Christian community alleges neglect, demands equality in Govt schemes

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 1: JK Christian Minority Welfare Association has accused the J&K UT Government of discriminating and sidelining the most deserving Christian community from various Government schemes.
Chairing an emergency meeting of the Association members, Nassir Masih, chairman of the Association, claimed that the list of beneficiaries under self employment loan scheme recently issued by the SC, ST and BC/ Corporation Ltd has totally ignored the community. He also alleged that even the basic rights are denied to Christians in J&K and the community is ill-treated.
Michael Wazir, President of the association, said that Christians constitute less than 3 percent of JK UT population and many are among its poorest people and have the feeling of being systematically sidelined from getting the benefits of Government quotas meant for minority communities. “How long this suppressed community could negotiate without any solution. The JK UT Government, which is expected to promote the interests of the weaker sections and minorities, is discriminating against the community,” he said.
Stressing the need for the Government to allot quota, shares of benefits to all the minority communities with equitable distribution, Mr Wazir also appealed the Government to make necessary changes so to help the community make the most from the Govt scheme and to promote social and economic standard.
Michael Wazir appealed the Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu to give due consideration to the just and genuine issues of the Christian minority community of JK UT and issue the necessary direction to the concerned authorities to resolve the issues at the earliest to give a sigh of relief and to provide justice to aggrieved class.
The meeting was attended by the executive members, including Gaffor Masih, Hamid Mattoo, Sham Lal Gill, Vinod Sotra, Rewal Masih, Saleem Masih, Vinod Gill, Mukesh Sotra, Marshal, Rohit Sotra and Kasish Tony.