The People's Chamber of the East German Parliament unanimously approved a Government measure abolishing rationing for such foodstuffs as meat, fats and sugar.
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Background: The People's Chamber of the East German Parliament unanimously approved a Government measure abolishing rationing for such foodstuffs as meat, fats and sugar. For nineteen years there has been some form of food rationing in the East German Republic, and, until today, it was the only other country, apart from Albania, in Western Europe that was obliged to restrict purchases.
Prices have increased as a consequence of this measure, and have found a mean somewhere between the rationing price and the 'black market' and dear free enterprise prices.
To compensate for this rise in the cost of living wage increases will be made, on a sliding scale, to the workers. In this way the national income will be raised by GBP35 million.
The Government is deliberately discriminating against farmers who refuse to join the state's co-operations, independent business men and all self-employed persons. They will not receive cost of living allowances and their basic food stuffs will cost roughly twice as much as before rationing. They will only receive allowances for their children if their incomes are below GBP850. At the same time income tax has been raised for all incomes of more than GBP1,300 per year.
The East German Premier, Herr Grotowoh, said that food rationing had become something of a political burden. The abolition had been promised four years ago and again in 1956.