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Prime Ministry holds regular communication meeting

Published the:  04/06/2011

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June 04, 2011 - TAP - Social Affairs Ministry's representative Tarek Ben Youssef presented the methodology adopted by the Ministry to determine the poverty rate in the country estimated at 24.7% and announced last week.
During the regular meeting of the Prime Ministry's communication Unit held on Friday afternoon in Tunis, he said that the Ministry has used records available in its local, regional and central services after study and field monitoring and in accordance with objective and subjective standards and conditions set by regulations.
He said that the Ministry used the records of families whose income is under 400 dinars per year and per person and who receive a fixed allowance and free health care, the record of families benefiting from reduced health care fare card whose members exceed five persons and incomes under the minimum guaranteed wage, as well as the records of recipients of national social security fund pensions, particularly those with pensions under the minimum guaranteed wage.
The representative of the National Institute of Statistics (INS) Yassine Jmal emphasised, regarding statistics on poverty indicators in Tunisia, that the Institute has adopted the World Bank criteria since 2005.
There are two poverty lines, the first is that of "extreme poverty" and was estimated by the Ministry at 3.8%, while the second is that of "higher poverty rate" which is of 11.5%. He underlined that INS had not falsified statistics, under the former regime, but officials kept the information secret, for political reasons.
He said separation of the INS from the supervision of the Planning and International Co-operation Ministry to become a national public institute is a fundamental claim of the institute's executives, to avoid the use of these surveys for restricted purposes.
In another connection, Captain Kamel Akrout spoke of the Libyan boat which capsized off the coasts of Kerkennah Island. He said that the military unit and the coast guard rescued 583 persons, most of them Africans, from Nigeria, Ghana and Mali and others from Pakistan, in particular.
He added that 87 women and 20 children were among those rescued.
The Captain underlined, on the other hand, that the corpse of a person with African features was recovered while the death of a Malian was recorded during the rescue operations.
Justice Ministry's representative Kadhem Zine El Abidine reviewed cases and charges relating to the ousted President and his relatives, saying that their number has now reached 88, including 28 on which investigating judges issued letters rogatory and international arrest warrants and were brought before the military court.
They are, he specified, intentional murder crimes, inciting people to arm themselves against each other’s, abuse of power, embezzlement, smuggling of archaeological pieces, money laundering and violation of regulation on public procurement.
He added that eight cases involving Imed Trabelsi, the nephew of Leila Ben Ali on charges of corruption and forming a criminal group to commit crimes against persons and property and smuggling archaeological pieces, including the case of pilgrimage visas in which a former Minister is involved.
The representative of the Justice Ministry also said that two lawsuits filed against the ousted President and his family are now ready to be ruled on and will be examined by the military court: the first is related to funds and valuables found at the Sidi Dhrif palace and the second concerns the quantities of drugs and weapons found at Carthage Palace.
He confirmed the news of the arrest, on Thursday, of Najet Ben Ali, sister of the ousted President in Sousse.
For his part, Mr. Moez Ben Mahmoud representative of Tunisie Telecom denied the news reporting losses estimated at hundreds of billions suffered by the company, underlining that the crisis has had a limited impact.
He also reasserted the company's will to strengthen its partnership with the Emirati shareholder, saying that Tunisie Telecom will have its own head office by late 2013.
The Audit and Investigation Committee that started works a few days ago in Tunisia Telecom has identified several abuses and the records will be submitted to courts, said Mr. Ben Mahmoud.
He called, in this regard, not to confuse corruption records and the issue of contract staff of Tunisie Telecom.
Staff and executives of Tunisie Telecom call for implementation of Article 10 of the minutes signed on February 9, 2011 related to ending fixed-term contracts of persons receiving high wages while keeping rare specialities that are needed for the company's activities.
Mr. Bouzid Nasraoui, Director General of Protection and Control of Quality of Agricultural Products coming under the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment said Tunisian cucumbers are not contaminated.
The official reminded that Tunisia does not import fresh vegetables, adding that the Health Ministry conducts regular control operations.
For his part, Mr. Malek Ezzerli, Director General of the Veterinary Services said that nearly 100 thousand ovins and goats recently crossed the border with Libya (particularly Dhehiba).
He reminded that the vaccination of livestock is made at the level of all border points.
Regarding road safety, the Director General of the National Traffic Observatory (ONC) Jalel Boughdira said 1,927 accidents were recorded between January 1 and June 1, 2011, adding that the network of radars will be reinforced.
Director of Public and Local Communities coming under the Interior Ministry Hedi Zakhama said, in turn, that 35 municipal councils were dissolved after the January 14, 2011 Revolution, from a total of 114 councils whose dissolution is in progress.
He also reminded that 26 special delegations have been set up within municipalities whose councils were dissolved.
Regarding erratic construction, the official said that decisions taken about this issue are being implemented.
He also said that concerned services will start the treatment of the salt pan of Sijoumi in the coming days.
He reminded that 1,520 hectares were treated with insecticides in Tunis and Ariana.