Over 153,000 ration cards revoked in 2022: Egypt’s supply ministry

MENA , Ahram Online , Monday 19 Dec 2022

Egypt's Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade announced that more than 153,000 subsidy ration cards were revoked this year under the country's new conditions for subsidy eligibility.

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In a statement released on Monday, the ministry said that the total number of beneficiaries from the ration cards systems amounted out 62.7 million with a total value of EGP 36 billion.

Egypt’s domestic population reached 104 million in October.

The total number of beneficiaries affected by the move was not disclosed.

In a previous statement, the ministry said it had notified citizens who would be removed from the subsidy system and informed them of the reasons for their removal, giving them the opportunity to appeal the decision.

Among these reasons are receiving a high salary, owning a modern car, or travelling abroad for more than three successive years.

In December 2021, the government announced it was revising the ration card and subsidy system to ensure that they reach those who most need them, rather than those who do not.

The same month, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi also directed the government to stop issuing new cards and reduce the number of beneficiaries to from four family members per card to two in order to reduce costs and save up for long-overdue development projects.

Ration card holders receive a number of key food staples at lower-than-market prices, including rice, pasta, cooking oil, and bread.

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