MEK: Clear Signs of Growing Misery and Poverty in Iran
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) reported that over the past decade, negative economic growth coupled with inflation has brought about a fall in Iran’s national currency and a significant drop in Iranian’s purchasing power.
The food price index has increased by 47%
According to a report by the Majlis (parliament) Research Center, the food price index in the 1st eight months of the Persian calendar year 1398 (March 2019-March 2020) has gone up by about 22.5%. Meanwhile, in the same time frame, the food price index has increased by 47%.
The rise in the food index and the rent fee index in the Persian calendar year 1399 (March 2020-March 2021) has brought about an increase in poverty. The data also show that the calories consumed by every Iranian have been dropping since 2011. On top of that, the drop in the rial’s value has led to severe poverty and hunger, far worse than the regime would ever admit.
Poverty and hunger
Regime president, Hassan Rouhani, made a statement at a cabinet meeting that said the following “Since November 2019, we have established a monthly livelihood support package for 60 million people, and we will continue to do that.”
This implies that 60 million people who require government subsidies are living below the poverty line with insufficient cash to pay for their everyday needs. Even as far back as 2017 Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, admitted that 96% of the population were poor while only 4% could be classified as prosperous.
Corruption and mismanagement
Iran has 1% of the world’s population and possesses the 2nd biggest gas reserves and the 3rd largest oil reserves globally. Long term government corruption has meant that job productivity and Iranian’s income are some of the worst globally even though the country has some of the most fertile in the immediate region as well as a stockpile of rich resources.
Resources in Iran include the following:
- 68 types of non-oil minerals
- 37 billion tons of discovered reserves
- 57 billion tons of potential reserves among the world’s 15 mineral powders.
Despite these figures, 75% of the population needs the $2 cash subsidy so that families can survive!
In 2019, just before the Covid-19 outbreak, there was 41.2 percent inflation and a 10.7% unemployment rate, bringing misery to many. In the first few months of 2020, the average 28% inflation and the average 9.25% unemployment rate have revealed a misery index of 37.65%, which is about 16% higher than in 2017.”
According to the economist, Farshad Momeni, the real Iran misery index is now 70%. There was a mention in early 2020 that the unemployment rate was 9.8% while at the same time, according to the Majlis (parliament) Research Center, the real unemployment rate was 2.5 times more and stood at 24%.
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) analysis says regardless of the economic crises that the Iranian people are facing, the reason for an increase in poverty is due to the unequal distribution of wealth which has been spiraling in recent years in Iran.
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