Catholic legislators betrayed community: NGO

October 19, 2012 by  
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Laadli Laxmi scheme

Ladli Laxmi scheme for the girl child

Goa, October 19, 2012: A non-government organization in Goa has accused 10 Catholic legislators, who are either in the government or supporting it from outside, of betraying the community.

“They have betrayed the Catholic community at the altar of self-seeking benefits,” said Trajano D’Mello, president of Lokancho Adhar.

He was speaking in reference to the Laadli Laxmi scheme and stated that out of the 99 Catholic beneficiaries of the scheme, there is hardly anyone from the 10 constituencies represented by these legislators.

D’Mello said he had “authentic information” that till Sept. 3, of the 592 girls who availed of the benefits of the scheme, 484 are Hindus, 99 Catholics and only nine are Muslims.

He said that the legislators have turned traitors and ditched their community.

He named the constituencies represented by the MLAs as Aldona (Glen Ticlo), Calangute (Michael Lobo), Mapusa (Francis D’Souza), Cortalim (Alina Saldanha), Vasco (Carlos Almeida), Navelim (Avertano Furtado), Nuvem (Francisco Mickky Pacheco), Velim (Benjamin D’Silva), Curchorem (Nilesh Cabral) and Benaulim (Caetano Silva).

D’Mello said he is not appealing to the Church but is only appealing to the Christian community to take cognizance of the failure of the Catholic MLAs and protect their interests.

– times of india

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