Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. April 10, 2022

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei pictured by local media on Sunday.

Iran's Khamenei Issues Decree To Set Up A Social Safety Net

4/10/2022

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has outlined the general policies for a social security system as the country is grappling with a grave economic situation.

In a proclamation sent to the heads of Iran’s three branches of power and the Expediency Council on Sunday, Khamenei on Sunday issued the policies aimed at improving social welfare, removing poverty, and supporting the vulnerable strata of the society in compliance with the first clause of Article 110 of the Iranian Constitution.

He ordered the presidential administration to cooperate with the parliament and the judiciary and mobilize all the relevant entities to provide a comprehensive plan for the implementation of these policies, including legislation, devising regulations and necessary executive measures, within six months.

Khamenei’s directive is a brief and general guideline issuing a series of orders that is meant to expand services to underprivileged people living in urban and rural areas.

In his decree, Khamenei called for establishing a comprehensive, integrated, transparent, efficient and multi-layered social security system, as more reports emerge of deepening poverty amid a 40-percent inflation rate.

The policies include reforming subsidy schemes, promoting job creation, providing all members of the community with access to social services and public resources, and paradoxically offering fertility services to increase the population growth rate.

The directive makes no mention of needed financial resources to expand the social security net. The Islamic Republic has for years provided general energy and food subsidies, but its centrally controlled and closed economy has stifled growth and made it vulnerable to oil export sanctions.

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