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Ranchi: The Roman Catholic Church (RCC), Ranchi, on Monday dismissed as false and baseless the allegations in a section of media that it had built a church in a government school’s land at Sarangloya village of Lapung block and stated that fictitious stories are being planted to defame the organisation, which is serving the poor of all sections of the society beyond the religious identities.
Talking to mediapersons after reports of unauthorised use of the school’s land came in the media, Bishop of Khunti Binay Kandulna and Auxiliary Bishop of Ranchi Theodore Mascarenhas SFX claimed that the reports that the Church was using the school building was fake and misleading and were intended to sow hatred in the society.
They alleged that a prominent news channel has gone on an overdrive along with politicians to spread fake news creating hatred and suspicion against the Church the Christian community. “Senior Church functionaries visited the school premises once the report was broadcast and found to be completely baseless,” they maintained.
They said that the Roman Catholic Mission School, which was founded in 1936 by a few Catholics with the name of St. Joseph’s school and actually began functioning in a small church building. In 1962, 24 Catholic families together bought 35 acres of land for themselves. It is on this land owned by these families that the present school building was built because the families wanted the Church to teach their children. The families are the sole owners of the land and only they can decide what they wish to have on their land. In the course of time they handed over this school under the care of the Fathers.
In 2018, the villagers along with the Claretian Fathers decided that they needed a multipurpose hall where they could conduct community activities and also meet together for prayer. Therefore, with the support of the Fathers and contributions and hard labour of the villagers, who wanted a place to pray, a multipurpose hall was built. When the number of students in the school began increasing considerably and grew from 27 to 75 and then to 220, the multipurpose hall began to be utilized also as class rooms for the children. We feel proud and satisfied that the parents of the surrounding area have great trust in the school and the Fathers running the school, and prefer to send their children to the Roman Catholic Mission School, which today has 222 students from Class 1 to 5 on its rolls.
They further clarified that RC Mission School, Sarangloya, is a privately owned minority school recognized by the state government. It is totally founded and run by the Catholic Church and its people for the welfare of all communities without distinction of caste, creed or religion. This is not a Government school as claimed by certain sections of the press.
For the last seven years, the sanctioned posts of teachers remain vacant as the Government has not approved appointments of any new teachers in Jharkhand to minority schools aided by the Government. The Catholic Church has thus been bearing all the costs of running the school. The school continues to be part of the midday meal scheme, but it receives no other aid from the government.