the cabinet of Iraq elected to end the greatest social welfare program of this country, a spokesman said. This welfare program is the food distribution system. And they have decided to replace this system by a cash transfer directly to citizens.
The new method is to come into action on 1st March. And all Iraqis would claim a 15,000 Iraqi dinar ($12.50) payment per month instead of the present system of ration card. In case of ration card system each family is entitled to be provide with basic items from local markets. This system was initiated by now-executed Saddam Hussein.
After a cabinet meeting, the spokesman for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Ali Mussawi told that the decision had taken after a study of two years, and the Iraq government made the conclusion which was to offer cash to Iraqis. Additionally he told that that it was also the finest path to fight against corruption. Moreover, this process can be continued easily.
Ali al-Dabbagh, the Government spokesman announced that authorities will not only transfer cash to the citizens but also they would fix the cost of flour. The four signifies the item which can be stated as component of the ration card.
Mussawi declared that presently on the ration card system, the Iraq government pays out around 12,000 dinars ($10) per month per head. According to an UN report of 2011, the system amounted to about seven percent of the Iraqi budget and this is bigger than either the education or health budgets of Iraq. As stated by Mussawi, because of corruption and incapability, just about 6,000 dinars' ($5) cost of food are provided to Iraqis.
In the last year, the UN report advocated re construction of the ration card system. The report described the program as unproductive in many ways and easily affected by theft and corruption.
Source : [Middle East Online]