Circular limits officials’ salaries in Iran after scandal turns viral
Tehran, Iran, Aug. 12
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
A few weeks after an inflated salaries scandal turned viral in Iran, the government has issued a circular that strictly limits the payments to high officials.
According to the new circular signed by Planning and Budget Organization’s chief Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, high-ranking officials of the legislative, executive and judicial branches will receive no more than 100 million rials ($3,200) per month, Fars news agency reported Aug. 12.
Recently, pay slips of some officials published online revealed that they had been receiving incredulously large amounts of money as salary, which were scores of times bigger that the sum paid to the average Iranian working class.
The new circular also asserts that the salaries of the country’s medical staff, including doctors and other wage earners of the medical practice, will also be amended in a new circular that is to be published in one month.
Doctors are also the source of much debate in the Iranian society for the large sums they charge. The earning of a medical practitioner in Iran is multiple times of that earned by a colleague of the same level of proficiency in most other countries.