The First Deputy Speaker of the parliaments, Hakim Al-Zamili, pledged today, Monday, to pursue price manipulators, while referring to regulating the distribution of the ration card.
Al-Zamili said in a press conference held in the parliament, attended by the Iraqi News Agency (INA): "Today we had an important meeting with the Undersecretary of the National Security Service, the Ministry of Trade, and the head of Economic Security at the Ministry of Interior regarding the high prices of Foodstuffs."
He added, "The Ministry of Finance pledged to increase the allocations to the Ministry of Commerce," noting that "the Minister of Commerce promised to provide two food rations in the month of Ramadan and distribute foodstuffs monthly."
He pointed out, "We will personally supervise monitoring the local market," explaining, "Parliament will legislate a law to support the poor classes."
Al-Zamili also stated, "There will be a language of dialogue and understanding with the merchants, and we will have a meeting with the relevant agencies to monitor the market, and we hope that it will deter some greedy merchants, and the merchants who hoard foodstuffs will be held accountable," noting that "some subsidized factories started increasing prices."
Minister of Commerce stressed during the conference, that "The direct distribution of the ration card items will start tomorrow," noting that "there is no need for a large purchase."
And he made it clear, "Citizen's food is a red line, and the process of raising prices is deliberate ," pledging to "provide two rations of food items before Ramadan."