Amit Shah, the Union Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation, met in Kerala with Archbishop Andrews Thazhath, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) president, and other officials on June 4.
In this special meeting, Archbishop Thazhath expressed his concern for the Christians in India based on their challenges and difficulties in some parts of India, especially attacks in Manipur.
The Archbishop, Father Renny Mundenkurian, and Father Alex Maprani were patiently heard by the Home Minister, who explained his mission and goal for peace in Manipur and the North East.
Shah assured that he would look into some concrete incidents, especially in Madhya Pradesh, and do what is necessary to serve Christians and all citizens, according to the release.
They discussed the contribution of Christians in Nation building, especially in education, health care, and social service.
Indian Catholics run more than 25,000 schools and colleges across India and 85,000 hospital beds in remote villages. Over 5 million poor and marginalized people are served annually by its 5000 Catholic-registered NGOs.
To investigate the violent incidents in Manipur on May 3 and afterward, the Centre has notified an inquiry commission under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952, chaired by Justice Ajai Lamba, former Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court, with Himanshu Shekhar Das, IAS (Retd.) and Aloka Prabhakar, IPS (Retd.) as members.
As part of its investigation, the commission will investigate the causes and spread of the violence in Manipur and whether the responsible parties made any lapses.
After taking stock of the situation in Manipur from May 29 to June 1, 2023, Amit Shah announced the appointment of the commission of inquiry.
The commission must submit its report to the central government within six months of its first meeting. Imphal will be the capital city of the commission.
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