CAIRO: In cooperation with the Ministry of Social Solidarity, the Ministry of Supply will provide 200,000 poor families with ration cards and cancel cards of those who do not need them, Al-Mal Business Daily reported Sunday.
Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi announced Sunday the ministry would launch an optional “Give Back Your Ration Card” initiative for those who do not need the government assistance.
By launching new initiatives, the ministry seeks to deliver its due supply, lessen the burdens of the poor, and widen the base of supply to include all poor families, Hanafi said. The ministry expects more than 2 million persons to forfeit their cards.
“Besides providing more poor families with ration cards, the ministry is coordinating with major producers to provide the needed quantities of new subsidy system commodities to the wholesales complexes and the ration distributers,” Hanafi said.
The Ministry of Supply applied a new system for food subsidies in July, under which, every person with a ration cards receives a 15 EGP cash subsidy monthly.
“Providing subsidized goods through ration cards will greatly lessen the burdens of the poor and will help many Egyptians with their demands in life. A total of 18 million citizens have ration cards,” former Minister of Supply Mohamed Abu Shady told Youm7 in December.