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Iran’s poverty line crisis

Iran – Mullahs’ regime plundering the people is fueling social unrest
Iran – Mullahs’ regime plundering the people is fueling social unrest

Analysis by PMOI/MEK

 

Iran, Oct. 16, 2018 - Head of the Iranian regime’s parliamentary workers’ faction acknowledged the disturbing fact that the absolute poverty line in Iran under the mullahs’ regime has increased from 17 percent to 34 percent in the last year alone.

“Considering the current daily expenses, the absolute poverty line has at least doubled from 17 to 34 percent,” said Alireza Mahjoub, chair of the workers’ faction in the Iranian regime’s Majlis (parliament).

The International Labor Organization has defined the absolute poverty line as $2 dollars a day for each individual, he said in an interview with the state-run Asr-e Iran daily. Therefore, under such a definition, there are many individuals in Iran that are considered living under the absolute poverty line.

“Last year we said a paycheck of 30 million rials or less would not be justifiable and this analysis was made prior to the current circumstances. Of course, considering the status quo, these numbers are now higher,” he said.

“The government acknowledges this issue and a package it is scheduled to present is for individuals with salaries less than 30 million rials a month ($215). However, this 6 million rials ($42.25) will not compensate for their salary. This measure by the government would provide aid, but WILL not compensate anything. Compensation must be through wages and strengthening pensions,” Mahjoub added.

 

Skyrocketing prices in Iran

Other regime officials, such as Mohammad Reza Pour Ibrahimi,

Chair of the Majlis Economy Commission, have also acknowledged this growing crisis.

“Despite providing U.S. dollars at 42,000 rials, the average price of essential goods have risen 30 to 50 percent in comparison to last year,” he said in a recent interview with the Iranian regime’s state TV.

Based on an agreement made between the Majlis and the government on essential goods, all 25 essential goods will be provided at a fixed rate.

However, like other Iranian regime officials, Pour Ibrahimi was not able to whitewash and cover up the economic crisis engulfing the mullahs’ regime and the pressures being imposed on Iran’s deprived people.

“By saying that there are problems and concerns in regards to the prices of goods, there were discussions in a cabinet meeting to provide more subsidies for essential goods,” he added.

In another effort aimed at denying the regime’s inabilities to resolve the current economic crisis, Pour Ibrahimi raised the issue of a few million foreigners in Iran.

“Currently, there are a few million foreign nationals using subsidies belonging to the Iranian people,” he said.

It is worth noting that the Iranian regime is spending billions of dollars on its proxy groups in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and other countries.

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