Source: Radio Zamaneh
Iran's Department of Statistics announced that
10 million Iranians live under the "Absolute Poverty Line" and 30 million live
under the "Relative Poverty Line."
Adel Azar, head of the Department of
Statistics, told ISNA that the budgetary system of Iran has no correspondence
with the prevalent scientific systems of budgeting. He added that if the rules
of budgeting were observed in this very structure, the government could save at
least 30 to 35 percent on its expenses.
disrupted by unemployment chants
People of Khorramshahr, a south
western city of Iran, disrupted Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech with chants of
He also indicated that the government's annual
budgets for construction projects ignore issues of productivity and efficiency
which could save the government 45 percent in expenses.
In conjunction to this report, Issa Kamali, secretary General of House of
Workers told ILNA that in the past year 52 thousand workers have lost their jobs
in the oil industry in Oslouyeh, in the south of Iran.
He added that of the 60 thousand people employed in this industry in the area,
only eight thousand still have a job.
Issa Kamali said: "The oil and gas companies of the Oslouyeh area were so
productive that in addition to employing local workforce, they even employed
workers from other areas; but currently the area has turned into a useless
tumour." Kamali blamed "wrong government policies" for throwing the region into
such a "crisis."
Photos- The Underprivileged
in Shahr-e Rey, Iran
Unemployment Rate Reaches 11.9%
Statistical Center of Iran (SCI) announced that unemployment rate in the Iranian
calendar year of 1388 (ended March 20, 2010) was 1.5 percent more than the year
before that and hit 11.9 percent.
Poverty and Inequality since the Revolution
By Djavad Salehi-Isfahani
Thirty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini
proclaimed equity and social justice as the Revolution's main objective. His
successor, Ayatollah Khamene'i, continues to refer to social justice as the
revolution's defining theme. Similarly, Presidents Khatami and Ahmadinejad,
though they are from very different political persuasions, placed heavy emphasis
on social justice in their political rhetoric. Yet the very fact that 30 years
after the revolution social justice continues to occupy the highest place in
Iran's political discourse implies that this goal of the revolution remains as
elusive as ever.
Photos- Tent Living -
Kahoum Village, Zahedan
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