HYDERABAD: As part of Ramzan, the Telangana government will host Dawat-e-Iftar to Muslims in 200 mosques across the state on July 12. The main Iftar is being organised at Nizam college grounds in which Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will participate.
AK Khan, who is heading a panel which is monitoring arrangements for the Iftar, said, “As Hyderabad has a large Muslim population, Iftar will be hosted here at 100 mosques in 24 Assembly constituencies and one mosque each in district headquarters across the state.”
Apart from dinner, clothes will be distributed to select poor people. A packet consisting of salwar kameez, saree and a cloth will be distributed to two lakh poor people at the mosques by July 15. “The tenders are already out, and we will make sure that all the mosques receive clothes by July 14 so that they can distribute them by 15,” Khan said.
As announced earlier by the Chief Ministerof Telangana, K Chandrasekhar Rao, all the Imams and Mouzars working in the mosques registered under Wakf Board will be given a salary of Rs 1,000. In order to fulfill the same and for other expenses, mosques will be given an amount of two lakhs.
Khan also requested all the concerned to cooperate with the government in making the Iftar programme a success. He asked mosque committees and religious leaders to bring shortcomings in the arrangements, if any, to the government’s notice so that they can be rectified.
Stating that women were also likely to turn up at mosques for special prayers, he asked the police authorities to make necessary arrangements to prevent incidents like jostling during the distribution of clothes by the State government. A separate cell has been created at the Wakf Board to give guidance to the public in case of emergency.