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Malankara Managing Committee Passes Budget for Rs. 290.80 Crores; Four New Dioceses

KOTTAYAM: Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Managing Committee approved the annual budget of Rs. 290.8 Crores for the financial year 2010-2011. The meeting was held on June 9th at the Smrithi Auditorium at the Old Seminary Campus, Kottayam.

Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Baselios Marthoma Didymus I presided over the meeting.

Revised Priest’s Salary Scheme was also approved, which proposes an increase of 43% to the priest’s salary. With this increase the beginning salary of a vicar priest will be about Rs. 10,000

The meeting decided to form four new dioceses, namely, Ranny-Nilackal, Adoor-Kadampanadu, Kottarakkara-Punalur and Brahmavar dioceses.

“We expect an income of Rs. 3 crores from Catholicate Day Collection. We also want to allocate Rs. 40 lakhs to Marriage Aid Fund, Rs. 44 lakhs for Education Aid Fund and Medical Aid Fund”, said Dr. George Joseph, the Church Secretary, in his budget speech.

Budget includes Rs. 11 lakhs for the Navjyothy self employment scheme aimed at women empowerment, and Rs. 43 lakhs for the Coonan Cross monument at Mattanchery. Medical stores are planned in the Neethi Store pattern to help the poor. Insurance program for the sacrists, development for Brahmavar community, development of Snehabhavan Velloor, Students Chapel, Coimbatore, Alvaris Smrithi Mandiram, Goa, St. Gregorios Smrithi Mandiram, Mulanthuruthi are other projects envisaged in the budget.

Catholicos Elect Metropolitan Paulose Mar Milithios felicitated the seven newly consecrated Metropolitans of the Church.

The meeting condoled at the demise of P.C. Abraham Padinjarekkara, former Lay Trustee and Fr. Andrews Abraham Chor-Episcopos.

Dr. Kurian John Melamparampil, Padmashree laureate, Benyamin, Kerala Literary Academy Award laureate, and Paul Mathai, Lion’s International District Governor were felicitated.

A motion was endorsed, which appeals to the authorities to bring all culprits into day light and to judicial trial, who are behind the brutal murder of Malankara Varghese, former Malankara Managing Committee Member.

The Malankara Metropolitan nominated Satheesh Abraham Padinjarekkara as Malankara Managing Committee Member into the vacancy created by the death of P.C. Abraham Padinjarekkara.