Fullinfaw is Anglo-Indian MLA

M.B. Fullinfaw

M.B. Fullinfaw  

B. S. Satish Kumar

He served as MLA when Veerendra Patil was

Chief Minister

Anglo-Indians number 12,000 in State

BANGALORE: The Bharatiya Janata Party Government has decided to nominate Derrick M.B. Fullinfaw as the Anglo-Indian member of the Legislative Assembly. A notification in this regard was issued on Thursday.

Mr. Fullinfaw (50) will take oath as MLA on Friday in the Speaker’s chamber. According to sources, he will also participate in the floor test to be held after the Governor’s address to the joint session of the state legislature.

The State Cabinet, which met on Thursday, authorised the Chief Minister to choose a suitable member from the Anglo-Indian community for nomination as MLA. Soon after that, Mr. Yeddyurappa decided on Mr. Fullinfaw.

Mr. Fullinfaw already served as MLA for a term (from 1990) when Veerendra Patil headed the Congress government. He is now BJP State Minority Morcha president.

Mr. Fullinfaw told The Hindu that his priority would be to increase the fee reimbursement for Anglo-Indian students pursuing education in English-medium schools from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 6,000 per year. He said following his request, the BJP manifesto committee had agreed to consider it.

He would also make efforts to convince the Government to take up welfare measures for the uplift of the Anglo-Indian community, based on a survey conducted some time ago to know the socio-economic status of the community.

Mr. Fullinfaw said contrary to the common perception that Anglo-Indians were rich, a large number of them were living in poverty. In fact, their number was decreasing in the State.

Karnataka had about 12,000 Anglo-Indians, of the total one lakh in the country. The community is concentrated mostly in Bangalore, Kolar, Kolar Gold Fields, Mysore and Hubli, he noted.

He alleged that some of the Anglo-Indian educational institutions had been taken over by others. He would make efforts both within and outside the Assembly for getting back the community’s rights over them. He is also examining the possibility of launching a legal fight in this regard.

Listing his other priorities, Mr. Fullinfaw said he would make efforts to get reservation for the community in education and employment.

He thanked the BJP, Mr. Yeddyurappa and party State president D.V. Sadananda Gowda for choosing him. He said the party had backed him in all his endeavours.

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