CDC Decides to form Karnataka State Christian Development Board – MLA J R Lobo
Mangaluru: “The Christian Development Committee has decided to form the State Christian Development Board for the total development of the Christian Community in the state. In this connection, a delegation met the President of the Christian Development Committee and state minister K J George on November 10 and a meeting was convened. In the meeting it was unanimously decided to form the Karnataka State Christian Development Board”, stated the MLA of Mangaluru South Constituency and Vidhana Mandala Backward Class and Minorities’ Committee president J R Lobo in a press release here on November 16.
For the development of the Christian community from all the constituencies in the state, the state government had formed a committee and in the year 2013-14 Rs 75 crore had been sanctioned, in the year 2014-15 Rs 100 crore, in 2015-16 Rs 120 crore and in 16-17 the funds sanctioned were Rs 175 crore. The sanctioned funds have been utilized hundred percent for the development of the Christian Community in the state, such as development of the Churches, renovation of prayer halls, Basic facilities for the Cemeteries, to construct community halls, Old age homes, Orphanages, Financial support for the Ashrams taking care of the physically challenged and scholarship for higher studies abroad.
The committee has also decided to provide financial support for the health centers, and provide basic facilities to run clinics. At present the committee has its own limitations to select and sanction funds which creates problems to undertake development work. Hence the committee has decided to form the Board and the decision will be conveyed to the Chief Minister.
Recently when the Chief Minister had met the Arch Bishop of Bengaluru Dr Bernard Moras, the Arch Bishop had requested the Chief Minister of forming the Christian Development Board, said Lobo.