MEK: Iranian Deprived of Basic Food
The Iranian government is plundering the people more than in past years, at greater levels and in new ways. The situation has worsened to the point, that even the most basic essentials are unaffordable for the middle-class.
Low living standards
Low living standards, unemployment, and social difficulties induced by the regime’s corruption have created inflation and other economic issues. The result is that the majority of society’s livelihoods are in danger.
“We are now confronted with the phenomenon that, in addition to those who are poor or near poverty, the middle class is deteriorating day by day, and 90% of people in society are stressed by their livelihood,” wrote the State-run daily Resalat, on September 1.
The Iranian people consume less food and pay more
The Iranian people consume less food and pay more for items like meat, dairy, grains, and sugar than they did in the 2000s. And that this is unfolding in a context where, the coronavirus outbreak, has forced many to pay enormous medical bills.
Due to fundamental corruption, Iran’s economy is stuck in a series of crises. Iran is the only country in the world, according to the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), analysts, that has had double-digit inflation for more than 40 years.
As Massoud Khansari, the Head of the Chamber of Commerce, described it: “The fate of the looted 100 trillion tomans is just a small example of this corruption.”
“Nearly a third of the roughly $15,000 billion in imports in the first four months of 2021 is related to the government’s currency. As a result, by the end of July, 100 trillion tomans of money will have been allocated to essential goods.”
Rent-seeking and corruption
Then, pointing to numbers from the statistical center, he added: “During the same period, the inflation rate of basic goods was 58 percent,” “In this way, it’s unclear what the 100 billion tomans did for the economy besides destroying it through rent-seeking and corruption.” As per Hamdeli Newspaper on September 1.
Inflation of essential products reflects the realities of the people’s predicament and exposes the truth about government corruption. Bread and grain increased by 56 percent, fish increased by 43 percent, and milk, cheese, and egg increased by 66 percent.
The disparity in wealth distribution
Masoud Mirkazemi, the head of the Planning and Budget Organization, commented on the disparity in wealth distribution and even subsidy allocation:
“A few who have a favorable financial situation and have a lot of property win the largest share, but a rural person has a very small share of subsidies, “Shargh News outlet wrote on September 9.
While the government has cut off people’s subsidies, one of the MPs issued a warning to the government, asserting:
“In the current situation, people’s tolerance levels for this issue are lower than in previous days, and officials should pay special attention to this issue,” According to Etemad, Abolfazl Torabi, on September 8.