Shelar, BJP MLC, but for Holy Land subsidy

April 25, 2013 by  
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Ashish Shelar and Ajit PawarAs you are aware, The CSF has been urging Christians to campaigning for subsidies to the Holy Land for those community members, who cannot afford it. If all goes well, Maharashtra will soon have some sort of subsidy for the Christians to visit Holy Land, thanks to BJP member of the legislative council, Adv. Ashish Shelar, who has taken up the issue with the state government.

In a letter to the Dy. CM and Finance Minister, Mr. Ajit Pawar, the BJP MLC has requested him to make provision in the 2013-14 budget for poor Christians to undertake the pilgrimage. Mr. Ajit Pawar has sympathetically considered the same and informed Ashish Shelar that his request was being forwarded to the State Secretary  (Social Welfare)  for necessary execution.

In his letter, Ashish Shelar stated that the estimated cost for pilgrimages to the Holy Land is approximately Rs. 79,000/- and it has been observed that community members, are unable to pay this amount due to financial constraints. However it is the heart-felt wish of every Christian to visit the Holy Land at least once in his lifetime. In Maharashtra, Christians, numbering over 18 lakhs are concentrated largely in the coastal belt of the state, especially in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and other districts.

Ashish Shelar added that ” the Holy Land as mentioned in the Bible comprises mainly of Egypt, where Lord Jesus had to flee along with his parents to escape from the tyrannical rule of King Herod; Jordan where Jesus was baptized at the hands of St. John, The Baptist and also Israel, where Lord Jesus was born and finally nailed to the cross “. He said this gesture by Mr. Ajit Pawar would benefit and help the economically backward in the community to undertake the once-in-a-life time pilgrimage.

The BJP MLC also pointed out that such subsidies were granted by the governments of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh for religious pilgrimages and hence, the Maharashtra government should also consider likewise, particularly also for Manosarovar Yatra or the Sindhu Darshan, along with the Holy Land for poor Christians.

The CSF while thanking Ashish Shelar for his effort, urges Christians who would like to contact him in this regard, to write to him at ashishmlclotus@gmail.com

– csf

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