Bangalore: In its bid to reach out to Christian, the BS Yeddyureppa Government in Karnataka on Thursday decided to spend Rs 35 crore for construction of their community halls and providing financial help to their poor students, and Rs 15 crore for progress of churches.

Rs 50 crore had been provided in the 2011-12 budget for taking up development schemes related to the Christian community, state Law Minister S Suresh Kumar told reporters.

Officials said such an allocation for the community has been made for the first time in Karnataka budget.

Kumar said Minority Welfare Minister Mumtaz Ali Khan has held an interaction with prominent leaders of the community on development schemes to be taken up under the budget allocation.

It was decided to allocate Rs 35 crore on building Christian community halls, education loans to poor Christian students, micro-credit and skill-building schemes and merit scholarship.

“The remaining Rs 15 crore was decided to be spent on renovation and restoration works of churches,” Kumar said.

He said a committee has been constituted with Khan as Chairman and representatives of Christian community as members, which would draw up plans on allocation to various such activities.

The state BJP government had came under attack after a spate of attacks on churches in some parts of the state in 2008 over alleged attempts at forced conversions, land grabbing and distribution of inflammatory literature targeting Hindu gods.

However, Somasekhara Judicial Commission on January 28 this year gave clean chit to the Yeddyurappa Government and Sangh Parivar outfits over the church attacks.

(Agencies)