Christians Submit Memorandum to Paschimbango Education Minister

Mr Bratya Basu with students - file photo

KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – The Coadjutor Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Kolkata led a 16-member delegation of West Bengal Association of Christian Schools (WBACS), to meet with Minister for School and Higher Education, Shri Bratya Basu, 15th September.

The very first meeting with the new minister held at 3.30 pm in Bikash Bhavan included eminent leaders of Christian community like Bishop Brajan Malakar of Barackpore, Member of Parliament Mr. Derek O’Brien, Member of Legislative Assembly Mr. Michael Shane Calvert, Vice-chairperson Paschimbango Minority Commission Prof. Maria Fernandes, Padmashri Awardee Sr Cyril Mooney IBVM, WBCAS Secretary Fr. Moloy D’Costa and others.

After a cordial round of pleasantries, Mr. Obrien introduced the delegation to the Minister and Archbishop D’Souza submitted a Memorandum of long-standing grievances of the Christian Minority Schools in Paschimbango. The grievances clubbed under four main headings included: 1) Undue interference in the Recruitment of Staff, 2) Discrimination in granting Recognition & Govt. Aid, 3) Injustice to Primary Teachers of Christian schools, and 4) Mid-day meal &free text books to the students of our village schools most of whom are poor SC/ST and OBC children.

Fr. Moloy, Mr. Calvert and Bishop Malakar pitched in to clarify problems and suggest possible solutions.

“The most urgent need is that of granting exemption from following the State Reservation Rules as per 100-Point Roster for appointment of staff in our schools,” pointed out Fr. K.T. Thomas SDB who drafted the memorandum.

Fr. Thomas insisted that, “in keeping with: i) the Constitutional Rights of the Minorities, ii) the Supreme Court Orders (latest being the Order dated 8th July 2010) clearly exempting the Minorities from the purview of State Reservation Rules, and iii) the state Govt. Order No.942-MD dated 30.6.2008 clause V No.1 (which states that “Reservation Policy for SC and ST and OBCs shall not apply in recruitment of teachers and staff in Minority Educational Institutions”).

The Minister gave a patient hearing and promised to make a careful study of the grievances. He requested the Association to form a core team of 3 or 4 members to meet with his Secretary after 4 or 5 days, and keep him briefed on all issues in detail.

The Minister also assured the delegation of his continued cooperation in arriving at a speedy and acceptable solution to the long standing problems faced by the Christian Minority Schools in the state.

The Christian Missionary Schools in Paschimbanga number some 1,300. Of these over 250 are aided schools, some 150 DA- getting schools, and more than 900 are unaided schools.

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  1. (mark) amarendra mondal

    REQUEST YOUR PATIENT HEARING & KINDLY SEE THE DOCS CAREFULLY. COPY
    TO Dated:26.07.2013 The Hon’ble Managing Director Minority Development and Finance Corporation AMBER , DD-27/E, Sector-I, Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700064
    SUBJECT: PRAYER FOR REVALIDATION of THE 2 ORIGINAL EXPIRED CHEQUES ARE ATTACHED ALONG WITH THE REGISTRAR’S LETTER, WBSU, BARASAT.
    RESPECTED SIR/MADAM,
    WE, JHUMKA MONDAL AND DONALD ANKUSH MONDAL, students of RG Surendra Nath College, BKP received the expired cheques from the Barasat University on 04.07.2013 being informed on 03.07.2013 due to some communication gap took place. The cheques actually were sent to the University in spite of sending to the College directly and hence the cheques have lost their validity period.
    We are very needy and our father is a patient of heart, sugar, uric acid etc. as well as unemployed and also we have got our Part I Exams ahead. This is because we are sending you the same by post though we several times visited the Dist. Head Office of Minority Welfair, Barasat, 24pgs North and they refused to receive the expired cheques and the receiver (Asraful) said that he didn’t do it as per your order that no expired cheque will be received by this office (and in Bengali he said that Kolkata head office kono expire cheque nye receive kortey amader baran korechhey) dated 25.07.13 and thereafter our father met the higher authority MD 1 Mr. Prabir Bhattyacharya (9593123434) there in the office but without any positive result.
    So, please do the favor sympathetically or say “NO”. Thank you and best regards,
    Yours Obediently,

    Jhumka Mondal and Donald Ankush Mondal
    VERY URGENT: THE 2 ORIGINAL EXPIRED CHEQUES AND THE 2 ORIGINAL LETTERS OF THE REGISTRAR OF THE WB STATE UNIVERSITY (BARASAT) FOR 2 STUDENTS ARE THE MAIN ENCLOSERES BEING SENT HEREWITH TO REVALIDATE AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE WAY. PLS SEE TO THE MATTER PATIENTLY. REQUEST YOUR FEEDBACK SOON.
    CC: Hon’ble FINANCE MINISTER, INDIA Hon’ble FINANCE MINISTER, WB Hon’ble Vice Chair Person MS Maria Fernandes (for Christian Minority) Hon’ble CM, WB

  2. (mark) amarendra mondal

    LETTER(2) OF DONALD ANKUSH MONDAL, COPY
    To Dated:25.07.2013
    THE Hon’ble Managing Director Minority Development and Finance Corporation AMBER DD-27/E, Sector-I Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700064
    Through
    The Hon’ble Registrar ( His letter attached herewith) Dr.Rampada Bera
    West Bengal State University (Barasat, North 24 Parganas)
    Berunanpukuria,
    P.O. Malikapur,
    North 24- Parganas
    Kolkata 700126, Office. Fax : (033) 2524 1977
    The Vice Chancellor: Prof. Kausik Gupta e-mail: vc.wbsu@gmail.com
    Finance Officer: Mr. Sanjib Kumar Barua: 2425 1979 Telephone nos. 25241975, 25241976, 25241978, 25241979
    Subject: Prayer for revalidation of the cheque no.010054 dated 24th March,2013, IDBI BANK, MUMBAI-21, granted in favor of Donald Ankush Mondal
    Respected Sir/ Madam,
    I, Donald Ankush Mondal, a student of RGSNC, Barrackpore with humble submission would like to earnestly request you if you kindly revalidate my cheque no.010054, IDBI BANK, MUMBAI-21, DATED 24.03.2013 ISSUED BY THE WEST BENGAL MINORITY DEVELOPMENT & FINANCE CORPORATION WHICH I received from the WEST BENGAL STATE UNIVERSITY, BARASAT, 24PGS (N), on 04.07.2013 just the next day I was informed over phone by THE UNIVERSITY.
    The Xerox/Original copy of the letter of the Registrar of the WEST BENGAL STATE UNIVRSITY and the Original Cheque are attached herewith. I am a needy student and my father is unemployed.
    Therefore, it will be very kind of you if you sympathetically revalidate the cheque as early as possible. Best regards and thanks,
    SELF ADDRESS & CONTACT NO. Yours Obediently
    S/O AMARENDRA MONDAL Annapurna Complex 1st LN. Sreepally, Palta, PO: Bengal Ename Donald Ankush Mondal 24PGS(N),PIN-743122, MOBILE NO. 8013948644
    PS. THE ORIGINAL CHEQUE AND THE REGISTRAR’S LETTER IS SENT BY POST TO THE Hon’ble MD, MDFC, AMBER

  3. (mark) amarendra mondal

    LETTER(1) OF JHUMKA MONDAL, COPY
    To THE Hon’ble Managing Director Minority Development and Finance Corporation AMBER, DD-27/E, Sector-I, Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700064
    Through
    The Hon’ble Registrar ( His letter attached herewith) Dr.Rampada Bera
    West Bengal State University (Barasat, North 24 Parganas)
    Berunanpukuria,
    P.O. Malikapur,
    North 24- Parganas
    Kolkata 700126, Office. Fax : (033) 2524 1977
    The Vice Chancellor: Prof. Kausik Gupta e-mail: vc.wbsu@gmail.com
    Finance Officer: Mr. Sanjib Kumar Barua: 2425 1979 Telephone nos. 25241975, 25241976, 25241978, 25241979
    Subject: Prayer for revalidation of the cheque no.010069 dated 24th March,2013, IDBI BANK, MUMBAI-21, granted in favor of Jhumka Mondal.
    Respected Sir/ Madam,
    I, Jhumka mondal, a student of RGSNC, Barrackpore with humble submission would like to earnestly request you if you kindly revalidate my cheque no.010069, IDBI BANK, MUMBAI-21, DATED 24.03.2013 ISSUED BY THE WEST BENGAL MINORITY DEVELOPMENT & FINANCE CORPORATION WHICH I received from the WEST BENGAL STATE UNIVERSITY, BARASAT, 24PGS (N), on 04.07.2013 just the next day I was informed over phone by THE UNIVERSITY.
    The Xerox/Original copy of the letter of the Registrar of the WEST BENGAL STATE UNIVRSITY and the Original Cheque are attached herewith. I am a needy student and my father is unemployed.
    Therefore, it will be very kind of you if you sympathetically revalidate the cheque as early as possible. Best regards and thanks,
    SELF ADDRESS & CONTACT NO. Yours Obediently Jhumka Mondal
    D/O AMARENDRA MONDAL Annapurna Complex 1st LN. Sreepally, Palta, PO: Bengal Enamel 24PGS(N),PIN-743122, MOBILE NO. 8013948644
    PS. THE ORIGINAL CHEQUE AND THE REGISTRAR’S LETTER IS SENT BY POST TO THE Hon’ble MD, MDFC, AMBER.

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