Jalili vows greater role for people, reform in institutions

Iranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili vows to boost the role of people in various sectors by implementing reforms in state institutions, discovering potentials, and focusing on basic problems.

“I believe that the administration and the administrative and executive structure of our institutions must be far more efficient and practical,” Jalili told worshippers at Az-Zahra Mosque in the city of Khomeini-Shahr, Isfahan Province, on Thursday.

“The administration’s mechanism has to change so that people will not need to consult institutions and face Herculean labors, and worry how to overcome the obstacles in the way of performing a simple task. A mechanism must be formed so that the institutions will make plans for people’s problems and take the initiative to take care of people’s demands instead of waiting for people to go to them,” he explained.

He said institutions in various fields must seek ways to recognize local potentials and utilize them to boost production.

“It is incumbent on Bank Keshavarzi (Agriculture Bank of Iran) and related offices that must go after local farmers and figure how they can maximize their agricultural capacities. Economic and industrial institutions must make plans to reach utmost utilization [of potentials] in the field of production. We must recognize what potentials exist in various cities and areas, and provide maximum assistance so that they can be realized.”

Jalili also stressed the need for conducting accurate evaluations and avoiding mouthful campaign slogans.

He added that the next administration must resolve the basic problems the country is currently grappling with so that permanent reforms could be implemented.

Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, President of the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, MP Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei, former First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi are Jalili’s seven rivals.

Iranians will go to the polls in the country’s 11th presidential election on June 14.

Nearly 50.5 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election, with more than 1.6 million first-time voters.

By Press TV


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