Mangaluru: Christians hold ‘Our Share, Our Right' meet, discuss strategy


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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SB)

Mangaluru, Nov 6: Catholic Sabha, Mangaluru Pradesh and Karnataka Christian Social Welfare Association organised a Mangaluru division level declare meet on 'Our Share, Our Right'.

Inaugurating the meet Fr. Mathew Vaz, spiritual director of Catholic Sabha, Mangaluru Pradesh, said "Our constitution always ensures a life of equality. It will not allow any discrimination because of caste, creed and community. So our state and central governments make various policies to up lift the people who are not able to come into mainstream," 

 

"In Karnataka we Christians are among minorities and hence eligible for various developmental funds allotted by the government. But due to lack awareness we are unable to claim these funds. 'Our share, our right' is a good initiative by our community leaders which helps shape a better future. It will not only inform us about our rights but will also encourage us to fight for our rights,” he added. 

“The initiative ‘Our share, our rights’ greatly helps the community. It helps us avail the benefits our constitution has reserved for us. We should claim what has been reserved for us,” said Milagres Church parish priest Fr Valerian D’Souza.

Karnataka Christians Social Welfare Association president Harry D’Souza imparted information on 'Our Share, Our Right'. “Government has specially started a minority welfare department under Department of the Social Welfare in 2004 keeping in view the large number of minorities in the state. Its purpose is to try to bring them into the main stream by providing a special budget for them. But the Christian minorities face hurdles and injustice at every step,” he said.

“Even when the minorities received a budget of Rs 2,750 crore in 2017, Christians are in no way benefited. Christians have not received any information regarding this grant. If this continues, the community will be greatly affected. Hence there is a need to start Karnataka Christians Development Nigam. Government should allocate Rs 850 crore separately for the development of Christians. Government should appoint a commission to study the status and population of Christians in Karnataka and include them under OBC or other reservation group,” he added.

Fr Philip Nellivila, chancellor, diocese of Puttur presided over the programme.

Fr Valerian Fernandes, Editor Raknno, Fr Oswald Monteiro, Director CODP, Sr. Edna Furtado, Mr Prashanth Jathanna, Director BIG TV, Edward D’Souza, Chairman FKCA, Bengaluru, Rashmi D'Souza, State General Secretary of Minority Morcha, BJP, Sushil Noronha, JDS leader, Robin Mathew, State President of Samajwadi Party, Gerald Towers, Leader AAP, Sr Michelle from Bethany Sahodaya, Joylus D’Souza, Anil Lobo, President Catholic Sabha Mangaluru Pradesh were present on the stage.

  

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  • Kiran D Souza, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 6 2017

    I whole heartedly support their initiative, but we can't address the problem until & unless there is a separate board or Nigam for different minorities.
    At present all the share of Minorities only goes to Muslims, no takers for Christian, Jains,Parsies at KMDC centers.
    In Mangalore, state government purposefully shifted the KMDC office from urva Store to Pandeshwar only to benefit Muslims.
    I request the Christian leaders to raise this issue & work for the welfare of Christians.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 6 2017

    Let us have the freedom of eating whatever we want ...

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  • MN, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 6 2017

    Why cant we talk only about Have and Have-not's ?

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 6 2017

    Hindus are minorities in Kashmir...perhaps they should get benefit there also.

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  • Lena, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 6 2017

    Dear Sirs,

    An excellent initiative, better late than never. A step towards awareness as many of us are not even aware of our rights and what as citizens and members of the minority community are eligible for.

    I hope that we try and get people to volunteer to bring this awareness to all through church and other such associations.

    Once again great initiative.

    All the very best.
    Lena

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Mon, Nov 6 2017

    This is a genuine demand. Always it is the Shark which swallows the smaller ones. So time to demand for a seperate board for the survival of less voiced people.

    We wish you good luck to " NAMMA HAKKU NAMMA PALU"

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 6 2017

    Put all the ligitimate poor people in one basket whichever Religion or caste they may be. At least do not allow creamy layers within targeted groups to corner all the benefits.

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  • Peter Lewis, Kalmady/Udupi

    Mon, Nov 6 2017

    Allotment should be on religionwise of minorities, hope government will take decision soon on this matter.

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  • Ivar, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 6 2017

    Everyone is becoming religiously fanatic. Its 'me and my religion' nowadays.
    let every community make 'my share and my right' as their motto, get into their own cocoons and maintain farthest distance between each other.
    Still, I will say, 'everyone's share, everyone's right'.

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