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Workshop on Constitutional Rights and Development Schemes for Christian Religious Minorities Back

Human Rights and Training Unit in collaboration with Ananya Trust organized a one day workshop on Constitutional Rights and Development Schemes for Christian Religious Minorities. There were about 180 participants, consisting of mostly the Christian leaders from different denominations and activists, including a few priests and nuns. The workshop was held on 23rd of August, 2018 at Indian Social Institute, Bengaluru.

Dr. Alwyn Prakash D'Souza, SJ, Head of Human Rights and Training Unit, Indian Social Institute, Bengaluru welcomed the gathering and gave the keynote address. He spoke on the purpose and objectives of the workshop and invited the participants to raise questions and take active role in the workshop.

Dr. Ivan D’Souza, MLC & Former Chief whip, Karnataka Legislative Council, in his inaugural speech spoke on the importance of Christians coming together as one unit and fighting for their rights. He enlightened the participants about the various government schemes that are available in different sectors and asked the participants to avail them. He also assured his complete support to all those who approached him for any help.

Mr. Y Mariswamy, President, Karnataka State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) and Director of Ananya Education & Empowerment Trust, gave the presidential address. He focussed on the contributions of Christian religious minorities and spoke on the importance of this workshop.

Ms Neena, District officer, Backward Classes Welfare Department and Minorities Welfare Department with her team displayed the power point presentation about the Minority Scholarships and other benefits such as Pre-Matric Scholarships, Post-Matric Scholarships, Merit cum Means (Top Class) Scholarship for professional and technical Courses, Fee Reimbursement Scheme, Study kits for technical/medical Students, National Overseas Scholarship, Incentive for SSLC and PUC Toppers, Stipend to ITI Diploma Students of Minorities, Free Residential Education, Pre-Metric and Post Metric Hostels, GNM/BSC Nursing Training etc,. This was followed by the open discussion moderated by Rev Fr Arockiaswamy, Secretary, Minority Commission, Archdiocese of Bengaluru. The interaction was lively with many participants raising questions getting their doubts clarified by the team from Minority Department.

In the post lunch session, Mr. Chandrasekhar District Officer, Karnataka Minorities Development Corporation, made a presentation on the government development schemes for the Christian religious minorities like micro loan for SHGs, Education loan under Arivu sheme, automobile service station loan, shrama shakthi, funds for repair and renovation of churches etc. He also clarified a few questions raised by the participants.

Prof Babu Mathew, Prof, National Law School of India University, Bangalore spoke on the topic ‘Constitutional Rights and Privileges for Christian Religious Minorities’. He spoke on the need to protect the rights of minorities and the need to come together to save the constitution which is under threat.

Ms Kanchana, Assistant in the Human Rights and Training Unit, took care of the registration and other formalities. Mr John Baptist D’Souza compered the program and proposed the vote of thanks.

Participants expressed gratitude for organizing such a workshop which not only made them aware of various schemes and benefits but also instilled in them a stronger desire to fight for their rights guaranteed by the constitution.