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Mangaluru: Christian Development Board will be boon for community in every way – J R Lobo

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Nov 23: Mangaluru South MLA J R Lobo recently announced the decision taken by the Christian Development Committee for the formation of Christian Development Board, which will work for the all-round development of the Christian community in Karnataka.

Lobo said that Karnataka Christian Development Committee held a meeting with Karnataka state minister K J George in Bengaluru on November 10. In the meeting it was unanimously agreed to establish a board.

He said that the need for a board came up as the Karnataka Christian Development Committee is facing constraints while doing development works and obtaining funds on time for approved projects.

In an exclusive interview with Daijiworld, MLA JR Lobo explains the challenges faced by the Karnataka Christian Development Committee and the reason behind the formation of the Board.

Sir, in a press meet on November 16, you had announced about formation of Christian Development Board. What is objective behind in forming a separate board for Christians?

Christians come under minority department. The department gets grants for minorities in a package. These grants are divided by the department between minorities based on their strength. Christians are very less in number. So their share is very less and it does not fulfill their needs.

Considering this, the previous government had formed the Christian Development Committee (CDC) for the welfare of all the Christians in the state. All this was due to the efforts of Ronald Colaco, the founder of International Federation of Karnataka Christian Association. He succeeded to bring the socio-economic issues faced by Christians to the government’s notice. His dedication led to the government forming the committee.

Why a need of a separate board when Christian Development Committee (CDC) exists?

Before answering your question, will explain you how CDC functions. CDC was a committee formed by the government and Chief Minister was the chairman for that committee. After Yeddyurappa, the next CM Siddaramaiah by default became the chairman. Since CM could not find time, he appointed K J George as chairman and the T John MLC, as Vice chairman .During BJP government though the allocation was Rs 50 crore, the expenditure was around Rs 20 to 22 crores only. Rest of the amount was getting lapsed.

Later for better functioning of the committee, KJ George formed a sub- committee and appointed me as its chairman for scrutinizing the proposals and making amendments.

What was the fund allocation and what were the schemes?

The government provided Rs 75 crore in the year 2013-14, Rs 100 crore in 2014-15, Rs 125 crore in 2015-16 and Rs 175 crore during 2016-17 for the purpose. The funds were utilized completely for repairs and development of churches and prayer centers, development of basic facilities in cemeteries, construction of community halls, towards orphanages, old age homes, rehabilitation homes for the differently-abled and assistance for students for postgraduate and higher education in foreign countries. We ensured that the funds did not lapse. Every year Chief Minister also raised the grants and funds. After T John completed his MLC term, in his place government appointed MLC Ivan D Souza to this committee and made him Vice Chairman in the place of T John.

Then why the demand for a Board came up?

We tried to give maximum benefits to the community through CDC. But we faced many challenges. We are always compelled to depend on the staff of Minority Department. It creates time gaps in implementing the programmes and distributing the funds. Even while getting proposals from district level, lot of unnecessary queries being raised, which were hindrances for the smooth functioning of the schemes.

Who raised the demand for the Board? Was it committee members or other associations?

Demands were there from all quarters of the community. The Archbishop also submitted an appeal to the Chief Minister when he met him in Bengaluru recently and urged the CM to form the Christian Development Board. Philanthropist Ronald Colaco was continuously stressing for a separate Board for Christians whenever he met the CM. When he met the CM recently, he reminded the latter about the same. He also raised the issue in many forums and created awareness for the need of such Board. As there were challenges in implementing projects, checking and verifying the applications, the entire CDC sub-committee also came to a decision to form a new Board for Christian community in Karnataka. We will also move the file to the Chief Minister.

Did you get any assurance from CM?

We are hoping that in the next budget the CM may announce about the Board and it may start functioning from next financial year. Once the Board comes into existence, we will get our own office, infrastructure, staff and related things.

How does the Christian Development Board differ from the current Christian Development Committee?

The current committee has no statutory back up. When as board is a legal entity. It will take decision and also implement them. In committee previously we need to depend on the Minority Department for proposals and also for implementation of the decisions. In Board, we can formulate new schemes and also have revolving funds. Beside this we can expect flexibility in entire process and procedures

If the Board is sanctioned by the government, will there be any extra benefits to the community?

Of course! Board can give special attention to individual economic development. It can also look into development of infrastructure. It can assist individuals to get various facilities from government. It can work in health, education, and other important areas which are very essential for the community.

What about the Board members and Chairman?

The government will appoint chairman and members for the Board. They will be from Christian community. But in my opinion, the Chairman should be the one who has sincere interest in uplifting the Christian community. The members too should have the same mentality.

Majority of Christians in Karnataka live in Dakshina Kannada and neighbouring districts. Any plans to bring Board office to Mangaluru?

No. Board office has to be in Bengaluru only. It will help in co-ordination with other government departments and government.

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  • Anthony Dalmeida, Kulshekar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Nov 24 2017

    This is a right step in the right direction. Mr. JR Lobo's work in Dakshina Kannada is commendable. He is approachable to all, which I speak from my personal experience. I am confident that this step will go a long way towards uplift of the poorest of poor christians.

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  • Ramkrishna Ganiga, Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    “It was very nice of the government to think of providing some help to the places of worship of the christian community and their welfare schemes. This community has been a major contributor in the field of education, healthcare and social sector for over 2 centuries in our country. My fore fathers were deprived from education during Gurukul-Ashram system prevalent at the time, where education had become the sole property of only the upper most caste. It was a god sent opportunity for my grandfather to educate himself in a missionary school that had started during that time. Even myself is the gift of christian school so far my education is concerned.

    Our government has been kind enough to have Muzarai department and Aradhana scheme for our Hindu temples and connected welfare schemes that include hindus, jains, buddhists and others. Similarly the Wakfh board and minority development board (MDB) for the benefit of Muslims. MDB, though has 5 constituents, yet all the privileges and benefits are enjoyed by Muslims. Now with the start of christian development board, it is good that this community has also been taken care of. So all seem to have been treated fairly.”

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  • lukas, malpe

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    good leader less talking ? should have been in state cabinet but unfortunately didn't get chance hope may get next time .

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  • tom cat, mumbai , manglore

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    Intentions are good but end up as a scam as amount gets diverted as long it does not reach the individuals.

    As modi said that only 15 paisa in a rupee reaches final receiver.

    many don't like my true criticism,
    thats the fact.

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  • Lydia Dcunha, Mangaluru

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    Thanks to Namma Palu Namma Hakku /Our Share Our Right Movement. We know the actual happenings in the Minority Department now!!! Everybody feels the need of Christian Development Board Now. Better late than Never.

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    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    Congratulations good work hope it will help the needy

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  • H.Dsouza, Kodagu / Mangaluru

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    Abolish Quota system in our country, even after 70 years of independence we are with begging bowl!! (vote bank politics ?!!) let merit will be the criteria for all the communities.

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  • Alwyn Crasta, Mangaluru/Bengaluru

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    Hope the poorest and most deserving among the community get the much needed boost, to come out of poverty and hardship.

    Hope proper care will be taken to identify and help only the most needy and deserving candidates.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    Hindu, Muslim, Sikh aur Isai hum sab hai bhai bhai ...

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  • PS, Mlore

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    Sab Bhai bhai for votes only after winning election kali comunity wale bhai bhai... baki sab bye bye

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  • Govindraj, mangalore/chennai

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    Thanks daiji for nice report. Keep it up.
    Christian Community today seems to be in the pockets of 4 Or 5 people who decide for us which must stop!. Unless it stops selection of Comitee,Charman/Members all will be very much personalized and will be from one roof! . Christian MLAs must know he was selected for full community and others and must lead a good example being fair to all .

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    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    Mr. Lobo is a people friendly leader first and a politician next. Always he looks at the common man's benefits and necessities irrespective of caste, creed or colour. Of course, beingfrom the minority community himself, he has his responsibility to work for the betterment of the Christians also.
    Mr. Lobo has always given his helping hand and solved so many problems at every place especially in Dakshina Kannada. With the new Board there is no doubt that the Christians can hope for an upliftment in their everyday life. You can be sure that Mr. Lobo is go to any length to complete his responsibilities. Let the country get more noble politicians like Mr. Lobo in all constituencies so that the country rises above one and all.

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  • P Rebello, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    All citizens should be treated equal

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    Dear P Rebello, Mangalore,

    I am a Christian and I am eating both vegetarian and non-vegetarian equally and not partially.

    I hope you are not a Christian and you are eating only vegetarian is it???!!!

    Why not eat equally which is good for health.???!!!

    Is it not partiality to say eat only vegetarian???!!!

    If not eating vegetarian go to Pakistan???!!!


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  • P Rebello, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 25 2017

    Sometimes people do speak new sense.
    If you have problem with my statement you are name sake christian.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    Christian Development Board is a novel idea which will surely boost development of Christians

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    The Christian Development Board is a wonderful and wise decision. Christians are minorities and there is a fund for minorities, however, in the name of minorities almost all the funds are consumed by the other minority communities.





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  • Ivar, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    I do not think majority of forward thinking Christians in Mangalore will support any thing of this caste'/religion based favourism. They would rather support a 'human development board'. I say this with confidence because I have many Christian friends with whom I have grown up

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  • Ivar, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    If educated politicians act in an uneducated way of segregating people, the future looks very bad for India.

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  • rajesh, udupi

    Thu, Nov 23 2017

    no body is asking you to take benefits from the organisation. he is a learned politician and is not segregating people. just go to north side of karnataka or look at other parts, other than udupi mangalore there r more poor people who r Christian, let them benefit from these plans and organisations. as for your over pouring wealth, enjoy it without criticizing others and dont be frog inside the well.

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