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The Government's first reaction to the poverty data: "Inflation is taking the country's growth to a few pockets"


This was stated by the Minister of Social Development, Victoria Tolosa Paz. The rest of the Cabinet, silent.

The Minister of Social Development, Victoria Tolosa Paz, acknowledged that poverty

"hurts" and that "inflation is taking the country's growth to a few pockets

" several hours after INDEC made official that in Argentina there is a 39.2 % of poor people, according to the report corresponding to the second half of 2022.

“The poverty index that @indecargentina announced

hurts us and occupies us


Inflation is taking the country's growth to a few pockets, leaving a large part of the population plunged into the uncertainty and anguish of being able to bring bread home," said the minister, traveling through Entre Ríos, the only voice weight of the government that came out to talk about the INDEC data.


wanted to know if there would be any official repercussions during the day by the President, but his spokesman did not respond to this newspaper's query.

“It is not just another piece of information, it is the engine of our daily work.

It is the State that takes care of those who have less, and

we came to order public policies

so that this accompaniment can reach where it is needed, also taking care of the efforts of society as a whole”, added Tolosa Paz.

According to INDEC,

last year poverty increased from 37.3% to 39.2%

and that, of that figure, 8.2% were below the indigence line - there was a very slight slowdown, from 8, 1% to that number.

Compared to the first semester of 2022, poverty rose from 36.5% to 39.2%.

After the US tour

The data is known

hours after Alberto Fernández returned to the country after the bilateral meeting he had with Joseph Biden

in the Oval Room of the White House, a meeting that, as confirmed by the Casa Rosada, served the President to ask his par US to intercede with the IMF to “mitigate the effects of the drought”.

The Minister of Economy,

Sergio Massa

, who joined the presidential entourage in DC on Tuesday, and who planned to return to Argentina this Friday morning,

preferred not to make statements

after the disclosure of the INDEC report.

The data comes at a time of

extreme delicacy for the Government

, in the midst of an inflationary crisis that climbed to 6.6% in February, a scourge that the management of Fernández and Massa cannot find a way around and that in the last year had a direct impact on the increase in poverty figures.

In this sense , the crisis of the economic program

adds to the internal political tension of the Frente de Todos

facing the start of the electoral campaign: the main partners of the coalition have not yet agreed on the strategy and the candidacies.

For the worse: there are no indications, at least for now, of how and when they are going to sit down to negotiate to try to smooth things over.

The statements of Tolosa Paz, who is very close to the President, are in line with the criticisms that Kirchnerism has reiterated in recent times with insistence regarding socioeconomic management.

Cristina Kirchner herself stressed that it was the

first experience of Peronism with "poor" wage earners


look also

The rise of poverty and the decline of Kirchnerism, a coincidence that explains itself

There are 7 million children and young people living in poor homes

Source: clarin

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