beginning of the 1990s as a result of the arrival of three quarters of the people below the poverty line.
He said that "the proportion of the poverty line declined in Iraq to less than a quarter in 2007, and it dropped to below after activating anti-poverty governmental strategy launched by the Government in 2010," he said, adding that "the system adopted by the Ministry of Commerce in distribution through agents with a lot of reluctance, pointing out that the Government put its plans to replace the system of ration card with real effective care system that layers are not affected by living below the poverty line in any action Matter. "
The retreat attended by Senior Deputy of the Ministry of planning and Chairman of the Central Bureau of statistics, Mahdi Al-allaq, experts from the world food programme and the administrator in Iraq "Edward Caron" and "MasterCard" and members of the public distribution system, until Wednesday 12 June 2013.
The Organization of news analysis and Erin for United Nations humanitarian, said that food security in Iraq "an improvement" over the past decade after economic sanctions imposed on the country, while the ration card is the task now is for the poor ", warned that a cancellation could add 14 percent to 5.7 percent of Iraqis who are suffering from food shortages.
The National Committee responsible for food security announced, (3 December 2012), the proportion of food deprivation in Iraq decreased from what it was in 2007, warned in an annual report, particular prepared in cooperation with the world food programme, the seriousness of the ration card cancellation and raise the proportion of deprivation among the Iraqi people, indicating that the cancellation would deprive the 50 percent of the Iraqi people, relying on Barrichello, asserting that there are three options for reform of the ration card, first, rely on local product To provide a ration card items, distribute the vocabulary according to the e-card system, and the third option is to keep the vocabulary card with trying to improve during the coming period.
And the Ministry of Commerce in 2010, card items to five articles is the basis of flour, rice, sugar, oil, milk, and confirmed that the rest of the ration card items that can be purchased from the local market as beans, tea, washing powder and milk for adults will be cancelled.
The Ministry of planning (27 last November 2012), report on the rates of deprivation and poverty in Iraq, stressing that poverty rates exceeded the 30 percent barrier, and the less disadvantaged provinces are Anbar, Baghdad, Kirkuk, Basra and Kurdistan provinces while more disadvantaged provinces are Maysan, Muthanna, Qadisiyah and Dhi Qar with the disadvantaged is about 50 percent.
The Government estimates that Iraq spent more than $ 36 billion on the ration card project since 2003 and till the year 2012.
The many Iraqis rely on the supply ration card in their daily lives since the start of the international embargo on Iraq in 1990 after its invasion of Kuwait, the value of such materials per capita in the domestic market by almost 10 dollars from excluding infant formula, according to prices in the run-up to the decision to cancel the card, while obtained through the ration card in the amount of 500 dinars.
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