|73m Iranians registered to receive cash subsidy: govt. spokesman||
TEHRAN – Iranian Government Spokesman Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht says some 73 million Iranian have been registered to receive cash subsidy in the second phase of the subsidy reform plan.
He added that 2.4 million people have given up receiving subsidies, the Mehr News Agency reported on Wednesday.
Iranian Vice President for Executive Affairs Mohammad Shariatmadari said on Monday that according to a parliamentary ratification, the government is obliged to pay cash subsidies only to needy people in the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21.
Registration for receiving subsidy ended on Sunday, April 20.
People were asked to refer to a specific website and apply for receiving cash subsidy.
The subsidy registration website asked people to announce their monthly income if it is below 6 million rials ($235), between 6 million and 10 million rials ($390), between 10 million and 20 million rials ($780), between 20 million and 25 million rials ($980), or it is above 25 million rials.
However, Shariatmadari said only a small percentage of people said their monthly income is above 25 million rials.
“Some had thought if they do not register they will be recognized as rich and ‘some problems’ will be created for them.”
Shariatmadari said those who have registered will be paid in the current Iranian month of Ordibehesht (April 21-May 21). However, he added, the government will wait until people would withdraw registration, otherwise they will be informed through SMS that their subsidy will be cut.
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