Sunday, January 26, 2014

Kerala Minister assures cardinal on Western Ghats

Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Church says, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has assured him of solving the issues concerning Western Ghats.

Chennithala on Tuesday visited the Cardinal at his house. 

The minister, who assumed office early this month, said the meeting was a friendly visit, reported the New Indian Express.
“After assuming charge, I did not get the opportunity to meet him. I share camaraderie with him right from the time when I was an MP in Kottayam,” he said.

The cardinal said the minister assured him of solving issues pertaining to the Western Ghats.

“He said the rights of farmers and their families residing in the area will be protected and they will not be subjected to any kind of mental torture,” he said.

The ruling Congress government wanted implement recommendations of a green panel to save Western Ghats but Church leaders opposed it saying the move will displace thousands of families in the area, most of them Catholics.

In an election year, the communist leaders pledged support to the Church, which some interpreted as Congress losing Catholics, its traditional support base.

UDF convener P P Thankachan, Jospeh Vazhakkan MLA and DCC president V J Poulose accompanied the minister.

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