Monday, January 02, 2006

Food private, not public

CHENNAI, JANUARY 1: After successfully launching the Annadhaan scheme in 180 temples and 12 dargahs, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is facing stiff resistance from the Catholic Church in the state following her attempt to introduce the free noon meal programme in churches as well.

The Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council has appealed to the chief minister not to extend the scheme to Catholic churches in the state. Dr Peter Fernando, president of the Bishops’ Council and Archbishop of Madurai, and Dr Chinappa, Archbishop of Chennai-Mylapore Diocese, in a joint statement last night, said there were practical difficulties in selecting churches and beneficiaries to implement the scheme.

A call for charity, rather than state subsidy. Brave indeed.

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