Iran’s home and public tariffs on gas is increasing by 30 percent effective at the start of the new Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21.

The Mehr News Agency reported on Monday March 31 that the increase has been implemented following recommendations from the oil ministry as part of the restructuring of government subsidies.

The Ahmadinejad administration began the restructuring of government subsidies by cutting subsidies on energy and food staples and handing out cash to households in order to cushion the blow of price increases.

President Hassan Rohani has said that his government will have to push ahead with the second phase of restructuring but it will make every effort to avoid a “shocking” rise in prices.

Electricity prices have risen by 25 percent, while water bills have seen a 20-percent increase.