President Raisi says his government is not seeking to scrap subsidies on essential goods

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At a meeting with unions on Saturday, Raisi said his government is trying to distribute subsidies to the last link in the food distribution chain, consumers, rather than the first link.

The aim is to distribute the subsidies more fairly.

“The goal of the administration is to do something with the help of the unions so that people can feel the sweetness of justice in paying subsidies,” Raisi said.

“It needs to be made clear to people. The administration does not make confidential economic decisions. And we believe that when people are briefed on the details of the decisions, they will be on board with the administration because we are trying to serve people’s interests,” he said.

A recent decision by the Raisi government to end subsidies for flour’s industrial uses has led to a sharp rise in the prices of a range of wheat-based products such as sweets, noodles, baguettes and noodles.

Earlier, Iranian Vice President Mohammad Mokhber said a decision was made to prevent shortages of essential goods and prevent them from being smuggled to other countries.

He said the shortages of some essential commodities and their rising prices in Iran were mainly caused by droughts in regions that have served as the main suppliers of such commodities and the war between Russia and Ukraine, two of the main suppliers of grain to the world market. and hoarding in different parts of the world.

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