Special Correspondent

Ask Southern Railway to complete laying of the railway line to Velankanni

THANJAVUR: Christians Vazhvurimai Iyakkam of Thanjavur Diocese has appealed to the Tamil Nadu Government to provide Haj-like concessions to Christian pilgrims who visit Jerusalem, the birth place of Jesus Christ.

In a resolution adopted at a meeting held here recently, the Iyakkam said that concessions were given to Christians in Andhra Pradesh.

The Iyakkam also appealed to the Government to give the concessions and privileges given to SCs and STs to SC and ST Christians also.

It appealed to the Centre to implement reservation for women in Parliament.

It also urged Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to take steps to set up a technology park in Thanjavur and maintain the sanctity of the Christian shrines.

It thanked the chief minister for according legal status to Tamil Nadu Minorities Welfare Board.

It asked the Southern Railway to complete the laying of the railway line to Velankanni, a pilgrim centre for Christians.