By DCD Reporter
The National Dalit Christian (NDCW) welcomed the announcement of the Kerala Government for revising its policy for the issuance of scholarships meant for religious minorities, based on the recent order of the Kerala High court.
NDCW is a national organisation based in Delhi with its presence in more than ten states in India.
While appreciating the Government’s order for allocating the scholarship approximately 58.67% for Muslims, 40.60% for Christians, and 0.73% for other minority communities including Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains, NDCW expressed its apprehension that the allocation for Christians – 40.60% would be mostly availed by dominant caste Christians within the Christian community, by which the socially, economically, and educationally backward Dalit Christians may forfeit their due share from this affirmative action policy, said Richard Devadoss, national convenor of NDCW in a press statement.
Therefore, NDCW appealed to the Government of Kerala to issue an advisory to the relevant officers to give priority in considering the applications of Dalit Christians with the allocated quota of 40.60% for Christians.
In addition, NDCW demanded the Government to expedite the study and report of Justice J. B. Koshy Commission, where the plight of Dalit Christians would find a place for accessing their proportionate share in all Government policies and programs.
It also urges the Churches in Kerala to offer honest statistics to this Commission about the number and plight of Dalit Christian within their denominations.
NDCW assures that it will monitor the situation and get back to the Government and the Churches in a course of time, in this issue and also all issues about the concerns of Dalit Christians, said Devadoss.