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The government looks for solutions to curb price incline and financial aid distributed to 117 thousand families


 Dr.Riyad Almalki, Minister of Media, yesterday, announced that the government is studying solutions to curb rising prices within 48 hours within the distribution of financial aid worth $12 million which will benefit 117 thousand underprivileged families which occupy more than half of the Gaza Strip. This is an implementation of the resolution taken earlier by the government in its meeting last week. In a press conference during the Council of Ministers meeting in Ramallah yesterday, Almalki stated that, ”There is intensive activity in the Ministry of Finance in this direction and the beginning of the process of exchange will take place within 48 hours.The mechanisms established by the conservatives in coordination with the Ministry of Social Affairs. " He explained that each family Maliki families benefiting from the assistance get $ 100, and will exchange through banks in the Gaza Strip and across post offices in the West Bank. Maliki also announced that the Ministry of Social Affairs will begin over the next two days distributing aid in kind received by the government from European and Arab countries and the government budget include tens of thousands of packages of food, clothing and stationery for needy families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Of these 30 thousand aid package food donated by the Spanish government will be equally divided between the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as 22 thousand expel diet by the Jordanian government, and 10 thousand breakfasts Saim expelled from the UAE Red Crescent, in addition to 20 thousand gift from the Ministry of Social Affairs for the children of the needy in the West Bank and Gaza include
Clothing and stationery within the program "smiles."

Elsewhere, Maliki said that the government discussed at its high prices seen by the Palestinian lands, and decided to activate a consumer protection, stressing that the "government does not have the possibility of direct intervention in setting prices, and will not interfere in this."
He attributed Maliki high prices in the Palestinian territories to the high prices of basic commodities such as wheat and oil in the world market.
He added, "is known that the government could not provide any support to prices. Support has come, we will distribute it. “
He continued: state prices global situation and not only Palestinian. We do not have the financial potential to provide price protection, "but he stressed that the government" will not shirk from its responsibilities, so the moment we are looking for solutions and appropriate mechanisms to ease the burden on citizens and shoulder our responsibilities. "

Maliki also announced that the government started to prepare the public budget for 2008, indicating that the Ministry of Finance asked the rest of the ministries provide Lower discretion "We expect to receive over two days so that the Ministry of Finance to begin preparing the budget."
The President Mahmoud Abbas recently endorsed the general budget for the current year and by the government, amounting to about 6 t two billion dollars.






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