Cabinet discusses protests, agrees measures on housing, employment, support for low-income groups
The Cabinet held a meeting in Baghdad on Saturday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi.
The Cabinet discussed the protests in Iraq, and agreed the first in a series of measures to address the grievances of protestors and fulfill the aspirations of all Iraqis, including the following:
- The completion within 4 weeks of the process to distribute 17,000 plots of land for housing purposes to low income-groups in Basra Province.
- Directing the relevant authorities to begin accepting applications from low-income groups for the distribution of land plots as decreed by the Cabinet earlier.
- Introducing a national housing programme to build 100,000 housing units across all provinces.
- Provincial governors and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to provide lists of 600,000 in-need families so they can receive social security payments.
- A grant of 175,000 Iraqi dinars per month to be paid to 150,000 citizens who are unemployed and are unable to work. The payment to continue for three months.
- Introducing a new, three-month training scheme for 150,000 graduates and non-graduates who are currently unemployed but are able work. Trainees will receive a grant of 175,000 per month while in training and those who successfully complete the training programme will be offered jobs with several investment projects in Iraq. They will also be offered loans to start their own small and medium size businesses, and business-ready plots of land to start their own industrial projects.
- The Ministry of Education to take the necessary measures to contract lecturers on various internship/volunteer programmes and submit a request for financing these measures to be included in the 2020 Federal Budget.
- Cancelling any accumulated unpaid rent for farmers who lease land from the Ministry of Agriculture for the period up to 31/21/2019.
- On 15/10/2019 the Ministry of Defence will begin receiving online applications from young Iraqis aged 18-25 who wish to join the Armed Forces.
- The Ministries of Defence and Interior to take the necessary measures to reinstate qualified groups of employees who were dismissed from service.
- Directing all health institutions, hospitals and clinics to provide, free of charge, all necessary medical treatment to injured protesters and members of the security forces, including evacuation for treatment overseas if necessary.
- Declaring protesters and members of the security forces who died during the recent protests as martyrs, with their families receiving the financial and legal protection decreed by law.
The Cabinet will announce further measures at its next meeting.