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Latin Catholics urged to contest local body polls

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Different domains:Oscar Fernandez, MP, Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac, Archbishop Francis Kallarackal and Archbishop Susaipakiam attending a convention of the Kerala Regional Latin Catholic Council in the city on Sunday.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Archbishop of Thiruvananthapuram and president of the Kerala Regional Latin Catholic Council (KRLCC) Susaipakiam has called upon the community members to actively participate in the civic body elections scheduled to be held in September.

At the rights declaration convention held as part of the 16th general body of the council held here on Sunday, he said that despite making remarkable contributions, members of the community had not got due representation in governance or in the leadership of political parties. Indifference towards politics and reluctance in developing leadership skills prevented community members from emerging as leaders, he said. “The council has no vested interest in exhorting the community to vote in and contest the elections, but it is keen on the community getting its due,” he said.

Securing prime positions at one go was not easy. Be it in Parliament or Assembly, opportunities were limited. “But, there are 20,000 elected representatives in the local self-government institutions (LSGIs) which deal with 25 per cent of the budgetary allocation. Decentralisation of power and funds to the civic bodies has opened an avenue to serve the public,” he said.

Keeping this in mind, the council had conducted 250 awareness classes on the significance of the LSGIs.

About 20,000 members of the community attended the sessions.

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