Staff Reporter

Takes part in Iftar hosted by Minority Welfare Department

Call for unity to fight terrorism

Mayor Millika Begum, others participate

VIJAYAWADA: Communal harmony is the need of the hour and events like Iftar gatherings create a common platform shared by people from different communities, says Krishna district Collector Shailaja Ramaiyer.

Addressing a meeting that followed an Iftar hosted by the Krishna District Minority Welfare Department on Tuesday, Ms. Ramaiyer listed out the several welfare schemes initiated to uplift the Muslim community. Reservations in educational institutions, scholarships to students of minority community, introduction of English medium schools and hostel facility would go a long way in improving their living standards, she maintained.

“Terrorism is a social bane. Let us all unite and fight the scourge,” she urged. Reacting favourably to a plea by the community leaders for relay of ‘Peace TV’, a channel airing programmes of Muslim religion, she said a meeting with the local cable operators should remove hurdles, if there were any.

Hike in budget

Kankipadu MLA Devineni Rajasekhar (Nehru) called upon people to imbibe the message of the holy month of Ramzan. He said enhancement of the budget allocated for welfare of Muslim minorities was aimed at the all-round development of the community.

Vijayawada West MLA Sk. Nasar Vali pointed out that the lent days that culminated in Id festival called for self-discipline among Muslims. Ch. Babu Rao of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said Iftar gatherings served as binding factor among different religions and communities. He stressed the need for a comprehensive development of Muslim minorities.

District Minority Welfare Officer Gousia Begum presided over the meeting, while Mayor Mallika Begum, Congress leader Kolanukonda Shivaji, Kaikaluru MLA Yerneni Raja Ramchander, Joint Director of Agriculture Department Vaman Goud, Project Director of Indira Kranthi Pathakam K. Sivasankar and others participated.

In the Iftar that preceded the meeting, the leaders shared refreshments with the Muslim community members.