Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy recognizes the eligibility of Christian Missionaries in the state for a monthly allowance rendered towards their sustenance and personal expenses. The monthly allowances for Christian missionaries were one of his promises announced during his election campaign. If reports are to believed, the legalization process would ensue shortly, and all the missionary servicemen would be liable to obtain the privilege from the beginning of next year.
Apart from Christian Missionary allowances, he also granted Rs. 10,000- Rs. 35,000 for temple renovations and around Rs. 15,000 for Islamic Priest in the state. To execute the distribution process effectively, the state government has asked the State Minority Community Welfare Department to prepare the list of recipients eligible for the grant. The CM has declared that by March 2020, allowances for all religious groups would ensue. Though the process has been initiated, it is reported that certain Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members have addressed their concerns over permitting allowances for Christian missionaries.
Jagan Mohan Reddy is the son of former CM Raja Shekhar Reddy. The YSR Congress leader had proclaimed at multiple occasions, that he is an ardent faithful of Jesus Christ and that he reads the Holy Bible every day. It is also noteworthy that CM’s brother in law, Anil Kumar is one of the most sought after Catholic preacher in Andhra Pradesh.