The National Superintendent of Fair Prices, Andres Eloy Mendez, spoke briefly about the biometric rationing system scheduled to be deployed in the country by the end of the year. While visiting a supermarket in Maracaibo, Zulia state, Mendez said:
[The system] allows the Venezuelan family to buy a sufficient amount [of food] every week.
Mendez also cautioned that the fingerprint scanning system will in fact prohibit people from purchasing “exuberant” amounts of food.
Neither “sufficient” nor “exuberant” were defined. To date, the government has been unable or unwilling to provide a clear answer to the question, “What exactly will the limits on purchase be?”.
The supermarket Mendez visited had working versions of the fingerprint scanners up and running for display. According to Mendez, the scanners reduced line ups in the supermarket by 80%.
Below, a picture from today’s event in Maracaibo showing the fingerprint scanner at work. Courtesy of El Propio:
Primero Justicia Challenges Maduro to Debate
Primero Justicia, one of the largest opposition parties, challenged Maduro to a debate. The topic: the economy. Jesus Armas, a Primero Justicia councilor from the Libertador municipality in Caracas said:
The Venezuelan people reject Maduro’s announcement, and describe it as a modern rationing system.
We’re telling Maduro that we reject this biometric control system and we challenge him to a public debate on the country’s economic model and the real macroeconomic changes Venezuela really needs to move forward.
Armas also said that his party wants Maduro to engage Venezuelans in an open, honest conversation regarding the specific nature of the biometric rationing system. He also argued that the government is placing all of the blame for the scarcity crisis on smuggling and hoarding in order to deflect blame for what he believes is the real culprit: the “socialist economic model”.
Over 90% of Venezuelan Emigrants Hold University Degrees
According to a study titled “Comunidad Venezolana en el Exterior” [“Venezuelan Community Outside the Country”] conducted by a team of sociologists, more than 90% of Venezuelan emigrants hold a university degree. Of that figure, 40% have a master’s degree, and 12% hold doctorates or post-doctorates.
The results of the study hold serious implications for the future of the country, as the brain drain Venezuela appears to be suffering from will inevitably leave her with less and less talent with which to fill top positions in both the public and private sectors.
Finally, a picture showing Maduro attempting what appears to be a one handed shot at an event yesterday. Courtesy of El Propio: