Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tehran beggars make 1,500 dollars a month

Beggars in Iranian capital reportedly earn up to five times sum of official minimum wage.
TEHRAN - Beggars in the Iranian capital earn the equivalent of 1,500 dollars a month -- five times the official minimum wage -- the Mehr news agency reported on Tuesday.

Many Iranians strongly believe in giving alms and other charitable acts promoted by Islam.

"Tehran beggars make at least 500,000 rials (50 dollars) 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 300 dollars a month

First Published 2010-05-04

Source :  http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/features/?id=38788

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Comment :

I think there is some mistake in reporting this news.  The three persons visible in the above photograph, regardless of their ages, look like performers, not beggars.  If this is the case, there is a golden opportunity for Pakistani mediocre performers who are wasting potential talent in pursuing their dreams by cajoling and coaxing directors and producers of stage or television dramas to give them just one chance.  I am certain that our performers can provide better entertainment for Irani people and may earn much more than these simpletons.

Government is too busy in tactical clash with the judiciary and opposition is bent upon proving itself a political ostrich.  Under these circumstances, some NGOs must take up this subject seriously to cope with unemployment in Pakistan.

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