Hyderabad: The Telangana government on Thursday announced measures to celebrate the Ramzan festivities on a grand scale, including distribution of clothes to the poor and organising Iftar, at a cost of Rs 26 crore.
"The Dawat-e-Iftar used to be conducted in integrated state (AP) as if just for the sake of it. It was made a practice to organise the event only in Hyderabad, in Jubilee Hall or another hall.
"But, Telangana is home to 'Ganga Jamuna tehzeeb' (a culture of communal harmony). The government has decided to organise the festival in a good way," Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao told reporters here.
He said Iftar would be organised on July 8 at the Nizam college here in which four or five thousand people would attend the event.
Rao would participate in it. Ambassadors of various countries, including Turkey and Iran, would be invited for the event.
Similar events would be organised in the districts too.
Rao said 1.95 lakh poor Muslim families would be offered food and clothes near mosques.
In a fulfilment of election promise, the TRS government would begin offering Rs 1,000 per month to 'Imam sabs' (who conduct the prayers) and also those who give the call for prayer, Rao said, adding that 5,000 mosques come under the programme.
The inmates of all orphan homes across the state would be offered food on the occasion of the festival, he said.