AHMEDABAD: There will be a 10 per cent hike in the Dearness Allowance for priests of the Ahmedabad Diocese from July 2013 onward.
A unanimous decision to this was taken at the Diocesan Assembly meeting held on July 13 at the Diocesan HQ under the presidentship of Metropolitan Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios.
The diocese had already decided on a 3 per cent hike in salary for priests each year. The assembly took into consideration aspects like high cost of living and inadequacy of the salary scale for priests and has therefore recommended the enhancement.
In a Kalpana issued with the No 73/13 dated August 10, 2013 Dr Mar Yulios thanked the Council and Assembly members on addressing this genuine concern which will go a long way towards addressing the basic needs of the priests and their families.
The Metropolitan has further noted that there should be a subsequent increase in salary quota from parishes and sister concerns to finance this increase.
Dr Mar Yulios has highly appreciated the Diocese vicars and decision making committees of the Parishes/Congregations and Schools for their support and co-operation.