MEK Iran: Raisi Lies About Meritocracy and Social Wellness
On August 3, Ebrahim Raisi was sworn in as the thirteenth president of Iran’s theocracy. During his presidential campaign, he stressed the importance of fighting corruption and repeated the promise that he would appoint a meritocracy-based administration. Raisi has also stated that one of his top aims would be to reduce astronomical wages.
Deputy ministers have no executive experience
However, corruption, nepotism, and exorbitant pay have increased in less than 100 days, since the state media and its supporters can no longer remain silent.
“Not long after the Raisi cabinet was formed, the publication of Gorgan MP Ramezan-Ali Sangdavini’s daughter’s illegal recruitment in the Oil Ministry caused a ruckus in the ministry, forcing Oil Minister Javad Owji to cancel his relevant order,” stated Eghtesad Online on November 10. “The appointment of officials’ relatives caused controversy after the controversial recruitment of Gorgan MP’s daughter in the Oil Ministry.”
In addition, Moslem Salehi, a Fars provincial MP, questioned Raisi’s nominations. “Surveys show that more than half of all appointments lack adequate logic and explanation,” he stated. “The practice of appointing relatives of officials to various levels of management has been defended on the basis of being honest and trustworthy. On November 7, the ICANA news agency, which is linked with the Parliament [Majlis], quoted Salehi as saying, “Regrettably, dear colleagues will realize that some people have been appointed in several sensitive positions, such as deputy ministers, while they have no executive experience.”
I suggest to Raisi, at least reduce stellar salaries
The Sarpush website, on the other hand, had exposed Raisi’s government’s chronic corruption four days prior. “Because the matter of appointments has resurfaced, we must recall a report that was widely circulated in the media and on social media around a month ago. Only 180 deputy ministers, provincial governors, administrators of government institutions, consultants, and deans of renowned universities were appointed under the 13th government, per the report,” the website reported on November 3.
“An examination of these appointments reveals an ambiguous relationship between 84 people’s experience with their new jobs and their level of responsibilities.”
Aside from the widespread nepotism, the pay issue has fostered conflicts among the factions loyal to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his mouthpieces. On November 11, the Aftab-e Yazd daily said, “Huge receipts of some officials who benefit from favoritism and their ties have raised a wave of distrust and public hatred.”
Some officials are paid at least 17-fold and in some 21-fold
Officials warn one other of the widening chasm between society’s various classes in such conditions. “I suggest to President [Raisi] that if you can’t reduce prices, if you can’t increase retiree pensions, if you can’t increase the salaries of teachers or impoverished employees of some ministries, at least reduce stellar salaries,” Mohammad-Reza Sabbaghian Bafghi, a Yazd province MP, told ICANA on November 7.
“Today, according to the law, some officials are paid at least 17-fold—and in some cases 21-fold—their salaries, equating to more than 400-500 million rials [$1,380-1,730].” In society, there is a terrible divide, [especially] between officials and the low-income classes, which shape the majority.”
The recruitment document of Payam Kohtari Anvar, an advisor to Oil Minister Javad Owji and the director-general of the ministry’s central office, was revealed on November 1 by the ‘Young Journalists Club’ news agency, which is associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). According to the YJC, Owji agreed to hire Kohtari on the basis of a’modern fixed term’ contract, which includes a monthly compensation of over 320 million rials [$1,100].
This criticism of President Raisi by an IRGC-aligned media reveals further insights about covert political rivalries. Indeed, diverse spheres of power exert pressure on their adversaries in order to acquire a competitive advantage. They simply serve to inflame and fuel public rage against the entire ruling system, which is immersed in systematic corruption.
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