Iran denies reports of implementing electronic coupon system
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 14 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
The Iranian government has denied reports and news regarding the implementation of electronic coupons in the country, ISNA reported.
A few days ago Member of Iranian parliament's economic commission Arslanan Fathipour said Iran might be implementing the electronic discount cards for emergency first products, according to Iran's "Dunyaye Eqtesad" newspaper.
Fathipour said that given the today's economic situation in the country, and the imposed international sanctions, the coupons must be brought back in the shape of electronic coupons.
After the Islamic Revolution in 1981 the country was experiencing great deficit of some foods and services.
At that time the it was ordered to implement the special discount coupons for 10 emergency first products and services, to reduce the overall prices. After the economy stablized, Iran canceled the discount coupons.
Official from Ministry of Industries Trade and Mines of Iran, Hassan Moradi said that going back to the old system that Iran has been using in the early 80s was "irrational and unprofessional".
Today, Iran is facing extreme international pressure because of its nuclear program, and the imposed sanctions damage the economy of the country, which heavily depends on oil exports.
Iran has recently started to implement the "economy of resistance" to tackle the impact of economic crisis.