Karnataka Bishops Meet Chief Minister Siddaramiah , submit a memorandum


BM Bureaum Sept 15 : Bishops of Karnataka under the leadership of Archbishop Peter Machado on Thursday met Karnataka CM Siddaramiah and submitted a memorandum presenting various demands 

Congratulating the Chief Minister for assuming the office and completing 100 days in office the bishops thanked him for creating a conducive environment in Karnataka as people can live comfortably, especially the minorities and the backward classes.

“ The five guarantees that you have implemented have brought happiness to the poor and downtrodden who were already economically distressed and have become a boon for them to lead a dignified life. Greetings to you on behalf of our community. In this context, I would like to appeal to you regarding some of the needs of the Catholic Christian community.

1. On behalf of the entire Christian community of Karnataka, we thank you for announcing that the Christian Development Committee will be upgraded to the Christian Development Board in the last budget keeping in mind the interest of the Christian community and giving it a grant of one hundred crore rupees. On behalf of the community, we request that necessary steps be taken soon to implement the already announced Christian Development Board.

2. There is no proper representation of the Christian community politically in Karnataka. Likewise, there are no representatives of the Christian community in government appointments, corporate boards and various committees. We request you to provide representation to our community by giving opportunity to candidates from our community in the upcoming appointments of corporate boards, committees and various officials in order to redress social justice.

3. Education service is one of the important services of Christianity and we are running more than 1000 schools and colleges across the state of Karnataka we request that the educators of our community be given an opportunity in the proposed State Education Policy Committee.

4. Government officials (tahsildars) refuse to issue category-1 certificates to Dalit Christians in various parts of the state including North Karnataka. Therefore, we request you to order the concerned authorities to issue category-1 certificates to Dalit castes.

5. Percentage of Christian minority schools to get minority recognition from Govt. 25% and % in colleges. There is a government order that there should be 50% Christian students. In this background, since 2008, vacancies are not being filled. Minority institutions have been providing education to all since their inception, considering it their service to provide education to the entire society. So the government will remove this ceiling rule.

6. Since there is a practice of burying the dead in Christianity, the small cemeteries of the Christian community all over Karnataka are already full. After Corona, the situation has become more complicated and there is a crisis situation. We request you to direct the concerned department to allocate land from the government for the purpose of cremation for Christians in each district.

7. Even though we have all kinds of legal documents related to land, property and assets, we are facing problems related to this from many people. We request you to help us by issuing orders to the concerned authorities to resolve these issues.

Lastly, you are always there to support our community. Respond to our needs. Thanking you again on behalf of the entire Christian community of Karnataka, we hope and pray that your government continues successfully with all your philanthropic projects. I request that the request made by us through the above letter be granted.

The memorandum in Kannada is signed by Archbishop Dr Peter Machado who is also President-Karnataka Regional Council of Catholic Bishops



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