March 10, 2014
Capitanich targets 'mechanisms to discredit' gov't's social inclusion 'achievements'
“There has been a drastic reduction of poverty and indigence” over the past decade in Argentina, the cabinet chief “emphatically” said this morning while addressing reporters at the Casa Rosada presidential palace. Capitanich’s statements come right after the UCA university presented a report saying there are 11 million poor people in the country.
“Over the past weeks, there has been a strategy meant to discredit the mechanisms of social inclusion promoted by the national government since 2003,” Jorge Capitanich affirmed responding to a recent study by the Social Observatory of the Argentine Catholic University (UCA) that denounced 11 million people struggle to meet their basic needs in the South American country.
Capitanich rather talked about what he called the “results” reached by the Kirchnerite administration since taking office ten years ago. “11.6 million Argentineans who have been incorporated representing a GDP investment of 12 points, almost universal attendance in primary schools; mobility in the pension scheme; 1 million of housing solutions and 1,500 collective bargaining negotiations” were some of the “results” the head of ministers outlined in his daily brief to the press.
“Emphatically, there is no possibility that poverty will increase but that it will be reduced. Data by the UCA’s Observatory can not be corroborated at all,” Jorge Capitanich added saying “achievements” of the federal government are not recognized.
“There has been an abrupt reduction of poverty. We have a sanitary system that reduced child mortality substantially and no one talks about that,” the official said.
“There are things missing, no one doubts about it but no one should get around the great achievements. Objective recognition is good to guarantee a mature democracy that recognizes significant achievements, such as social inclusion and the improvement of many Argentineans’ purchasing power,” Capitanich assured.