Ahead of the fasting and feasting festival of Ramzan that begins later this month, the state government in Tamil Nadu has announced to give 4,900 tons of rice to be distributed among more than 3,000 mosques in the state. The distributed rice will be used to prepare food for the worshippers during the holy month of Ramzan. The initiative has already got the approval of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palniswami. Sources said that the initiative will cost the government an additional Rs 12.60 crore. It may be recalled that this initiative was started for the first time when Jayalalithaa was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. It was hugely appreciated by people of the Muslim community.
This year too, the state government had received several requests from various mosques across the state to give them free rice to feed worshippers during the holy month of Ramzan. In view of the huge number of requests, the state government has decided to approve the scheme this year too. District collectors have been notified and they will be controlling the supply of rice. Sources said that the rice will be given only after a thorough document check, which will eliminate any possibilities of fraud.