Kodiyeri is CPI(M)state secretary for second time
Kodiyeri is CPI(M)state secretary for second time

CPIM scotches rumours, Pinarayi Govt not to implement proposed Church Act draft


The Kerala Government is not for implementing the proposed draft on Church Act amendments on lines of the Hindu temple model Devaswom-like system for administration of these religious centres.

CPIM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan put to rest rumours with regard to church administrator and told mediapersons on Friday that the LDF Government would not take forward the Act. Kodiyeri's statement comes in the wake of the Inter-Church Council holding a protest against the proposed move, seen as a control on churches.

The protest was the result of former judge of Supreme Court KT Thomas putting up the Act draft on the Law Reforms Commission website to seek public opinion. Thomas heads the panel appointed by the Pinarayi Government to have a fresh look at 2009 Church Act, drafted by veteran jurist and former judge of Supreme Court the late VR Krishna Iyer. Incidentally, several of his recommendations were yet to be implemented.

According to political analysts, no Government would ‘dare’ to deal with such issues which could antogonise a large section of believers. For the Pinarayi Government, it has already rubbed a large section of Hindus on the wrong side through its enthusiasm to implement the Supreme Court ruling on young women entry to Sabarimala.

It would certainly not want to antogonise Christians too and this was made clear when Kodiyeri said there were already laws in place and fresh ones were not needed. It was only a section with 'vested’ interests spreading 'rumours'.

The CPM and the LDF Government it leads were not in favour of any changes in the administration structure of churches and the stand on the matter was very clear, he added.