MLC Ivan D’Souza highlighted how members were unaware of various welfare schemes and hence failed to benefit from it
“Though the state government was committed to bring the Christian community into the mainstream of the society through various schemes, lack of awareness about the same was depriving many from accessing benefits of various welfare schemes,” said MLC Ivan D’Souza.
Speaking at an awareness programme about various schemes introduced for the betterment of Christian community through Christian Development Programme, jointly organised by the Directorate of Minorities and Information Centre for Minorities, Mysuru, at the St Philomena’s High School on Tuesday, D’Souza stressed the need to create awareness about the schemes among Christian community across the state.
“The state government had increased the funding for the Christian Development Programme from Rs 100 crore to Rs 125 crore in the recently- announced budget. But, unfortunately, not many are aware of the benefits they can avail from the scheme,” he said, adding that he was visiting various districts to create awareness and this programme was part of his awareness-drive.
The government, he said, was providing Rs 20 lakh per year for students willing to study abroad, but, sadly, no one had come forward to benefit from the opportunity in Mysuru. Besides, he added, students from rural areas wanting to pursue degrees in urban area were provided with Rs 15,000 but the takers were very less, mostly because they don’t know about the schemes.
He further said that he had requested Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to give the Christian Development Programme the status of a board considering the fact that it was involved in various development programmes and social services for people from all the religions.
Bishop of Mysuru, Dr Thomas Anthony Vazhapilly, Christian Minority member Bhaskar Chandran and District Officer, Department of Minority Welfare, Mysuru, A Puttaraju were present.
The MLC noted that he would be touring various districts in the state to create awareness about various schemes of the state government aimed at benefitting members of the minority communities.
Bishop of Mysuru, Dr Thomas Anthony Vazhapilly, Christian Minority member Bhaskar Chandran, District Officer, Department of Minority Welfare, Mysuru, A Puttaraju, District Manager, Christian Development Programme, Mysuru Madhu Rao Pradhan, District president, Congress Seva Dal, Mysuru Prakash, Rev Dr N S Marie Joseph, Rev Fr N T Joseph, Parish Priest, St Philomena’s Cathedral, Mysuru and other dignitaries were present.