Mangalore, Oct 24, 2014: Addressing a meet at the handing over ceremony of ’Magnet 2014’ projects; Rachana Cooperative Society and Rachana Magnet Venture Trust at Bishop’s House in Mangalore on Oct 23, Thursday, MLC Ivan D’Souza stated that in order to provide a sufficient cultural identity for Konkani speaking community members, a proposal for the establishment of Konkani Natak Academy has been submitted to the State government and the Chief Minister has promised to consider the proposal.
He said that the CM has promised to include the proposal on setting up of Konkani Chair in Mangalore University, in the next budget. The MLC further said that the State government has also decided to scrap Justice Somsekhara Commission report on church attack. Stating that the catholic community deserves a special honour for their service to society, the MLC said that Magnet -2014 was conducted by Rachana to bring young entrepreneurs under one umbrella and provide them with an exposure and out let to the outside world.
The entrepreneur development cell of Rachana has provided subsidy to budding entrepreneurs to take up self employment and with a memorandum of understanding with Tata Nano, eight nano taxis have been provided to youth. Also, subsidy has been provided to start printing press. The effort towards the establishment of Rachana cooperative society is in progress.
St John Engineering College, Mumbai, Chairman Albert D’Souza suggested to set up an incubation cell, wherein experts from financial, technical, managerial, HR and legal backgrounds, will guide young entrepreneurs. The youth who migrate over seas, feel inferior as they are treated as B grade citizens. Rather, they could be A grade citizens in one’s own country by taking up self-employment.
A surplus of Rs 12,50,000, which was raised towards Rachana Cooperative Society and Rachana Magnet Venture Trust, was handed over to Rachana President John Monteiro by Mangalore Catholic Diocese Bishop Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza. The synopsis of the project was also released by the Bishop. Speaking on the occasion, he lauded the endeavour of Magnet, which raised the funds within 90 days. The Bishop called upon the youth from the community to join civil services.
Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy President Roy Castelino also spoke. Dimensions (Mumbai) Founder Chairman Freddy Mendonca, Rachana President John Monteiro and Magnet 2014 Chairman Walter D’Souza were present.