Karnataka Christians welcome state’s Development Corporation7:09 PM, February 11, 2019
India(Karnataka):It would help the welfare of the community that constitutes around 15 percent of the state’s population, they said.
Karnataka state has established a Christian Development Corporation (KMDC) for the comprehensive development of the Christian Community with an annual budget of 200 crore.
Christian Community Coalition in Karnataka has welcomed it as a “landmark” move by Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy.
It would help the welfare of the community that constitutes around 15 percent of the state’s population, they said.
The coalition wanted to increase the annual income ceiling of 22,000 to avail the educational, self-employment, and development schemes offered by KMDC and other government social welfare bodies.
The Christian coalition also requested that the Chief Minister to appoint “an honest bureaucrat” as the director of the Corporation and have due consultation with all section of society before selecting the other officials on the board.
The Christian community has several retired civil servants, lawyers, doctors, educationists and other professionals who would be glad to contribute to the proper functioning of the board by sharing their experience, they said.
The schemes of the Corporation should reach out “to the last person in the community so that it makes a difference in their lives and makes them self reliant,” they said.
The coalition demanded that government policies address the injustice done to Christians in the past and provide equal opportunity for Christians with pro-rata reservations under the minority quota.
They also want Christians be considered for the post of Chairman in Minority boards and corporations like the KMDC, Minority Commission on a rotation basis.
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