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Iraq Replaces Food Rations With Cash Handouts, Minister Says

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Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Iraq’s government has decided to cancel food rations to 6 million families and replace them with cash handouts, State Minister Ali Al-Dabbagh said.

Every person among those eligible for the program will be granted 15,000 dinars ($12.88) a month, Dabbagh, also the official government spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement. The decision is meant to end the corruption obstructing the proper and timely distribution of the five food staples: flour; sugar, rice, vegetable oil, and milk for babies, he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Khalid Al-Ansary in Baghdad at kalansary@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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