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Saturday, July 13, 2013 9:08:06 AM (IST)  

Siddu budget : Rs 100 crore for Christian development

Siddu budget : Rs 100 crore for Christian development

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (VM)

Mangalore, Jul 13: There were several requests from Christian community organisations and leaders to CM Siddaramaiah to increase the funds for the State Christian Development Board, and to make use of the funds for the development of Christian community across the state.

It may be recalled that former CM B S Yeddyurappa during his regime for the first time in the state instituted the CDB by granting Rs 50 crore on the request of IFKCA (International Federation for Karnataka Christian Association) which is led by NRE entrepenuer Ronald Colaco.

Later, a request had been made with CMs Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar to increase the grant and make effective use of the full amount every year.

Current CM Siddaramaiah, who presented his budget on Friday July 12 announced that the grant for CDB has been increased to Rs 100 crore.

Abhayachandra Jain, minister for fisheries and youth affairs, told daijiworld it is a welcome move by the CM. "I met the CM last week along with Ronald Colaco, who is the chairman of IFKCA. Colaco was able to convince the CM about increasing the grant. Though he made specific request of increasing the current grant to Rs 250 crore, the CM informed me that due to recent 'Anna Bhagya' programme, he could not grant Rs 250 crore. But in future such allocation can be made," he said

"I think Karnataka government has maintained a balance among major religions by giving importance to each one. Hindu temples, priests and community are protected by boards and programmes likes Aradhana and muzrai. Muslims are given priority in WAKF board and now Christian Development programmes through CDB."

When asked if there was any plan to appoint chairman for the CDB, he said that once the budget session is over, such a plan may be put into action.

Jain also said that the chairman for Konkani Sahitya Akademy will also be apppointed after the budget session. "There is request and demand from the Konkani writers that only a Konkani literary person should be appointed as president. The selection of president will done after careful discussion with all people concerned."

Jain informed Daijiworld that that state government has granted Rs 3.5 crore for World Konkani Centre.

Health minister U T Khadar said that the Christian community deserves an active Christian Development Board considering their invaluable contribution to the state. "Our government is committed to protect each and every community and religion," he said.

Mangalore South MLA J R Lobo welcomed the state budget presented by chief minister Siddaramaiah and said that the move to allocate Rs 100 crore for the development of the Christian community was a good gesture.

Speaking to daijiworld, Lobo said that he had raised the issue of budget allocation to the Christian community in the last Assembly session. "During the Assembly session, I had requested the government to increase the allocation for the Christian community, and I am thankful to the chief minister for doing so," he said.

"During the previous government's regime, Yeddyurappa had announced a sum of Rs 50 crore for the Christian community, but the entire amount has not reached the community so far," he added.

"The Federation of Konkani Catholic Associations (FKCA) led by entrepreneur Ronald Colaco had urged the chief minister to increase the amount. Keeping their requests in mind, the CM has alloted Rs 100 crore to the community," he said.

Asked how the amount is to be used, Lobo said, "As a first step, one more representative should meet the CM and have a board established, so that the funds are utilized in the right way and to ensure that there is no misuse. We can then follow up, discuss and decide on which aspects the money should be spent."

Commenting on the budget overall he said, "On the whole, the budget is good. It is balanced. There is focus on increasing revenue as well as on clearing old debts. The budget also ensures that development works progress well. The important thing is to follow up and see that everything is implemented properly."

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Comments on this article
Joseph, Hospet
Thursday, August 08, 2013

Where I should get funds for church construction. Which dept i should apply

Friday, July 26, 2013

something great has happend in this cong govt we christians are contributing so much to the country and the state. hope our backward christians are going to be benifited first time in the history but we as christians will do more back to the state and cong govt GOD bless our chief minister for taking this step WE PRAY GOD FOR THE GOVT TO FORM A BOARD FOR CHRISTIANS C.B.D

Tara Poojary, Mangalore
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The World Konkani Centre run by the GSB community is not an NGO. Their community consists of multi millionaires. Why Rs 3.50 Cr's for them ? What good have they done to society ?

Standly , Bangarpet
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

We appriciate and Thank our Honorable CM of Karanataka for granting funds to CDB. May God Bless your generosity and speciall thanks to Ronald Colaco Sir ,, who took insitative to get this happen..Please do use this money for the cause..

shaanu, Mangalore
Monday, July 15, 2013

I guess World Konkani Centre is not Mannd Sobhann.... This is another Konkani centre which is also located at Shakthinagar which is granting a good amount of scholarship to the poor eligible konkani students to pursue professional courses like engg n MBBS....

Avinash, Kasaragod/Bangalore
Sunday, July 14, 2013

Where are those secularists hiding now ??

When the BJP Govt. released crores to Mutts (that also from the huge money they receive from temples) every so called secularist made a huge cry.

Now this congi govt released 100 crores to one community those guys are welcoming that.

Ee 100 crores yaara appana mane gantu ???

Denis Pinto, Mangalore
Sunday, July 14, 2013

Rs 3.5 Cr for Mandd Sobhann : Did R.V.Deshpande bowl a googly ?

Ramchandra Kini, Mangalore
Sunday, July 14, 2013

I thought the Govt. allotted Rs 3.50 Cr to Mandd Sobhann in the budget.No word of it now. Why ?

Fr. mario cmf, , St. Judes church, Karahalli, Devanahalli
Saturday, July 13, 2013

We appriciate and Thank Mr. Siddu, our CM for granting this funds. May God Blrss your generosity. Thank you Mr. Colaso.

Francis, Mangalore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Hope this money will be utilized only for poor christians who are in need of financial help.

Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

When the NDA was in power ,the mutts used to get heavy amount budget allocation and this time thanks to Congress for their generosity towards Christians.Thanq.

Manohar Dsouza, Mangalore/Bahrain
Saturday, July 13, 2013

NM, Mangalore – well said! Would be nice to know what happened to the Rs.50 Crores granted last year by Mr. B.S Yeddyurappa.

Austin Prabhu, Nantur/Chicago
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Let us make good use of this money to further develop our youth by utilizing every paisa of Rs.100 crore in education and leadership and 3.5 crore for Konkani culture through Maand Sobhann. God bless those who worked behind this successful mission.

prakash, mangalore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Kumaraswamy is most dynamic and progressive leader.He is still one of the most popular Ex youth CMS.Yeddy is not worst cm at all.He had good ideas but was not allowed to work by Kumaraswamy. Siddu does not have progressive ideas., ideas are based and designed on short term gains. We in fact saw worst CMS within congress in past.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

:-] goood news

Maxim Mathias, Shirva, Dubai
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Good news for good people.

Shetty, Mangalore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Stan...first Modi never claimed all these..its all p-secular hype..Tax payer..Wow..All temples come under Endowment act & the revenue goes to govt..Ram Mandir..VHP is building it & no assistance from govt is required..Hope your doubts are clarified...Dawn on the reality & don't get fooled by the V-B politics of the grand old party..Good Luck...

Gabriel Francis ( Gabbu), Mangalore
Saturday, July 13, 2013


I agree it is too early to brand Siddu as BEST CM ever of Karnataka. But He has already presented 7 budgets in the capacity of Deputy CM and Finance minister in the past. He is CM for past two months, I agree, but in two months he delivered most of his promises. Some are already in implementation stage, some wil implement from Aug 1. It is important to note that how successful a scheme will be depends on how efficient bureaucrats are. Most of the higher bureaucrats have become lazy n rusted during past 5 years. They need to be energized n given tonic if necessary to see to it that benefits of budget reach the last person. Just 2 months into CM chair Siddu did so much good for people of Karanataka, there are still many months n years for Siddu to do more good. He will be breaking all records like Vivian Richards n Don Bradman n Shane Warne n Wasim Akram.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Gabbuji, I truely wish he becomes the best. But too much praise?? If it goes to his HEAD then he will be another tyrant. Already there are rumors in Congress circles that he is not consulting anybody before making important decisions.
Let him complete his term first (I don't want to doubt) before nominating him as the best.
You gave example of cricket - you know what happened to some of the promising players who got ped before their carrier began?
Gabbuji - You could not find one single Indian to give examples of breaking records?

Shiva, Udupi / Qatar
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Siddu is saluting Sonia for giving him CM's Chair, Nothing special. Giving some grants to community is not wrong but neglecting other community shows vote bank politics.

Gabriel Francis ( Gabbu), Mangalore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

There are many stalwards like Palemar, Yogish Bhat,DVS, Nagaraj Shetty etc. from BJP who enjoyed power in previous BJP government but none of them tried to do something to preserve tulunadu culture. They were busy with communal politics n attacks n porn viewing n partying. Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Sri Heggadeji despite being a Jain did invaluable contribution to live and preserve tulunaadu culture. Even nonhindu background person like Lobo Mama could do wonderful work at pilikula to preserve tulunaadu culture - like heritage village, kambala, guttu maney, preservation of ancient/traditional art forms etc. We are getting fooled by BJP/RSS stalwards in Mangalore but in reality they did nothing to preserve true tulu-culture.

Vincent Praveen Castelino, Pernal / Mumbai
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Good News..he has kept his word and started delivering and practicing what he and his party has professed during the election campaigning.

I am sure our C.M Mr.Siddaramaiah is honest and well educated enough to take care of all the problems.

Be it "Economical or "Administrative Reforms", he will.. and he can... deal all the past issues marred by the "Growth" and "Trust Deficit" created by the past regime!!!. He will lead the "State" taking in to confidence of "All Communities Together".

Siddu... bring back soon all the Lost Glory of "Karnataka" without indulging in to "Wrong Practices" and have a thorough control of all your Cabinet Ministers.

Shetty, Mangalore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Vote bank politics....paisa karidho...paisa becho...

stan, dubai
Saturday, July 13, 2013

I agree with you. May be this is for Votes but I don’t understand Modi is claiming he brought back 15,000 Gujaraties from Uttarkand disaster why other Hindus are not in trouble there. Modi is claiming that Gujarat government will build the temple which was destroyed in rain and flood. BJP is telling that if they are elected they will construct Ram Mandir , These are all from Tax payers money . Why people are not objecting these comments are for Votes.

R.Bhandarkar, M'lore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Atha Rs 3.5 crore 'Mandd Sobhann'aak Melthaa Mu?Congrats!
Anee Theyn Udche'Indya Mayayaa-Maando Putlo Yaa'Puro!
Layaak Innovative, Creative Programmes Dovrije....
'Uddun Poorai Pindhche Naaka-'Please!

Gabriel Francis ( Gabbu), Mangalore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Mr.Siddaramaiah is the BEST CM Karanataka blessed to have in history of Karnataka.

Best CMs so far in order are
1. Siddaramaiah
2. Devaraj Urs
3. Nijalingappa
4. Kumaraswamy

In future, Dinesh gundurao might replace Siddu in Best CM category.

Worst CMs in order are
1. Yeddy
2. Bangarappa
3. Deve Gowda
4. DVS
5. Jagadish Shetter

Deve Gowda made Rental house business a big mess and gave total freedom to house owners to exploit tenants.

In future, Sons of prominent ministers of Previous BJP government might beat Yeddy. Nalin Kumar Kateel also have potential to bag Worst CM in future - provided congress looses power by evil designs of BJP/JDS.

sathurine Fernades, Udupi
Saturday, July 13, 2013

I contradict the comments by Gabriel Francis ( Gabbu),Mangalore-
The worst CM Kumaraswamy. Sadananda Gowda Must be listed in One of the Best.
Best CMs so far in order are
1. Siddaramaiah
2. Devaraj Urs
3. Nijalingappa
4. Ramakrishna Hegde
5.Jagadish Shetter
6.Sadnanada Gowda
Worst CMs in order are
1. Yeddy
2. Bangarappa
3. Deve Gowda
One Must Judge What the CM's Have Given to the state But not to the community.

Gabriel Francis ( Gabbu), Mangalore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Dear sathurine Fernades, Udupi,

Kumaraswamy is in BESt CM list bcz he banned lottery and arrack/sarai in Karnataka n saved many families. Many women n childern saved by this one single move by Kumaraswamy. It was a landmark policy decision which gave Kumaraswamy lot of praise n fame n also votes.

Why DVS comes in worst CM list is, despite in powerful positions like MP of MAngalore n Udupi, CM of Karnataka, DVS did nothing for Coastal Karantaka ( forget other regions of Karnataka). Also just granting money is not the only criteria for being a good CM. DVS was the mastermind along with Kalladka Bhat to disturb communal harmony in karnataka. People n stability of society also is important.

Ramchandra Kini, Puttur
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Mr.Gabbu, Kumaraswamy & Revanna distributed free liquor and money in their constituencies during the last Assembly election. Was that OK by you ?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Best CM in TWO MONTHS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????
Isn't it too early to pick the fruit (before it ripens)?
It is an insult to our past CM's (not all). Either you have not seen them functioning or too much of 'hero worship'
Don't praise him too much in advance (even if he deserves). Sill a looooooong way to go.

Jacob Mendonsa, Bangalore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Dear Gabbu,
Can U please brief us as to how much percentage of money he has spent from the funds he has claimed so far as his entitlement of Constituency allowance every year as an MP.

vassu, kudla
Saturday, July 13, 2013

This govt is an extension of the central govt. So this act of appeasing only certain communities even while presenting the budget is quite obvious. If they can do things ively for some,they should not question others who say or do things for the hindus. Why this double standard? Hindus in this country are the most marginalised and isolated people. Why cant siddhu do things for the people of karnataka as a whole and not ively for only few communities?

Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Those who blamed BJP for Mutt and Temple Donation that also from Muzrai Account now lick their tongue in the name of “Donation”. Now no one will talks about Tax Payers Money.

stan, dubai
Saturday, July 13, 2013

I agree with you, Normally tax is collected even olden days(Kings or rulers) for the benefit of people. But it started recently the tax payers money is going to particular people or religion. It is not correct, The SC must ask the ruling party to give accounts of spending Tax payers money. Some are giving to their constituency for Kambala, or some government is giving Mut or Church or Mosque. This should be stopped and must not cry when it was given to other institution( when given to Mut, what you were doing?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

SHASHI Sir, Please....spare me

Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Dear Stan, pls note that it was all well before endowment Policy was adopted particularly in Karnataka. Under Endowment Policy, all Temples (Only Temples and Mutt but not Mosques and Churches) comes under Endowment Policy should maintain their Books of Accounts for Government appointed Auditors to verify the Income and Expenditure. Surplus funds can be utilized for religious related purposes of that Temple or Mutt only and if there is further surplus funds available then it can be donated to other Hindu Temples or Mutt only. But no way Tax Payers money being utilized for religious donations. Ever since Central Government started Hajj Donations, all other religious people started demanding funds for their religious development too. We have no problem to donate mere 50 or 100 crores to any religion but same Government has guts to apply Endowment Policy to these religions too?

P.Ravindra Shetty, Padubidri
Monday, July 15, 2013

The Christians are very honourable,hospitable,generous, God fearing, Charming, educated and trustworthy people and pay all their taxes promptly. So if the govt. has decided to return a bit to them ( out of gratitude ) there should be no hue and cry. There should be no jealousy.

prakash, Mangalore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Allocation is one thing and award is another thing.Daiji pls publish when the funds are released !!. By the way is mand Soban is private organisation or comes under mangalore dioces? Just a clarification.

Bryan, Bahrain
Saturday, July 13, 2013

@Fr Felix Monteiro,Badyar.Mangalore, I think you are completely wrong even today we don't pay serious attention to the issue of poverty, because the powerful remain somewhat untouched. Most people distance themselves from the issue by saying that if the poor worked harder, they wouldn't be poor. Nobody is concerned with the very poor. These politicians are only working for their own purse/Wallet. So please don’t applaud let’s wait and watch.

geoffrey, hat hill
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Smart move, the 100 crores will easily be recovered by the increased taxation on booze.

Saturday, July 13, 2013


Lydia D'cunha, Mangalore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Kindly request all leaders to create awareness to make use of the funds granted for christians. Christians are ignorant to make use of the government funds. Sad that Out of the grant by former cm 20 crores have been not utilised by christians and hence returned back to the government. There is a need to institute a foundation to disburse and facilitate the grant to utilized by the needy Christians.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Christians are renown for giving donations, contributions, receiving donations, grants etc. But the weak point is where the money goes ??? Even the money collected from needy people. Then we have to understand who are those needy people ?

Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Congi chelas have issues when BJP donated some amount to matts. BJP also donated 50 crores to Christain development in the budget.

stan, dubai
Saturday, July 13, 2013

I know Dinesh you are from BJP(Bharatiya Jealous People), for your information Congress not allotted 100 cores to Churches but it is Christian devt. (Education etc) but BJP directly allotted funds to muts for what?. When They allotted the funds just see what was your comments?

Rajesh Shetty, mlore-Shj
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Dear Stan
At the same time Govt gets crores of revenue from temples and mutts coming Under Mujrai. So there is nothgin wrong in giving it back for a cause. But who "APPANA MANE GANTU" is this 100 crore now ?

stan, dubai
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Rajesh I agree with you. Just see how many educational/Hospitals are built on Christian Institution Name without taking any support from Government? Just Go to any Christian School/College/Hospital and find out how many people are getting good education/Job/ medical services (count the beneficiaries who are getting this service only Christians or majority are Hindus)

amar alva, kallamundkur
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Rajesh shetty,

no one has talked against giving the money to development of community
but the voice was against giving the money to the preistly classes

who's children are flourishing in India forcing people like you to work in gulf

Fr Felix Monteiro, BADYAR, Mangalore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Dear Mr Ronald Colaco-our community leader, Mangalore MLA-Mr Lobo, Moodbidri-Mulki MLA-Mr Abhaya Chandra Jain.thanks to you all for convincing our visionary C.M.Mr Sidharamaiah to allocate 100 Crores for the development of Christian community.God bless you all for your concern towards Christian community. IT IS A WONDERFUL BUDGET TAKING CARE THE NEEDS OF POOR, FARMERS, BACKWARD COMMUNITIES AND MINORITIES AND PRACTICAL ONE. CONGRATS TO OUR CHIEF MINISTER.

N.M, Mangalore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

With due respect to all Christians in this forum.I strongly suggest that there should be CLEAR TRANSPARENCY in the way money is utilized and spent for the benefit of Christians.

Its advisable that C.D.B publishes a quarterly report which shows how money was utilized on various developmental programs.

This must be done in order to ensure that money is not siphoned off by some big Bosses of the community.

After all this money comes from the state exchequer and we the public pay this money from our pockets in the form of taxes.

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