KOTTAYAM : The Kerala Region Bishops’ Council of the Church of South India (CSI), here on Wednesday, issued a statement censuring Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and the state government for its fickle stand on the liquor policy. Marking strident dissent over the various policies of the government regarding issues like environmental conservation, liquor ban and the Plus Two row, the council condemned the government’s policy shift in liquor policy. They alleged that the attitude shift has marred the credibility of the CM. The council had made its stand clear in a joint statement issued here by Bishop Thomas K Oommen, Bishop K G Daniel, Bishop Dharmaraj Rasalam and Bishop Baker Ninan Fen, they said.
CSI deputy moderator and bishop of the Madhya Kerala Diocese Thomas K Oommen said that the Church will oppose any attempt to replace bars with beer parlours and serving ‘old wine in new bottle’ will sabotage the liquor policy. He urged the government to introduce stringent measures to prevent spurious liquor and hooch tragedies.
The Church also plans to launch extensive awareness campaign against the use of alcohol and drugs, which will commence from October 2, Gandhi Jayanti day. The campaign will be led by around 1,000 anti-alcohol units under each church within the CSI.The Council also alleged that the state was biased in allocating Plus Two batches.
“CSI institutions that share a great tradition and history were completely ignored by the government. It is a result of the failure of Church in adopting tactical moves to impose political pressure upon the government,” Bishop K G Daniel said.
Reiterating its earlier stand, the Council urged state government to take steps to implement the Gadgil Committee recommendations on Western Ghat conservation. The Council observed that implementing the recommendations under the Gadgil Report won’t affect the lives of people but contribute to protection of Western Ghats.