Mangaluru: MLC Ivan D’Souza held a press meet at his office in the MCC premises here, on April 4.
Addressing the media persons, Ivan said, “In the recent budget session of the parliament I have raised many questions and the highlight of my question was about minorities. The government had allotted Rs 936 crores towards the development of the minority class in the state and this year we are successful in securing Rs 1396 crore towards the minorities.”
He further said that of the 1396 crore rupees, Rs 125 crore has been reserved for the Christian community. “However, we have observed that the entire amount was not utilized in the previous year. So I have put forward a proposal to form a Corporation for Catholic Minorities (CCM), which would ensure that the funds allotted for Christians are utilized for their development,” he said.
The CCM would provide up to Rs 1 crore for a community hall, heritage churches would get funds to preserve the heritage structure, direct transfer of fees to colleges on the day of selection of a catholic student through CET, Rs 15,000-25,000 as scholarship per student. “The CCM will have its offices in every Taluk so that it is accessible to people,” he added.
The Minority Council was introduced by the then CM, Yeddyurappa in 2011 and had allotted Rs 25 crore towards the Christian community in the first year. 60% of the funds were diverted to Christian Minority Council which then allotted it to build community halls and church structures. The remaining 40% funds were diverted to Christian Minority Development Council to be used for scholarships and self-employment.
“A committee will survey Dakshina Kannada and Udupi on 17 April, Kodagu and Chikkamagaluru on 18 April and Mysuru and Chamrajanagar on 19 April to analyze the current situation and give information to the minorities pertaining to the funding from the government,” he added.
MUDA Chairman, Ibrahim Kodijal, Mayor Harinath, former mayors Ashraf and Shasidhar Hegde and others were also present.