The crisis of pension funds has been resolved, according to Sajjad Padam
Sajjad Padam’s dismissal as the Director General of Social Insurance at the Ministry of Welfare in the thirteenth government has reignited the discussion about the post-crisis pension funds. The government’s response to various crises this time was similar to previous occasions, as they temporarily resolved the issue by brushing it under the rug. However, what is the fate of the bankruptcy of pension funds and where does the matter stand?
About a week ago, the Director General of Social Insurance at the Ministry of Welfare made a controversial statement which sparked public and expert reactions. In the first part of this case, Iran Gate examined the roots of this issue and the reasons behind the critical situation of pension funds. However, in this section, it focuses on the manner in which the government has dealt with various crises.
Let’s clear the matter.
The pattern of Ibrahim Raisi’s government in dealing with crises and problem-solving has largely been in line with a method known as problem-solving. This type of behavior can be observed in the recent dismissal of Sajjad Paddam instead of addressing important issues such as pension funds. Ibrahim Raisi’s government has also adhered to this method in terms of publishing inflation statistics and housing market reports.
In the field of managing exchange rates, the automotive market, and the housing market, we have seen that Ibrahim Raisi and his appointed managers have tried to divert attention by clearing the issue. However, it should be noted that some crises, such as inflation or the bankruptcy of pension funds, cannot be solved by clearing the issue alone and may not even be controllable in the short term.
The biggest threat that Iran faces
This approach exists not only among governments but also the representatives of the eleventh parliament have faced an unscientific and imbalanced confrontation with the country’s problems and crises by following the same management method of the thirteenth government. A recent example of this approach is the tweet by Mostafa Mirsalim, the representative of Tehran in the eleventh parliament, who accused the people of ingratitude. He, who has been accused of involvement in behind-the-scenes and mafia-like activities in the automotive industry, has repeatedly blamed the people as the main culprits of the current problems in the country.
Mirsalim writes in this tweet that the biggest threats that most people face are ignorance, weak faith, and ingratitude. As mentioned, this approach is not limited to the government or the parliament, but in the unified governance that has taken shape since 1400, this perspective can clearly be observed. However, in response to these actors who are causing the destruction of the social, political, and economic foundations of the country, it must be said that the biggest threat that threatens the country is exactly the approach that these individuals have adopted.
In fact, a government that fails to deeply investigate the country’s issues and problems, whether they are economic, social, or even political, is inevitably forced to inject temporary solutions to temporarily hide the problem. In other words, the Islamic Republic government has realized that it lacks the ability to fundamentally and rootly solve problems. Therefore, it has decided to accept the onset of chronic illness in the country’s management structure and inevitably turn a blind eye to its consequences. It is in this situation that it is said the government is sick and incapable in the face of crises and serious problems.
A lesson for the future
The issue of the dismissal of Sajjad Padam and the bankruptcy of pension funds is just one of hundreds of cases that indicate the inefficiency and incapability of the Islamic Republic government in problem-solving. However, the problem lies in the fact that the coming of Ibrahim Raisi’s government, which has unified the government’s voice, not only failed to solve any problem, but also added to the inefficiency and illness of this system. This important point is the most significant lesson that can be learned from the so-called Padam and pension fund case, a lesson that may come into play in the near future for the people and, inevitably, the Islamic Republic government.
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