State media: Iranian economy plagued by corrupt officials
Iran’s economy is rife with corruption. People are suffering because of this corruption and the regime’s bad economic policies. The situation has reached such a point that Iranian state media and regime officials are acknowledging part of these crises.
“Iran’s rising inflation rate has become a regular economic indicator with a devastating effect on the country’s economy, mainly on the lives of Iranian families,” the state daily Mardom Salarie wrote on September 19.
“The income of families does not cover all their needs. As inflation has risen, some have gotten poorer and others have gotten richer, which has widened the class divide and dissatisfaction with the economic and social situation, ”added Mardom Salarie. .
Mardom Salarie acknowledged that “nearly 25 million families live in Iran. According to economists, about 40 percent of them receive less pay than approved by Ministry of Labor laws, and some receive even less. In a statistic released some time ago, the Central Bank stated that the poverty line in the country has reached around 10 million Tomans, while the official income in this country barely reaches 5 million Tomans.
Iranians have such a low income, while according to Mardom Salarie, “inflation in the Iranian economy has not stopped and is increasing. Many economists believe that with current management methods, the situation will worsen by the end of the year.
Many experts have looked at the Iranian economic crisis. The regime and its apologists are trying to blame the sanctions for the current economic recession in Iran. But as some officials and state media recognize the role of the regime in creating and amplifying these crises.
“The [regime’s] laws generate corruption, and if the current trend continues, we will lose 80% of our political legitimacy, ”deputy Hassan Lotfi declared on September 19, according to the Royedade 24 newspaper.
“Unfortunately, the number of [economic] the laws are increasing every day. For example, we have around 800 tax-only legal titles. In such a situation, we sometimes see that a tax official, according to his taste, is using the “good law” for someone he loves. When he doesn’t like the client, the same administrator applies the “bad law”, ”adds Lotfi.
“The cause of economic corruption is the lack of transparency. Now the question I ask is which government resources are transparent? What information system do the media have access to? How do people know how much we get paid in parliament? Where are the assets of official tycoons invested and where did they get these assets from? Lotfi acknowledged. Besides corruption, there is another reason that has caused the inflation rate to rise: cash growth.
“One of the main reasons for inflation is the growing budget deficit and the inability of the government to solve this problem,” Mardom Salarie wrote in this regard. To make up for its budget deficit, the regime began printing banknotes, increasing Iran’s liquidity. Since the production rate was far behind liquidity growth, Iran’s inflation rate has risen rapidly and continues this upward trend.
According to Mardom Salarie, Iran’s inflation rate reached “over 45% in August. This is an unprecedented figure, and it is expected to reach 60% with the current budget deficit and Tehran’s inability to expand its trade.
“In this situation, the government should either control inflation or prevent price increases by subsidizing the consumer or increasing wages so that people can cover their expenses. But as the government faces a budget deficit and has its hand in the pockets of the people. This is unlikely to happen, ”wrote Mardom Salarie.
“Therefore, it seems that in the weeks and months to come, the situation of families will worsen, which will lead to the withdrawal of more goods and services from people’s tables,” adds Mardom Salarie.
As MP Lotfi acknowledged, the regime has long lost its political legitimacy after years of corruption coupled with oppression. As a result, people’s protests and their anger towards the regime continue to increase.
“We must recognize that the country’s economic situation is worse than one can imagine, and its dangerous and harmful social, political and moral effects and consequences must not be overlooked,” Eghtesad-e Pouya warned on September 14. .