Demands memorial for Danish missionary Ziegenbalg
The Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Progressive Movement urged the state government to exert pressure on the Centre to issue suitable orders for the implementation of the report of Justice Renganath Mishra Commission to treat Scheduled Caste Christians on par with Scheduled Castes.
A resolution to this effect was adopted at the maiden meeting of the Movement held in the city recently.
Another resolution called upon the state government to concede the long pending demand to erect an arch and manimandapam in commemoration of Ziegenbalg, a member of the Lutheran clergy and the first Protestant Missionary to India, in recognition of his service to Tamil language and Tamil printing technology.
It was decided to take out a march from Tranquebar to Chennai and present a memorandum to the Chief Minister pressing this demand.
It has been 305 years since the arrival of Ziegenbalg in Tranquebar.
The meeting decided to hold a state level conference in appreciation of his services to religion and the society and in particular for the promotion of Tamil language.
To protect the service condition of the teachers run by the TELC and teaching posts which are badly affected by the present teacher – student ration, the pleaded with the Chief Minister to implement 1:30 teacher student ratio in the state.
The state government should also issue orders upgrading the two teachers school into three teachers school as has been done in the case of union schools.
The meeting congratulated E. D. Charles, who has been elected as secretary, Church Council for the third consecutive term for the first time in the history of TELC.
Rev. J. Paul Sathiamoorthy, president of the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Progressive Movement presided over the meeting.
Over 300 members from the four southern states and the Union Territory of Puducherry, including Dr. Charles, Church Council members, pastors, district office-bearers, correspondents of schools, participated in the meeting.