One of the key privileges of party leaders is food distribution.
Executives receive food at a distribution station separate from the commoners. The content of the food being distributed is ranked according to class.
The general population seems to be suffering from a food shortage, but executives have special food supply stations ranging from first to fourth grade. The first class is for high-ranking officials of the political bureau or higher and supplies daily side dishes.
The second tier can be obtained by the Secretary, the candidate for the Central Committee of the Party, and the Deputy Secretary. I was third grade and got enough food. (Asahi newspaper Aera editorial department, “Exiles from North Korea”)
Food distribution in North Korea is not generally known, but it is a two-pronged system. In addition to the general distribution system, there is a system called the supply system for executives. The supply system is further subdivided from No. 1 to No. 9; No. 1 and No. 2 are the parent and child; No. 3 is the highest executive class such as Kure Shinyu (People’s Armed Forces Minister). My home was No. 4. For example, rice was distributed at a rate of 600 grams per day for the family, but for the supply system, 800 and 900 grams were paid. Salt is also refined and of high quality, and miso is made of poor corn by the distribution system, but soybean is made by the supply system. The distribution of oil was corn, but the supply was sesame oil. In addition, meat, fish, eggs and vegetables were added only for the supply system. He is told by his father like this and grows up. “ Because there are also children of ordinary households at school, you should be especially honest and modest and serve as another example. ” Lunch lunch is only for corn rice and potatoes, Is white rice. And kimchi is spread over the top and hidden, but when you turn it you can see meat and eggs. So I never tried to open the lunch box before anyone. (Ibid.)
There are dedicated supply stations for executives in each region. Depending on the class, you have the right to acquire high-end goods, but you can buy food and other items you need for living at a national fixed price at the executive supply center.
No.1, No.2, No.3 … No.9, No.10 and the subjects are ranked. For example, the target of the second class is distributed every month with 2 liters of cooking oil, 30 boxes of cigarettes, 2 bottles of shochu, 10 bottles of beer and groceries, clothing fabrics, shoes, TV, refrigerator, etc. The positions to be supplied in No. 2 are the Deputy Director of the Central Committee of the Party, Deputy Director of the State Council, Deputy Secretary of State, the manager of express enterprises, the administration of roads, the chair of the Economic Guidance Committee, and the director of the Safety Bureau. (Chan Ki-hong, “North Korea: Ordinary People,”)
The common people are struggling to get food, but party leaders have no shortage of food and can afford it.
With the help of the Workers Party leader’s father-in-law, we had no trouble seeking food. I chose the necessary side dishes on a weekly basis and applied, and they were delivered exactly as they were. Of course, he paid, but it was cheaper than the market and other stores, and only of good quality. The staple food, rice, was provided on a basic basis, and the side dishes were eggs, fish, garlic, meat, etc., with different items delivered weekly.
The weight of meat was fixed by the number of family members. The average public would only want to see seafood once or twice a year, but in marriages they often went to the table. (Shin Young-hee”I was the dancer of Kim Jong Il”)
The lives of ordinary people are struggling, but they are already accustomed to food shortages. Even now, there is no shortage of executive classes. Problems will arise if the supply of this layer is reduced. You can buy anything every month on a fixed date, and you can buy foreign currency at foreign currency shops. In addition, power organizations such as the Workers Party Central and the Social Security Ministry have their own farms. (“Exiles from North Korea”)）
Not only distribution but also “executive shops”.
In the Pyongyang, officials of the party politics, the head of the government (the minister), and senior officials of the provincial government party and the chairman of the People’s Committee class are in each level of “Executive store” where the general public is banned from entering. Only the chairman-level executives come in and use the unusual won, and they also have a wide range of daily necessities such as rice, meat, fish, vegetables, and high quality seasonings at a low price. (Kim Won-jo, “Republic of the frozen land”)
Executives are spilling excess food into markets.
At party leaders’ homes, even dogs eat white rice. Party leaders received more than the allotted portion and left over what was left for the market and sold at high prices. Much of the illegal activity in the market comes from party leaders. ( Hong Yong”Carrot theif”)