Hyderabad: During the coming Ramzan, in all probability beginning from August 2, the state government will offer all facilities, better than last time, to those participating in the Holy Month’s fasting programme.
“We will offer better services than last year,” said Minister for Municipal Administration M Maheedhar Reddy, speaking to a group of journalists who called on him in his chambers at the Secretariat on Wednesday.
Ministers from city Danam Nagender (Labour and Employment) and Mukesh Goud (Marketing and Warehousing), will be consulted to take all the measures necessary for smooth conduct of the religious prayers at all the mosques particularly the Makkah Masjid located in the old city.
The Departments of Wakf and Municipal Administration will work in tandem to ensure good sanitation, cleanliness at the places of worship.
Besides this, on July 20, a meeting with the top brass of the police department would be held to discuss law and order and to see that peace is ensured during the Holy Month.
“Ramzan festival is for all, and whoever got faith in God would take part in the festivities and fasting,” said the Minister without mincing words.
Arrangements will be made to step up security at the places of worship, divert traffic wherever necessary and to remove hurdles if any so that the prayers could be offered conveniently and peacefully.
Over and above all these preparations, the Municipal Administration Department will take measures for sale of good and fresh food at all the hotels visited by the people after prayers.
Steps will also be taken to prevent sale of adulterated or stocked food items to the visitors. “The government is firm on this aspect,” said the Minister.
The Minister was caught unawares as he was not kept abreast of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s instructions on ‘Ramzan’ festival by his OSD.
However Mr Maheedhar Reddy did not hesitate to take the clue from the Chief Minister’s press note furnished to him.
Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister issued instructions to the Municipal Administration Minister to discuss arrangements for ensuing Ramzan with his colleagues Syed Ahmedullah, Wakf and Minorities Minister and city Ministers Danam Nagender and Mukesh Goud.
The Chief Minister also desired that required civic and other facilities be provided during the cited month.(INN)