Lift ban on Tuticorin accounts: Concessao *India needs committed NGOs: prelate

March 8, 2012 by  
Filed under India, newsletter-lead, Persecution, Tamil Nadu

Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao of DelhiNew Delhi, March 8, 2012: He said he supported the Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council’s demand for revoking the ban on Tuticorin diocese.

Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao of Delhi has asked the federal government to “immediately” lift the ban on the bank accounts of Tuticorin diocese and several other NGOs in Tamil Nadu.

The recent ban is “gross injustice” to these organizations and “unfair” to the poor and oppressed who benefit from their work, the archbishop said in a statement yesterday.

He said he supported the Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council’s demand for revoking the ban on Tuticorin diocese.

The government has accused Tuticorin diocese of diverting funds it received from overseas for social service and other purposes to support the protest against the Koodankulam nuclear power plant.

Archbishop Concessao said that he has learnt from the local bishops that the diocese has in no way misused the foreign contributions.

“The Church always strictly follows the rules laid down by the government for the use of foreign contribution and the money is solely used for the welfare of the poor.

The prelate said that the Church organizations all over the country are involved in “alleviating the pains and pangs of the poor and helping the government in what it should be actually doing,” he said.

He appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P. Chidambaram to make proper inquiries before taking such a “drastic step.”

– ucan

India needs committed NGOs: prelate

 

Ajay Vishnoi, Madhya Pradesh minister for minority welfareMadhya Pradesh, March 7, 2012: The organisation works with over 300 partner organizations all over the country.

Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal has said that India needs committed NGOs to serve the increasing number of poor in the country.

Appreciating the efforts of Caritas India, the social service wing of the Catholic Church, the prelate said that the organization has selflessly worked in the interest of the poor, thus translating the Christian values into action.

He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the state-level golden jubilee celebration of Caritas in Bhopal.

A short documentary film highlighting the works of Caritas was screened on the occasion.

Ajay Vishnoi, Madhya Pradesh minister for minority welfare, fisheries, new and renewable energy, said that Caritas has the poor with exemplary commitment.

The organisation works with over 300 partner organizations all over the country. It was founded in 1962.

It has so far implemented 22,551 projects of disaster relief, community development, livelihood promotion, natural resource management and women empowerment.

– ucan

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