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Uruguayan Senate for reducing basic food basket’s prices

Uruguayan Senate

Uruguayan Senate for reducing basic food basket’s prices

Montevideo, May 4 (Prensa Latina) The Uruguayan Senate on Wednesday submitted to the Government a proposal to reduce the Value Added Tax (VAT) on 19 basic food basket items for a term of six months in order to alleviate the high cost of living.
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With the unanimous vote of 28 members, the Senate also opted for searching for agreements with the distribution and commercialization chains of such items and the implementation of compensation for small and medium-sized traders.

Senator Guido Manini said that his party Cabildo Abierto presented the original proposal at the Finance Committee.

Senator Mario Bergara, of the Broad Front (Frente Amplio-FA) coalition, was the first to speak at the session, who stated that he was voting for the minute because he understood that the measures announced earlier by the Executive Power were still insufficient and late.

He also stressed that it was necessary that these 19 items are accessed through the electronic media system to avoid discounts and ensure the impact on the beneficiaries, who are the final consumers.

The Broad Front legislators also advocated for increasing the amounts of the Uruguay Social Card and family allowances for the most vulnerable people, established during the previous Governments of the leftist coalition.

For his part, Senator Alejandro Sanchez expressed that, according to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 200,000 Uruguayans are in the line of food insecurity, and the agreed request was more than necessary in the face of an Executive Power that refuses to avoid price increases, he stressed.

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