from TruthTheory Website
In 2019, Italy implemented a Basic Income program.
But the coverage is limited and many people in need did not qualify for aid.
Last month Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced an economic stimulus program. But again this has not yet reached all those citizens in need.
With people desperate to eat, especially in the poorer south of the country - the Mafia's base - the crime syndicate have been helping to alleviate the problem by handing out food parcels.
There have also been reports of the Mafia offering 'interest-free' lending to struggling businesses.
Are there strings attached, is there a 'return on investment' plan for the Mafia?
The burning issue is,
Italian authorities strongly believe there is a sinister ulterior motive at play.
The Italian minister of the interior, Luciana Lamorgese said:
Nicola Gratteri, anti-mafia investigator and head of the prosecutor's office in Catanzaro, added:
In a report from 2018, it was revealed that the Mafia have been extending their influence into food production. Using it as a means to conduct legitimate business and also to potentially launder money.
This control over the food industry could now offer them an even greater position of strength in the current unstable environment...