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Tehran’s poverty line surpasses 45 million rials

Poverty is rampant in Iran
Poverty is rampant in Iran

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 26, 2020—The provincial governor of Tehran announced on Wednesday that the poverty line in the province has reached 45 million rial.

Anoushiravan Mohseni Bandepi said: “We must not look at the national poverty line. We should consider it by province and in this way, in Tehran, we will have a poverty line of 45 million rials. Single mothers are mostly among these people.”

He tried to downplay the issue and said “Of course, not all these women need. Of the 8.31 million families who are in the three lowest deciles of the society, 2,379,851 of them, equal to 29 percent, are single women. Also, 191,149 thousand families in Tehran are directed by single mothers and are among the three lowest deciles of society.”

This regime official compared the domestic jobs and said that in 2017 about 480 billion rials credit was allocated for domestic jobs in Tehran province, but this number declined to 70 billion in 2018. This fact was also reported to the Program and Budget Organization.

In a recent report, the Majlis Research Center addressed the growing trend of poverty and the significant increase in inequality and social divide as a result of the 20 percent inflation rate. An upward trend indicates an increase in inequality and at the same time negative growth and economic inflation in recent years. This has resulted in the significant growth of the poverty line in Tehran and other parts of the country. Also, the significant reduction in per-capita income has increased the poverty rate and the report of Majlis Research Center highlights the growing trend of this factor this year.

The report of the Majlis Research Center also mentioned high inflation and worsening livelihoods for low-income families and rising poverty. It confirms the calculations of the Social Security Organization Research Institute that indicated a 60-percent growth in Iran's poor population in the future. The 34-percent decrease in the country's per capita income over the past eight years means that the purchasing power of each citizen has decreased by one-third.

This is while the May report of the Statistical Center of Iran about the country's economic situation had announced the misery index, which is the result of the total unemployment rate and inflation, to be more than 45 percent.

The Iranian regime tries to highlight poverty and injustice in the U.S. to cover up the limitless poverty in Iran. Meanwhile, what goes unnoticed is the fate of people like Omran Roshani Moghadam, a deprived worker of Yadavaran Oil Square in Hoveyzeh, who hung himself recently to free himself of intensifying poverty.

According to Majlis Research Center, the absolute poverty, the inability to meet the minimum standard of living, and the lack of access to living standards in society, as many experts say, are the result of mismanagement and wrong economic policies. This is a big issue that added new classes to low-income people.

The poverty line of a four-person family in Tehran has increased by 80 percent in the last two years.