close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

Tehran beggars make USD 1,500 a month: Iran official

Beggars in the Iranian capital earn the equivalent of USD 1,500 a month -- five times the official minimum wage -- the Mehr news agency reported on Tuesday.



Tehran: Beggars in the Iranian capital earn
the equivalent of USD 1,500 a month -- five times the official
minimum wage -- the Mehr news agency reported on Tuesday.

"Tehran beggars make at least 500,000 rials (USD 50) a
day or 15 million rials a month," the agency quoted Sadegh
Avvali, the official in charge of social services at Tehran
municipality, as saying.

He said that most beggars roaming the streets asking for
change in the sprawling capital come from villages and remote
towns or are foreigners, and that authorities round up about
300 vagrants and beggars daily.

Under a municipality initiative, panhandlers and vagrants
would be picked off the streets and sent to shelters at night,
Mehr quoted him as saying.

Beggars, including women and children, routinely roam the
Iranian capital and other large cities, especially the
religious hubs such as the northeastern city of Mashhad.

Homeless children and adults also often sell flowers and
chewing gum at busy intersections.

The Iranian minimum wage equals about USD 300 a month,
and many Iranians believe that giving alms is a charitable act
that also prevents mishaps.

PTI

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

Video: Suspected Kashmiri militants play cricket with AK47 as wicket

Nice, France: A year later, through the eyes of a Muslim

Top 5 inventions from Israel (Tech check)

Judaism, India's oldest foreign religion

Vegetarian beef farmer puts cows to pasture

Disabled dogs in Taiwan get hot new wheels