Ahmad Jannati

Culture and Guidance Minister Ali Jannati has announced that government-funded dinners for public servants will no longer be held during the holy month of Ramadan.

The Fars News Agency reports that Jannati said canceling the dinners is part of the government’s program to cut spending.

Iran’s government offices have always provided dinner to employees during the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during daylight. The government is facing serious budget shortfalls blaming the former adminsitration for serious mishandling of public monies.

This year, Ramadan will start in Iran on Sunday June 29.