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
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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