VIJAYAWADA: Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu promised interest-free loans up to one lakh rupees for minorities through the Minority Finance Corporation. The chief minister hosted an Iftaar party for Muslims in Vijayawada Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, Chandrababu Naidu assured that the government will increase the honorarium to Imams to Rs 5,000. As no MLA from the community was elected from the TDP, the party had ensured a ZP chairperson post and a mayor post for Muslims, he said.
Minority Welfare minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy said that the TDP is committed to minorities’ welfare and reminded that it was Chandrababu Naidu who had built the Haj House in Hyderabad for the benefit of Muslims going on the annual pilgrimage. Naidu had repaired 7,500 mosques and built 600 shadhikhanas during his tenure as chief minister.
The Iftaar party was organised by the AP government in Vijayawada for the first time. Prior to Iftaar, the chief minister participated in prayers.
Assembly speaker Kodela Sivaparasada Rao, ministers Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Kollu Ravindra, Kamineni Srinivas, Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas, TDP Vijayawada convenor Nagul Meera and the Wynchpet masjid Imam were among those who attended the programme.