Rouhani: gas price hike aimed at assisting middle-class, lower-income families

Rouhani: gas price hike aimed at assisting middle-class, lower-income families

The Iranian government’s goal by the aid scheme is to help the middle-class and lower-income households, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said at a cabinet session yesterday evening about his government's recently implemented fuel consumption management plan.

Rouhani said that to help the low-income and middle-class families "we have no more than three ways; we must either increase taxes, export more oil, or decrease subsidies and return them back to those in need," Mehr News reported.

The Iranian government increased the price of gasoline by 50% late on Wednesday but announced that 100% of the revenues from the increase in the price of gasoline would go to the people.

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