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PM chairs first Ministerial meeting on Shab-E-Barat and Ramadan 2020

Date: March 18, 2020
Domain:Civil Service
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS – 18 March 2020: The first Ministerial meeting of the Task Force for the celebrations of the festivals of Shab-E-Barat and Ramadan 2020, was held, yesterday afternoon, at the Lunch Room of the National Assembly, in Port Louis.  The meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister Minister of Defence, Home Affairs and External Communications, Minister for Rodrigues, Outer Islands and Territorial Integrity, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth.


The Task Force aims at ensuring the smooth running of the festivals and that these take place in the best possible conditions.  In addition, the different representatives from government bodies and those from different sociocultural associations were given a platform to share their propositions to that end.  Around 200 participants coming from 90 Muslim sociocultural associations as well as representatives from the CEB, CWA, RDA, and the Police Force, were present.


In a statement after the meeting, the Prime Minister, remarked that Government is receptive to proposals made by sociocultural associations and that the authorities will prioritise issues raised and bring in improvement so that these festivals are held effortlessly.


Speaking about the novel Coronavirus, Prime Minister Jugnauth stated that the Covid-19 is an inevitable virus, and, representatives of sociocultural associations have demonstrated their goodwill to collaborate in raising awareness among the population with regards to preventive measures to be adopted to counter its propagation. 


In addition, he observed, these associations have a far reach and have many members, and thus, it is easier for them to communicate to citizens in terms of good habits to espouse as well as pay heed to health-related advice.  The Prime Minister moreover expressed satisfaction that Mauritians are becoming aware of the gravity of the situation with regards to Covid-19.


Shab-E-Barat or Barat Night, is a Muslim holiday celebrated on the 14th night of the month of Sha'aban, the eighth month of the Islamic calendar.  It commemorates the entry of the Prophet Muhammad into the city of Mecca.


Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community.  The fast begins at dawn and ends at sunset.​

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