Archbishop with KRCBC meets the Chief Minister

14th September 2017: Mr Siddaramaiah, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka made his personal visit to the Archbishop house, Millers Road Bangalore, on Friday 14th of September 2017, at 7.30 pm and met Archbishop Bernard Moras and nine Bishops of Karnataka. The following Bishops were present: Most Rev Gerald Issac Lobo from Udupi Diocese, Most Rev Francis Serrao from Shimoga Diocese, Most Rev Derek Fernandes from Karwara, Most Rev Michael Miranda from Kulaburgi, Most Rev. Thomasappa Anthony Swamy from Chikkamangaluru, Most Rev Henry D’ Souza from Bellary, Most Rev William from Mysore Diocese, Most Rev Lawrance Mukkuzhy from Belthangady Diocese, Most Rev Mar Joseph Aruma Chadath from Bhadravathi Diocese, Mgr Joseph Jayanathan, the Vicar General, Fr Anthony Swamy, the Chancellor and PRO, Fr Lourduswamy, Fr Sebastian Fernandes, Director KROSS and Fr Eugene Lobo SJ, PRO were also present.  Hon’ble Education Minister Mr Tanvir Sait, Hon’ble Minister K J George, Mr Ivan D Souza, MLC were also present.

At the Outset Mr Siddaramaiah greeted the Archbishop with a bouquet of Flowers and adorned him with a shawl wishing him a wonderful evening. The Archbishop in turn honoured the Chief Minister with a bouquet of Flowers and a shawl. Then he greeted all the dignitaries present with flowers and welcomed them to the Residence. While welcoming the Chief Minister and other dignitaries, the Archbishop introduced each of the Bishops and persons present and explained how happy he was to have the chief Minister at his residence. He congratulated the CM for the wonderful work he has been doing towards development and progress of the state and said that we are happy to have him as the head of the State wishing further success in his work. He made a special mention of his support to minorities and particularly for rejecting the Somashekar Commission report regarding the church attacks and withdrawing all cases against the youth falsely implicated during the 2008 church attacks. He wished every success in his work and good results in the forthcoming elections.

Mgr Jayanathan then read out the memorandum on behalf of the Archbishop and KRCBC to be presented to the Hon’ble chief Minister. He specifically mentioned of the work done by Christian community in the field of Education, health and social welfare.

Education: The credit of the promotion of education in Karnataka goes to the Christian Church in Karnataka. The Church, wherever established a mission centre, also ensured that it started education and other service-related  institutions. It is said that more than 60% of the educational services in Karnataka is rendered by the Christian churches, through its deemed Universities and Autonomous Colleges, First Grade and Post-Graduation Colleges, Pre-University Colleges, Educational Training Institutions, Medical Colleges, Engineering Colleges, Technical Institutions, High Schools, countless Primary Schools in remote places, Nursery Schools, etc.

Health Service: The Christian Church, through hospitals, dispensaries, health centers, mobile clinics, etc., has gone to the remotest villages in Karnataka to reach out the medical facilities to the people who otherwise would have no access to healthcare facilities. especially accessible to the poor and backward people.

Socio-Economic Developmental Initiatives: The Christian Church in Karnataka has promoted literacy, empowerment of women through SHGs, organization and eradication of child-labourers, skill development through vocational and technical training, scholarship to poor children for education.

The Christian Church is also in a big way responds during the situation of calamities through rescue, relief and rehabilitation work for all the affected people irrespective of  their religious affiliation, especially during the situations of drought and floods.


Respected Sir, although the Government has allotted Rs. 175 crores for the Christian  Welfare  Funds, it is a yeoman’s task  for the  community  members to  obtain  these  benefits as  innumerable  problems  they face. The officials at  the  minority  Commission offices,  at  the  district  as  well as  State level,  are  from one  community, and they are not at all  cooperative  or  sympathetic  to the  Christians.  The Christian Minority Welfare Council also is not a Statutory Body.  The  problems  of  Christian  community  cannot  be  solved  unless  the  Government  takes  a  bold  step of  establishing  a  Christian Minority  Corporation  or a  Christian  Minority Desk.  Hence,  we request  the  Government  under  your able  leadership  to establish  a Christian  Minority  Corporation  / Desk,  as  it is done in  Tamil Nadu  and  Andhra Pradesh.

Christians are to be  declared under  category III  as a backward  community:  It  is unfortunate  that Christians,  although   most  of them are from poor economic  back ground,  are  placed  in  the general  category when  it comes  to  job reservation. Just because  the Christian community  runs  some  of  the  well-known  and reputed educational  and  health institutions, it does  not mean the community  is a  forward community  and  the people  are  economically well off.  It is sad to state that 85% of our Christian Community are poor and live below-poverty-line (BPL).  We earnestly request the Government of Karnataka to declare the Christians as a backward community.

The converted Christians: We appeal to you to offer specific reservations for them and to put them under category I – B.  We  wish   to bring  to your  kind  notice  that  they are  always  denied  this  certificate  as  converted  Christians.  It  is our humble  request  to  you to issue  an appropriate  G.O. to  all  the District  Commissioners  so  that  this  certificate is issued to all the applicants under  this category by  the Tahsildars in every Taluka Offices, without any harassment or  delay.

The Chief Minister in his reply mentioned of the contribution made by the Christians and he would positively consider all the points presented in the memorandum along with the Education Minister who was personally present there. He said most of the points are concerning education and he will positively do them. He asked the Bishops to encourage people to register themselves in the voters list and ask them to vote without fail. He appreciated all the work done by Christian missionaries and their support he has received.

The Archbishop thanked the Chief Minister for the good work. Fr Eugene Lobo proposed the vote of thanks, The CM and his team teft the Archbishop’s House at 8.35 pm.