Church’s stand on Western Ghats unfortunate

May 7, 2013 by  
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Western GhatsKerala, May 06, 2013: A member of the committee formed to prepare a report for the protection of Western Ghats has expressed dismay over the Kerala Church’s stand on the issue.

V S Vijayan, the committee member, said that those who are supposed to allay apprehensions on the Gadgil Committee Report are spreading misunderstanding among the public on it.

“It was not a right move on part of the Church to issue a pastoral letter against the report,” he said.

Vijayan was speaking at an open discussion organised by the Cochin Adventure Foundation Saturday on apprehensions and hopes on Gadgil Commission Report.

“A majority of churches seek financial support from foreign agencies and the remarks of the Church that the Commission members received cash from foreigners was unfortunate,” he added.

Earlier, the Syro-Malabar Church and the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council had opposed the implementation of the report recommendations, saying it would decimate the livelihoods of thousands of farming families.

The Church had last year issued a pastoral letter, calling for the rejection of the report.

It suspects there is a conspiracy behind the report.

– new indian express

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