Commission to Cut Corruption in Ration Card Contracts

The parliamentary economic committee will oversee all commercial contracts signed by the Trade Ministry in order to eliminate corruption, a committee member announced today.

Salman al-Moussawi told AKnews that the intervention of the commission is backed by the government in a bid to accelerate the work of the ministry and negate the possibility of fraudulent contracts being signed.

“The Parliamentary Economic Committee will hold weekly talks with Ministry directors to ensure the smooth distribution of ration card items without any delays,” he said.

Moussawi said the committee will also ensure the quality of the food items bought by the ministry for distribution under the system.

The head of the economic committee warned in February his committee’s intention to summon the Iraqi Trade Minister, Rozh Nouri Shaways [Roz Nouri Shawes, Roz Nuri Shaweis], and connected officials over the failings of the ration card system.

Ahmed al-Alwani told AKnews at the time that the Commission would demand disclosure of the accounts relating to the controversial ration card and a detailed explanation of funds allocated and the way they were spent.

“The commission will take serious stance on this issue to ensure that the money spent corresponds to the ration card items and covers all the provinces without exception,” Alwani said.

Last year the Trade Ministry announced cuts to the ration card system that provides economically challenged Iraqi families with cut price staple food items. The cuts effectively reduced the scope of the subsidies to include just four items; flour, sugar, cooking oil and rice.

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