Ten Point Program

10-POINT PROGRAMME OF THE TNBC AND TNCRI-31st JANUARY 1990, VELLORE


In places of worship and burial grounds Christians of Scheduled Caste origin (CSCO) should be treated on a footing of equality and there should be no discrimination.

Opportunities should be created in the dioceses to enable CSCO to join seminaries, convents and religious congregations in numbers.

In order to create leadership in their ranks, CSCO should be encouraged to become members of Parish Councils, Parish Finance Committees, Diocesan Pastoral Councils, Multi-Purpose Social Service Societies and other Church related organizations, and entrusted with responsible positions.

In matters of admission to Catholic Teacher Training and Industrial Schools, preference should be given to the students belonging to the CSCO.

Special coaching classes should be conducted to improve the educational standards of the students who are weak in their studies to enable them to improve their performance.

Preference should be given to CSCO in matters of appointment in the educational institutions, Social Service Societies and other Church sponsored organizations and projects.

In the Diocesan Social Service Societies, development projects should be exclusively designed to promote the economic development of the CSCO and members of these should be chosen to involve actively in the execution of such projects and in the training programmes connected therewith.

To encourage higher education, particularly technical and professional education among CSCO, the diocesan and Religious Congregation should jointly create a Scholarship Fund as a source of encouragement to deserving students.

An SC/ST/BC Commission should be created in each diocese immediately to monitor the programmes meant for these people.

In the CSCO struggle to obtain their rights and privileges from the Central and State governments the TNBC Commission should actively support their programmes in this regard.