Mamata Banerjee backs Missionaries of Charity on adoption issue

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday tweeted her support for Missionaries of Charity’s decision to opt out of the adoption programme.

The Missionaries of Charity (MoC) adoption programme has been extremely successful, placing thousands of orphans in foster homes.

It decided to discontinue adoption work in India a couple of months ago because fresh guidelines issued by the Union ministry of women and child development were in conflict with the ideals of its founder Mother Teresa.

“We fully support Missionaries of Charity and Sister Prema in their decision to opt out of adoption programme. They have a right to do so,” Mamata Banerjee wrote on Twitter.

“Essence of India is unity in diversity. This is the pillar of our great nation,” she added.

Trinamool Congress spokesperson Derek O’Brien said MoC’s decision to voluntarily withdraw from adoption work to uphold its principles deserved to be applauded.

“MoC has been doing a lot of good work for free. They are doing it in 139 countries headquartered out of Kolkata. We feel proud of their work. We just hope and pray that they are allowed to continue doing so without being disturbed,” Derek said.


Excerpted from an article published in The Times of India, 12.10.2015