Ivan D’Souza Inaugurates Information Centre of Govt. Schemes for Christian Community at Udupi
Udupi: “The Karnataka State Government is committed to work for the betterment of all the minority communities in the state, including Christians, who constitute four percent of the state’s population. The state government has rolled out many welfare schemes for the Christian community; a lack of awareness has resulted in a very small number of Christians knowing about these schemes”, said MLC and Parliamentary Secretary Ivan D’Souza after the inauguration ceremony of the Information Centre at YMCA Building at Kinnimulky in Udupi here, on June 10.
“After becoming the MLC from the Christian community, I have visited all 27 districts of the state to create awareness in the community on schemes provided by the government. The state government has introduced various educational schemes for minority students, but they are not aware of it. Under Arivu scheme, religious minority students who want to pursue professional courses like Medical, Engineering, Dental, Master Degree Courses, Diploma Courses, Nursing, B.Ed, BBM, BCA, D.Ed, D-pharma, Pharma-D and ITI, are provided financial assistance up to Rs 50,000/- per year till completion of the course.”
“The government was providing Rs 20 lakh per year for students willing to study abroad. Earlier, only 25 students from the state applied for this scheme; but in the last 4 years, more than 700 students have benefitted from these schemes.”
“The state government had increased the funding for the Christian Development Programme from Rs 200 crore and people should avail the benefits of this fund. The Government has reserved funds for constructing hostels in the financial budget for Christians working in urban areas,” he said.
Ivan further said, “For students aspiring for IAS/KAS, selected individuals will be sent to New Delhi and Hyderabad for coaching, by spending Rs 2.5 lakh per head. Besides, they will be provided with Rs 10,000 as stipend. Our programmes did not reach the beneficiaries due to a lack of human resources and awareness. The information centre may help the Christian community to avail the benefits of various schemes.”
Rtd. Principal Dr. Gerald Pinto, along with MLC Ivan D’Souza, inaugurated the information centre by cutting the ribbon.
Catholic Sabha Udupi Pradesh President Alwyn Quadros, Taluk Panchayat member Michael Ramesh D’Souza, Christha Sangatane (Udupi leader), Ronald Karkada, Charles Ambler, Shirva GP members Sunil Cabral, Melwyn D’Souza, Youth leader Steevan Culaco, ICYM Udupi Diocese President Dion D’Souza and others were present.