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| Tehran beggars make $1,500 a month|
| Updated at: 1216 PST, Friday, May 07, 2010|
TEHRAN: Beggars in the Iranian capital earn the equivalent of 1,500 dollars a month five times the official minimum wage, the local news agency reported.
"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, agency 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.