Iran's government disagrees with proposal to introduce commodity rationing
TEHRAN, Iran, Aug. 5
Iran's vice president said that the country has enough essential goods and there is no need to introduce commodity rationing system.
"Today, the country is in a special economic situation due to sanctions, and the government's priority is to address the people's needs,” Ishaq Jahangiri said, Trend reports citing IRNA.
The vice president said that despite the limitations, the government has made adequate decisions in the current Iranian year (started on March 20, 2020).
He noted allocation of livelihood assistance and subsidies alongside increasing the salaries of government servants and university professors. The vice president said the policy of supporting the production is one of the priority for the government.
“In this regard, several councils are formed with the aim of removing production barriers,” he said adding that significant investments were made in the productive sectors of the country, including agriculture, industry and mining, energy sector, and development of roads, railways and highways.
Jahangiri went on to say that the government does not agree with proposal to introduce commodity rationing system.
“Introduction of the system means that the government must be both the supplier and distributor and deliver the goods to throughout the country,” he said.
Referring to the parliament plan to apply commodity rationing system he said: “Anyone who wants to apply this system must create a government mechanism first. The creation of such a mechanism entails high costs and a lot of manpower.”
The Commodity Rationing System Plan is proposed by the Parliamentary Program and Budget Commission. According to the plan, the government is obliged, within one month from the date of ratifying of this law, to organize the distribution network of basic goods.