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Panel 'uncertain' over meat subsidy cut plan.

Member of a parliamentary committee in charge of reviewing subsidies, MP Ahmed Qarata, said the committee hasn't received any official reply from the government concerning a decision to scrap meat subsidies, set to take effect tomorrow.

He expressed hope that the government would agree to a parliamentary proposal to postpone lifting subsidies until next month as this would benefit citizens.

"Should the decision enter into effect tomorrow, the committee will have no role to play," Mr Qarata said.

The lifting of subsidies must be implemented in phases, covering 22 food items, oil products, gas and electricity in addition to government subsidised institutions and organisations, such as University of Bahrain and Bahrain Polytechnics, he said.

Subsidies redirection must not affect small and medium-sized businesses, Mr Qarata added.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Aug 31, 2015
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