Iranian parliament speaker blasts government for raising cash subsidies
Azerbaijan, Baku, Apr. 3 /Trend F.Milad/
The Iranian parliament (Majlis) speaker Ali Larijani expressed criticism towards the administration's recent move to increase the amount of cash subsidies, saying that the Majlis does not agree with such unlawful decisions, Mehr reported.
Larijani told the Mehr news agency the government's decision is apparently contrary to the law and can fuel inflation in the country.
Last week, the Iranian government transferred 280,000 rials, which equals to some $15, to the accounts of Iranian individuals.
The money is an additional amount to 455,000 rials, some $24, which every Iranian has already been receiving every month as a compensation for the subsidy cut launched late in 2010.
The payments were made without any prior announcement by the government leading to the assumption that it would be the start of the second phase of the economic reform aiming at the cut in subsidies paid on different energy carriers and some basic foodstuff
Larijani said on Monday that most of the people are grappling with the two problems of high prices of goods and unemployment of their children.
"These problems can be resolved through supporting the production sector," Larijani said, adding that unnecessary imports should be avoided.
The production sector has been ignored during the process of the implementation of the subsidy reform plan and reforms are needed in this regard, he noted.
(USD rate in Iran's open market is around 19,000 rials)