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Karnataka Christians to hold convention to seek reservation

The convention titled ‘Namma Paalu – Namma Hakku’ (our share, our claim) is planned for Dec.17 in Mysore.


Christians in Karnataka are planning a convention seeking ways to demand their share of reserved jobs and seats in educational institutions with leaders accusing the state Minorities Welfare Department of ignoring Christians.

The convention titled ‘Namma Paalu – Namma Hakku’ (our share, our claim) is planned for Dec.17 in Mysore, Karnataka Christian Social Welfare Association said at press conference Nov. 15.

Association president Harry D’Souza said state Minorities Welfare Department has been ignoring Christians because of their low numbers.

D’Souza claimed that Karnataka has some 42,00,000 Christians in the state, although official census of 2011 counts only some 10,00,000 Christians Karnataka.

The leaders demand the state set up a Christian Development Authority and allot Rs. 850 crore for development of Christians out of the Rs. 2,750 crore allotted in the state budget for the welfare of religious minorities.

They also want Christians be included in the list of Other Backward Caste (OBC) to help them avail social benefits and government conduct a study on the status of Christians.

Another state-level Christian convention will be organized in the third week of November in Bengaluru to demand inclusion of Christians in OBC list and provide reservation. He maintained that Christians were getting a raw deal in jobs.

The Dec.17 Mysore convention will chalk-out future course of action on the resolutions passed at the Bengaluru convention, D’Souza said.

Source: Star of Mysore

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