Nicholas Carneiro was the first parish priest of Belman (1894 - 1903), and also founder of the parish. He administered the Belman parish from Shirva up to 1903. He started an elementary school in 1896 which has developed into the St. Joseph's H.P.School. As he travelled frequently between Shirva and Belman, he had a road constructed between them which developed into the Shirva - Belman road.