Monday, February 21, 2005

Iran News - Merger of Ministries planned in Iran

Iran News - Merger of Ministries planned in Iran: "Merger of Ministries planned in Iran

Monday, February 21, 2005 - ©2005
LONDON, Feb 21 (IranMania) - A number of Ministries will be merged according to a new government bill.

Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari told Fars News Agency that according to the government's new bill, several other Ministries will be merged, including the Ministries of Commerce and Economy.

"A total of 21 Ministries and 20 major governmental organizations are presently working under the supervision of President Mohammad Khatami," he said.

Commenting on the new bill, he pointed out that energy ministry will be formed after the merger of oil and power ministries.

"Labor and Cooperative Ministries will also be merged," he said.

Shariatmadari noted that roads and communications ministries will also be merged to form a new ministry under the name of communications and transportation.

"We have also purchased 50 percent of subsidized goods for next year and the essential goods will be distributed within the next six months," he said.

He noted that the private sector can import basic goods on the basis of a fixed tariff rate.

Commenting on an increase in production of citrus fruit in the current Iranian year (ending March 20) in comparison with the last three years, the official said people will not face fruit shortage during Norouz (the new Iranian year).

Referring to the big difference between the price paid to farmers and the price offered to consumers, Shariatmadari said in case guild associations are provided with a 150-billion-rial budget, people will face no problem for buying citrus fruits throughout the next year."


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