The Kiruttuva Vazhuvurimai Iyyakam (Christians Right to Livelihood Movement), Tamil Nadu-Puducherry, has appealed to the Centre and State government to take steps to secure the future of Sri Lankan Tamils.

In a resolution adopted at the first state general council meeting here with Archbishop Peter Fernando in the chair, the organisation sought steps to uphold the rights of fishermen of Tamil Nadu.

In another resolution, it urged the government to protect the rights of minorities and concede the long pending demands of Dalit, backward Christians and minority educational institutions. The meet resolved to strengthen the movement by enrolling members in each diocese and raise a youth wing. It decided to set aside a day during Christmas week for sapling plantation and observe Good Friday as blood donation day.

The following were elected office bearers of the movement: President – George Wilbert, Secretary – A.James, Treasurer – Kuriakos; Vice Presidents – Seelan, Asokan, S.G.Arulraj and Ravi; Deputy Secretaries – Suresh, William Kumar and Sahaya Marianathan and deputy treasurers – Vivekanandasamy and Patrick Fernando.