Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: A three-day meet of the parliament of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, Mar Thoma Sabha Mandalam, came to a close at Thiruvalla on Saturday afternoon.

Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma, Metropolitan of the church, presided over the valedictory function.

The meet passed a Rs.54-crore annual budget for the church.

The budget, presented by lay trustee K.Verghese, sets apart Rs.1 crore for a scheme to provide houses for all homeless church members.

Cancer care

A sum of Rs.25 lakh is set apart for cancer care and Rs.5 lakh for extending marriage assistance to girls belonging to economically backward families. An amount of Rs.20 lakh is earmarked for setting up Balavadis outside Kerala.

The Metropolitan presented the Manavaseva Award, instituted by the Church, to Fr. A.K. George and the Maliyekkal M.C. George Kaseessa Prize to Fr. M.C. Thomas.

The meeting expressed concern over the delay in resolving the agitation for land by the landless at Chengara and other parts of the State.