6 May 2007 - 12:24
  • News Code: 103934
No Concern over Gasoline Rationing

TEHRAN – Head of Planning and Budget Committee of Majlis (Iran’s parliament) here Sunday said there was no room for concern about the rationing of gasoline as of May 22.

Reza Abdollahi told reporters it was better to sell gasoline at the open market rate, but Majlis had decided to ration the commodity through the smart card system and the MPs defended the approval.

“The government has made the necessary arrangements for supplying the rationed gasoline, including the distribution of fuel smart cards and the project faces no problem,” he added.

Abdollahi said the lawmakers attached great importance to the perfect enforcement of the law on gasoline rationing.

Fuel smart card project would become operational in Iran on May 10, the advisor to deputy minister of petroleum for refining and distribution affairs announced.

Abdolreza Amini told PIN the smart card system had been put into operation in some gas stations since few days ago in order to identify and remove the problems.

The number of smart card-equipped gas stations was growing gradually, said the official.

Amini pointed to massive dissemination of information about the use of smart card, adding the general public would get further information in the coming days.

“Fuel smart card system is completely different from Shetab banking network,” underlined the official, adding, “Shetab network works online and therefore the emergence of problems while receiving data is a real possibility, but smart card system operates offline and there is no interruption in its system as it occurs in Shetab network.”

Last March, the Majlis approved that the government could sell rationed gasoline at 1,000 rials (less than 11 cents) per liter through smart cards. The lawmakers also authorized the cabinet to determine the price of gasoline sold in excess of the rationed quota.




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