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Consumer society calls for studying all aspects before liberalising bread prices

By JT - May 16,2015 - Last updated at May 16,2015

AMMAN — The Consumer Protection Society (CPS) on Saturday called for studying all aspects of any decision related to lifting the flour subsidy, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

An accurate database that includes the costs of subsidies is required before a decision to liberate bread prices can be taken, the CPS said.

CPS President Mohammad Obeidat said procedures should also include a mechanism to ensure support is awarded to those in need, Petra reported.

At a press conference last week, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said the cost of one kilogramme of bread, after removing the subsidy, would go up from JD0.18 to JD0.38.

He added that Jordanians would be compensated for the difference in prices through a smart card if prices of the commodity are liberalised.

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