Cash benefits to be paid out to Iranian families starting tomorrow
Source: Radio Zamaneh
low-income families in north-eastern Iran will be the first families to receive
government cash benefits to counteract the effects of rising prices anticipated
by the cutting of public subsidies.
Mehr news agency reports that the authorities announced that $81 will be
deposited into their accounts tomorrow and added that by next week, other
provinces will receive their benefits as well.
It is not clear for how long the families will receive this benefit and the
authorities maintained that the money cannot be withdrawn until the cutting of
subsidies actually takes effect.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government is cutting Iran's public subsidies which have
for years kept down the price of energy and food staples in the country.
While analysts have predicted that basic needs will become unaffordable for
many, Ahmadinejad has rejected these predictions proposing that direct cash
handouts to low-income families would only redirect these subsidies to the right
According to Behrouz Moradi, project manager for the restructuring of the
subsidies, 98 percent of the applications for family benefits have been
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