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MLC Ivan Briefs Ballari Public On Govt’s Christian Development Schemes

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BALLARI, SEP. 23: Mr. Ivan D’Souza, Chief Whip of Karnataka Government in State Legislative Council and Member of Karnataka Christian Development Council briefed the public about Govt. schemes for Christian community at Ballari today.

While addressing a large number of Christian leaders and citizens at St. Antony’s Community Center, Ivan strongly encouraged leaders of the community and the department staff to take up initiative at all levels to sensitise regarding the Government schemes available  for the benefit of the community and to utilize them fully.

The awareness program was conducted by District Officer, Dept. of District Minority and Backward Class welfare Department.

Mr. Suresh Babu, the director welcomed the gathering. And a power point presentation regarding the available schemes was made on the occasion.

Christian Development Council members Anil Redson, Y. Anand, Bhaskar Prashant, Zilla Panchayat member Allam Prashant and Deputy Mayor Basavaraj were present at the occasion.

The United Christian Forum of Bellary was represented by Fr. Paulraj, vicar general and CSI area chairman Rev. Gona Emmanuel and Pastor Gunalan on the dais.

Mr. D’Souza also recommended that instead of Minority Council it would be better to have Christian development Corporation as is the case in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

He also invited the local Christian leaders to promote political representation/ leadership in the district.

Sri Ivan D Souza and other Minority Council members visited various churches and institutions like Christ the  King Church at Cantonment, Sacred Heart Church, Fort, Telugu Church, Trinity Church and St. Antony’s Cathedral also St. Joseph’s Boys’ School, C.B. Ballari.

Local parish priests, religious communities and heads of institutions enthusiastically participated in the programme.

Fr. Maxim Dias, Diocesan PRO and Director, St. Antony’s Community Center facilitated the programme.

Office bearers of Catholic Association of Ballari (CAB) Gerald Valentine, Raju Balraju, Suby Mathew and others helped in organizing the program.

Earlier on Sep. 20 MLC Ivan D’Souza addressed the public at St. Mary’s Hall, Raichur where the programme was facilitated by Fr. Leo Michael and Benjamin John. 

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