A government official announced on Wednesday that so far 20,000 government employees have been transferred from Tehran to other cities.
View of Tehran from Milad Tower
"So far, 20,000 people have been transferred from Tehran" to other cities, the Vice President for Human Resources, Lotfollah Forouzandeh, told reporters after a cabinet meeting.
The policy falls within the government's plan to decentralize Tehran. Those employees who are willing to go to other cities are given special privileges.
The metropolis of Tehran houses about 10 million people.
Forouzandeh said, "Our assumption is that during the months of Tir (June 22-July 22) and Mordad (July 23-Augst 22) a number of other government employees will seek transfer to other provinces and this process will continue."
He also said changing the capital, establishing a single urban management system and a balanced development are under study by the government.
Forouzandeh said job and education are the main reasons for immigration to Tehran.
"We should prepare the ground for study and job in provinces to prevent immigration of people to Tehran."
The vice president said, "We believe the path that we have chosen is correct and we must continue it."
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