Telangana State Government Declared No Ramzan Gift this YearMay 26, 2020 02:32 PM
Stay at home and relish the delicious Sheerkhorma while maintaining social distancing. The grueling Ramzan and the isolated Eid-ul-Fitr due to Covid-19 was expected this year. No hugs and Eidhi from relatives. But nothing would affect the middle-class and the rich Muslims. Unfortunately, the poor Muslim had been receiving Ramzan gifts from the Government of Telangana since 2015. The TRS Government led by K. Chandrashekhar Rao would cancel the gifts due to the deficit and losses incurred by the State government in the last two months. Apart from the financial crisis, the distribution would violate social distancing which cannot be compromised in these circumstances.
The budget for the upcoming years was 66 Crores allocated for poor Muslims which includes distribution of clothes, Iftar dinners in various mosques. All these dinners were cancelled due to corona pandemic. Also, the Minorities Welfare Department had already proposed that all the money for Ramzan gifts should be distributed as a ration to the lakhs of poor and needy. AIMIM is in favor of distributing food from the allocated funds for the minorities. But the officials in Chief Minister Office did not agree to it as there was free rice and Rs 1500 for every white cardholder. Hence, there was no requirement of a separate program for Muslim Minorities.
The state government distributes gifts every year during Ramazan, Christmas, and Bathukamma folk festival.