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Friday 02, April 2021 12:18
Baghdad / NINA / MP Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani counted the number of poor and those near poverty that were affected after raising the dollar exchange rate.
He said in a statement that: Nearly (17) million Iraqis have been affected by the government and parliament’s decision to adopt the exchange rate of the dollar (1450) dinars, stressing the importance of taking measures to protect them and relieve their shoulders and not leave them vulnerable to tensions between government measures and the game of market trade despite lack of confidence in the government's ability In managing this crisis.
Al-Sudani pointed out: The presence of approximately one million and (400) thousand families (975 thousand families headed by a man, 417 thousand families headed by a woman) below the poverty line and receive cash subsidies from the social protection network, i.e. up to 5.5 million with family members. The average number of family members 4), plus one million requests for the purpose of new inclusion, i.e. up to (4) millions with family members.
He pointed out that: The low-income class of holders of contracts and daily wages and employees in the tenth and ninth ranks have low salaries that do not exceed 500 thousand dinars per month, and those in today's market accounts also have their living conditions adjacent to the poverty line, their number is approximately one million employees .. that is, up to (4) million With family members, in addition to the presence of retired workers from the private sector with the insured, who number about 273 thousand, they receive a pension or wages at a rate of about 300 thousand dinars, that is, with family members up to one million citizens, with the presence of workers in the unorganized private sector in unknown numbers, they are next to the line Poverty is estimated to number (1.5) million citizens with their families.
Al-Sudani added, "The retired persons who receive salaries of 600 thousand dinars, the Madoun, whose number with their families is estimated at one million citizens, also face difficulty in securing the high living requirements in all fields."
He called for dealing with the current economic crisis in light of the foregoing, indicating: “This large number of poor and near poverty needs urgent protection measures and serious treatments, the most important of which is ensuring the distribution of the ration card items on a monthly basis without interruption, as well as increasing the cash aid for those covered by the social protection network with the expansion of coverage. For the beneficiaries, and the need to review the minimum wage, as well as to support agriculture and industry in an effective and real way to generate additional job opportunities that reduce unemployment and thus reduce the rise in poverty rates. / End 3
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