Equal Opportunities and Justice for Christians
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Christians have always been an integral part of the secular fabric of our great nation. We comprise of around 2.3% of the total Indian population. This religious minority has a large number of people who are underprivileged and dream of climbing up the social ladder. It is observed that Christians are systematically discriminated by successive elected governments. As a result, the people of this community at large are victimized socially and politically. The plight of the Christian community in the state of Karnataka at present is deplorable. We are not getting our due recognition and are sidelined in every sphere of public, government domain and policy making.
Christians have always been the torchbearers in the fight for social equality and justice. Today, we have very few civil servants from of community. Most of them are victims of a system that discriminates, harasses, and hounds with punishment postings for daring to be truthful and faithful to the country by being whistle blowers exposing the irregularities and corruption.
Mr. K. Mathai KAS is an example of an upright Civil Servant who is victimized by the government for attempting to clean up the existing system. He has been transferred 29 times in his 9 year career. Other Christian civil servants are also harassed by the majority communities and the reporting officers are known to give adverse annual confidential reports for refusing to toe their line on misuse of government machinery.
Apart from this Christians are being sidelined throughout.
We Christians seek our fair share under the minority quota on a pro-rata basis.
We humbly request you to address the following grievances:
1. Ensure that government policies are fair to all and address the injustice done to Christians in every government department.
2. Equal opportunity for Christians with pro-rata reservations under the minority quota with complete transparency in appointments of members and selection of candidates on various boards and commissions.
3. Christians should be considered for the post of Chairman in Minority boards and corporations like KMDC, Minority Commission etc. on a rotation basis.
4. Suitable provisions made so that more Christians are appointed as staff in all KMDC offices and other social welfare departments.
5. Increase the annual income ceiling of 22,000 INR to avail the educational, self-employment, and development schemes offered by KMDC and other government social welfare bodies. Other eligibility criteria should be determined as per the needs of the people in the community.
6. The State government should convert the Christian Development Council into a corporation, with independent powers to study the needs of the community and implement appropriate schemes and support for the development of the Christian Community.
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