TAMILNADU GOVERNMENT STOP PATRONIZING AUROVILLE

 AURO-VILLAGE DISCRIMINATES INDIANS

 

The separate city state of Auroville had debated its Official Language issue too, as per Auroville News dated December21st 2002.

 

“Regarding the language issue, I would like to notice that the Entry group recommends also to foreigners the knowledge of the English language. The official papers, the meetings, the assemblies, etc are in English, most of the people in Auroville speak English, so it would not be possible to interact with many members of the community and participate to what goes on in Auroville without knowing at least English. Let us face it, of the four official languages of Auroville, English is the easiest to learn, that’s why it is considered the international language of the world “wrote Claudio Djaima, an Italian. This brings to light that Auroville has 4 official languages, contrary to the three-language formula at Indian national level and the two-language policy at Tamilnadu state level. A community of foreigners living in Aurovillage naturally will speak their mother tongue. After all the French woman, Mirra Alfasa, who is The Mother to Aurovillians, spoke everyday in French her views, which are in audio form as well as book form titled “Mother’s Agenda” compiled by Satprem for 22 years running into 6000 pages of 13 volumes. In that 13th volume in her own words, she had told how people surrounding her are cheating her because of her fading eyesight. Our charge here is that this city state has its own official language policy.

 

The same Claudia Djaima in his reply to one Thiru.Gnanavel, who fortunately became Aurovillian but not his wife, writes “About institutionalized discrimination, I don’t understand whom you refer to. If I am right, 30% of Aurovillians are Tamils, in fact if you divide the Aurovillians by nationality, Tamilians are the largest group. So where is the discrimination? By the way you surely know Auroville should be a universal city or at least international. What kind of universal city will it be if 90% of inhabitants come from one single country and only the remaining 10% belong to other 185 countries of the world? Every big city around the world is like that, most of it made up of native population, and only a small part is made up of immigrants”

 

Dravida Peravai draws the attention of Tamilnadu Government to this statement, which clearly reflects the policy of Auroville IS NOT TO ADMIT TAMILS AS RESIDENTS. EVEN IF HUSBAND IS AUROVILLIAN, HIS WIFE WILL NOT BE MADE AUROVILLIAN. This was in 2002, and I am not clear about this individual Tamil’s case today. But the brazen manner in which an Italian state to a Tamil that his wife need not be made Aurovillian proves the Mother’s dictum that Auroville belongs to nobody but to everybody as failed promise. How can Indian Government or Tamilnadu Government allow the growth of a city, where its own sons of the soil will be shown the closed door?

 

We all are aware of the Amarnath row, even if we have missed it, the Chairman of Auroville Foundation Dr.Karan Singh, being a Kashmiri first and Universalist next, would have taken note of. “ The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Friday 27th June 2008 said that notwithstanding noises being made about the Government order diverting 39.88 hectares of land under compartment No: 63a /Sindh in Sindh Forest Division to Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, the fact of the matter is that the Government order No.184/FST of 2008 dated June 26th issued in this regard says in unequivocal terms that the diversion of land is for raising pre fabricated structures only for camping purposes of pilgrims without going in for construction of permanent structures at Baltal and Domail by Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board. The order lays down specific terms and conditions that the property status of the forest land shall remain unchanged and the land so diverted shall be utilized only for the purpose for which it has been diverted. It shall not be transferred to any other agency without approval of the Forest Department, the order further says. The land shall not be mortgaged, re-assigned or sub leased by user agency in any manner whatsoever to any other agency, adds the order” says Deccan Chronicle.

 

People’s protests and Jammu and Kashmir Government changing its decision are issues not related to the subject of this salvo against Auroville Foundation. Even for a temple, that too pilgrimage purposes, people of you Kingdom are not allowing Government to allocate land, Dr.Karan Singh, how come you are not going there, to gain Hindus land, in spite of you being a former Prince of Kashmir. All the way you come to Tamilnadu to grab our land to set up a neo-colony, we are sorry to pinpoint your double standards, since democracy considers a king or a cobbler, a prince or a beggar as equals.

 

“Auroville is situated in Vanur Taluk, Villupuram District and is comprised of the Panchayats of Irumbai and Bommayarpalayam. Small extent of this land is in Kattukuppam, Rajapudupallam, and Mathur Panchayats and in Melankuppam within the Union Territory of Puducherry.

 

In view of the difficulties in declaring the area- Auroville, under Town and Country Planning Act consequent to the Auroville Foundation Act 1988, envisaging autonomy to the resident’s assembly of Auroville, it was suggested to protect the area by separate legislation as that of Kalpakkam [Tamilnadu Nuclear Installation Authority ] or on the lines of proposals of heritage sites, towns declared by Tamilnadu” so goes on one of the proposals in the Report of Special Commission of Town and Country Planning dated 1st July 2002.

 

The Central Act itself needs review. It was done to take over the project from a mismanaged society, but its aims run contrary to Tamilnadu Town Country Planning Act. Yes, how can Tamilnadu call a VILLAGE of 1619 people as TOWN? So the master minds of this neo-colony want to give Auroville, the status of Kalpakkam. Kalpakkam Atomic Power Plant generates power for our country, but Auroville through its sub trusts generate money for foreigners, who live in bungalows worth 3 crores, whereas all the Tamil villagers live in huts getting less than 30 $ per month as wages, as rightly pointed out by Ms.Rachel Wright in BBC.

 

The Auroville Foundation Act spells about Resident Assembly. “The resident’s assembly shall consist of all the residents of Auroville who are for the time being entered in the register of residents maintained under this section. The Secretary of the Governing Board shall maintain the register of residents in such manner as may be prescribed and all the persons who are residents of Auroville and who are of the age of eighteen years and above are entitled to have their names entered in the register on an application made to the Secretary in such form as may be prescribed”.

 

The Secretary, who as Carel Theime proudly proclaimed is Joint Secretary Grade. He has right to enter register of residents. It may appear as per the above clause that he has powers to admit residents once they are 18 years old. But this power is mirage, as next provision will establish.

 

Under functions of Residents Assembly, it has powers to allow the admission or

Cause the termination of persons in the register of residents in accordance with the regulations made under Section 32”. This power of the Resident Assembly should be withdrawn. The Resident Assembly can only be a Community debating Integral Yoga; it should have no statutory role to confer citizenship of Auroville city-state, a historical legacy of the Roman city state. These powers are used by foreigners to deny wife citizenship while husband is resident, in case if he happens to be Tamilian.

 

Let me revert back to the Italian friend who sermonizes to Tamil Aurovillian. “One question arises in me. Your wife has been living in Auroville with you all these years, what will the big difference be for her if she will become Aurovillian? I always saw the status of Aurovillian as a help from Indian Government with visa for those people that are really dedicated to Auroville “says Claudio Djaima.

 

The cat is out of the bag. Visa to Auroville. Who recommends ? Is it Secretary, an Indian Government servant answerable to Indian Parliament, in view of himself holding office in a Parliament created Foundation? NO. NO.NO. The so called resident’s assembly, its working committee, literally foreigners recommend visa for fellow foreigners. This power poses grave dangers to Indian security, yet Indian Government is in slumber.

 

Having said that Tamils face discrimination, the rest of Indians should not think that the neo-colony will welcome them with red carpet. Let me reproduce news from THE HINDU:

 

Row over carrying bags inside Auroville: [By our Staff Reporter] Auroville Dec.26 : Visitors to Matrimandir in Auroville were engaged in a scuffle with volunteers over an alleged racial discrimination this evening. As per instructions at the entrance, visitors have to leave their belongings at a counter before entering to the Matrimandir. Trouble started when a group, which was not allowed to carry its bag inside, pointed that the authorities were allowing foreigners in with bags, but not Indians. “We have so much cash in the bag but they did not allow us to take it in. So we asked our servant to stay here with the bag but we spotted a foreigner inside with a bag. How can they treat us like that? asked Shubhara Singh.

 

Accusing the authorities discrimination, her husband U.K.Singh asked other Indians in the crowd to stage a dharna. His father K.K.Singh, the BJP Gaya District President from Bihar, challenged the volunteers saying “we will show them what BJP’s dharma means. Let them realize what Indians are”

 

The volunteers meanwhile tried to shut the gates and directed visitors who still wanted to go through another path. A scuffle emerged when the visitors attempted to keep the volunteers from shutting the gates and some were pushed around….. So reports national daily The Hindu. Hats off to Biharis, they protested for entrance but we Tamils denied resident status just murmur, which never could reach the ears of Government of India, through its eyes, namely Intelligence Bureau.

 

Meanwhile most of my blogs are getting good responses. Let me quote one response.

 

Sampradayak June 24, 2008 at 6:21 am

 

You are correct: The Act has entrusted the primary responsibility for organizing various activities, formulating the master plan, raising of funds to the Residents Assembly.

But what mess is there in reality?

 

Several criminal clans have illegally shared between them the powers and functions of the Residents Assembly. These criminal groups have effectively kept the Residents Assembly’s meetings to 1-2 times a year, and restricted it to some general policy-making.

The Residents Assembly in the past 20 years has not organized any activities, has not formulated (but ratified only) the master plan, has not raised any funds. Everything has been privatized.

 

A thorough investigation is needed in SAIIER’s criminal activities. Crores of the central government grants received specifically for research has been misspent: where are the reports of this research and what kind of research is it if there are no results, no publications of such “research”? It is fraud: grants were spent on anything but research. Grants were spent on salaries, tuitions for Aurovillian children, feeding them, taking them on tours, buying them expensive equipment.

 

LET SUCH RESPONSES TRIGGER NATIONAL DEBATE ON AUROVILLE

 

N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai

AUROVILLE RENAMED AUROVILLAGE

STORY OF DECEIT:  ANOTHER “VATICAN” AUROVILLE STATE HERE?

 

France was another great imperial power who decolonized after the Second World War although her reasons and methods were quite different from Britain. “Whereas the British realized the colonies were beginning to become a burden the French believed they had to re-assert their national prestige by keeping control of their colonies. This may explain why the French experience of decolonization was so different to Britain. French decolonization was bloody and bitter whereas Britain was quite peaceful and quite painless. France fought two costly and bloody wars over her colonies. The first of these was in Indo-China, which had been under French rule since the 19th Century. During the Second World War Indo-China was invaded and occupied by the Japanese.  Vietminh led by Ho Chi Minh fought a guerrilla war against the Japanese. At the end of the Second World War the French intended to retake control of Indo-China but before they could the Vietminh declared independence. Fighting broke out in 1946 and continued for eight years before the French suffered a massive defeat at Dien Bien Phu. This was the decisive point of the war with an armistice being signed soon after. France had lost much in the war including 91,000 men and their colony”.

 

“France’s African Empire started to decolonize after the humiliating defeat at Dien Bien Phu as riots spread across the French African states. France realized she could not hold her empire together anymore and begun decolonizing. All the French African colonies were granted their independence between 1956 and 1960 with the exception Algeria. Algeria held a unique place within the French Empire as it had been formally integrated into France thus making it not a colony but a part of France itself”.

 

“An armed rebellion led by the F.L.N. (Front d’Liberation National) in 1954 led to bloody civil war in Algeria. In 1958 General de Gaulle was persuaded to come out of retirement to end the conflict in Algeria. Charles De Gaulle realized that France could not win the war and that it would be a major strain on the economy to continue it. He begun talks for independence and he and the F.L.N. leader signed a settlement in 1962”.

 

French dream to colonize Pondicherry:

 

History of French in India is a monumental work written by Colonel G.B.Malleson, which narrates the events that lead to the founding of Pondicherry in 1674 to the capture of that place in 1761. In the reign of Louis XII, in the year 1503, two ships of the merchants of Rouen took to seas and were never heard thereof. This marks the first French attempt to set foot on Indian soil. Though many had the urge nothing concrete emerged. On June 1 1604 “a company was established under Kings letters patent, granting it exclusive trade for 15 years.” This also failed to take of due to faction feuds among the founders. 7 years later Louis XIII tried again in vain to activate the company. During 1615 two merchants sought transfer of the company to them, which was stiffly opposed by the company. Hence as compromise formula the King created a coalition of both sides and conferred on July 2, 1615 letters patent. The next year two ships set to sail to India. Commodore de Nets was in charge of the big vessel and Captain Antoine Beaulieu of the smaller vessel. The Dutch crew in Beaulieu’s ship obeying the diktats of their government left the vessel of Beaulieu. And Beaulieu had to dispose the ship and join the vessel of Commodore de Nets. In spite of all such travails the venture was profitable. So the company launched 3 more vessels on trip to India. “Montmorenci” with 162 men, 22 guns with 450-ton capacity, L’Esperance with 117 men, 26 guns and 400-ton capacity, “L’Hermitage” with 30 men, 8 guns and with 75-ton capacity, were placed under Beaulieu’s chief command. In that trip the Dutch sank L’Hermitage. Next 20 years no further efforts to reach east were undertaken. In 1642 a new company “La Compagnie des Indes with Richelieu was launched but before ships could set to sail he passed away. A resting place mid way to Indes became their passion. The first French vessel to Madagascar reached its shores in summer of 1642.The local people resisted French settlers. The company had to incur heavy losses in combating local people and ultimately gave up its claims to Madagascar in 1672.

 

In 1664 French “Compagnie des Indes” with a capital of 15,000,000 livres was formed. A charter by the Government granted the company exclusive rights for 50 years to trade with India with total exemption from taxation. Government also agreed to reimburse all losses if any. They first went for Madagascar. On March 7, 1665 with four ships and 520 men. They changed its name to Isle Dauphin. Earlier Portuguese had called it Saint Lawrence. The local revolt against French occupation continued and culminated in the fierce massacre of almost all within the walls of Fort Dauphine.

 

These abortive attempts gradually led to French setting foot on Indian soil and making it a colony of France.

 

Reason for India becoming a destination:

 

Why do all colonialists set their eye on India? It is needless here to narrate how French obtained a foothold on Indian soil and how they later became rulers. It is vital to know why India was colonized, be it by the British, French and the Portuguese?

 

“The East India Company was founded in 1600 to sell British woolen cloth to India. Their ships arrived in Surat in 1608 with vast quantities of broadcloth but the trade soon faltered and died out. What changed their fortunes was the discovery of cotton, which was completely unknown in the west,” says Ms. Crill who had coauthored a book Trade, Temple and Court: Indian Textiles from Tapi Collections.

 

Another author of the same book Ms.Ruth Barnes states that “Textile trade surfaces repeatedly in the social and economic histories of these times. For centuries textiles were crucial currency in the Indian Ocean trade. If you wanted a piece of the spice trade in the 14 th century, you did not have a chance unless you showed up in the Eastern Indonesia with high quality textiles.” Well these textile scholars have stated one reason for India being a popular destination for colonialists. Colonialists came to market their products but were drawn towards buying Indian fabrics. “ Millions of Indian cotton arrived in England at that time, so much so that the wool and linen weavers began to protest and a law prohibiting Indian textiles was passed in 1700” says Rosemary Crill of the V&A Museum, London in her book.

 

Decolonization of French India:

 

Let me quote verbatim the last rituals performed for decolonizing Pondicherry as written in the book Decolonization of French India, since I do not want to be drawn in controversies by writing a new version myself. “The procedure incorporated into the joint communiqué, which was simultaneously published from New Delhi and Paris, ran as follows Desirous of reaching a final settlement on the question of the French establishments in India, The government of India and the Government of the French Republic through their representatives in Delhi has engaged in negotiations. As a result of these negotiations the two governments have agreement on the following procedure. All elected members of the representative assembly and the Municipal Councils of the establishments will be met at a Congress on October 18 in the settlement of Pondicherry to consider the joint proposals of the two governments for a final settlement of the future of the settlements and record their decision on these proposals as an expression of the wishes of the people”.

 

“An arête of the Commissaire de la Pepublique was published on 11 October in the Journal official of Pondicherry with a view to acquainting the people the conditions of the consultation. The Pondicherry Government issued summons to the elected municipal members of the south Indian settlements and the Representative assembly to meet at Kizhur about 10 miles on the border of west of Pondicherry on 18 October at 10 o’clock to decide the future of the French settlements in India”.

 

“The members of the four settlements whose election was valid up to 1 st January 1954 had been asked to vote on that day either for the continuation of French rule in these settlements or for merger of these settlements with the Indian Union. The importance of the Congress and the necessity of the members to attend the Congress were expressed in a circular, which was signed by the Secretary General for French India and dispatched to the elected members accompanied by the topographical map of the place where the congress was to be held together with the admission card. There was a proposal to hold the congress at karaikal, but that was set aside. Kizhur, a tiny hamlet situated in Indian Territory was finally chosen in order to avoid the disturbances, which the presence of Goubert and Muthupillai might have provoked if the congress had been held at Pondicherry. Balasubramanian, President of the Representative Assembly acted as presiding officer of the Congress. Out of 178, 170 members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the merger with Indian Union and 8 voted against. The results were declared in the presence of Pierre Landy and Kewal Singh. The period of suspense was over”.

 

“The usual scene of excitement tension and violence, which had tainted previous elections in French India, was totally absent here in this hamlet. It was so to speak a parody of consultation. France had to agree to this as a sop to satisfy her constitutional requirements and India had to accept this verdict given by the members of the municipal councils and representative assembly whose elections she had protested as irregular. The signing of the treaty at New Delhi on 21 October followed this. The remaining 10 days witnessed the French India authorities make hectic preparations for total withdrawal from Pondicherry and Karaikal. As fixed earlier Escargueil left Pondicherry for France on 31 st October handing over charge to Pierre Landy. The French national flag was removed from the top of the Governors house in the evening of the same day. On 1 November of 1954 at 6.45 in the morning a document of transfer was signed between Pierre Landy representing France and Kewal Singh, Indian Consul general and Indian Commissioner designate in the official residence of the former. In Karaikal too Boucheney aided by Duvauchelle, an Officer of the foreign department who had recently arrived here, handed over power to the India administration”

 

“Immediately after this the Indian national flag was unfurled over the government house to the tumultuous ovation of thousands of people who had gathered there marking the close of seven-year tortuous negotiations. Throughout the day there was jubilation everywhere in Pondicherry, In Karaikal, in Mahe and in Yenam and the rest of India in this hour of joy. As a result of the historic decision taken at kizhur more than 3 lakh people rejoined their mother country India at the dawn of 1 November thereby ending 240-year-old French rule on the four settlements of South India”.

 

The people of India welcomed the residents of the erstwhile French settlements into the larger fold of Indian citizenship. “A part of India separated from the motherland is coming back to us on its own freewill” Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and President Rajendra Prasad said “we shall be equal partners in a common endeavor to work for the progress and prosperity of India” The congress of Kizhur facilitated the dissolution of French colonial rule in the French pockets, but French sovereignty over them continued legally till dejure transfer had taken place in 1962.

 

FRENCH AND FRENCH CITIZENS IN INDIA PRESENT STATUS:

 

The colonial rule created a new class of citizens, Indian born yet French citizens by option. These Indians have roots in Pondicherry but have their work and homes in France. For those left in the soil of Pondicherry France has constitutional arrangements to look after the interests of Indian born French citizens. This arrangement is unique and deserves close appraisal.

 

The notification issued by the Rastrapathi Bhavan recently had stated that hereafter the Ministry of Non Resident Indians will be named as Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in English and Pravasi Bharatiya Karya Mantralaya in Hindi. But within our country we have residing Non Resident French citizens but who Indians by birth but French citizens are by option. It will be interesting to compare with what French does for Overseas French affairs. When French left their former colonies, they left large sections who opted to become French citizens. There are more than 20 million French citizens living abroad in various former French colonies including Pondicherry, which is a Union Territory under Indian Union.

 

One hundred and fifty five delegates are elected by direct universal suffrage by the French communities abroad for a period of 6 years and this body is presided by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France.  French citizens in America elect 32 delegates and from Africa 47 seats thus the total of “A series of constituencies” is 79. In “B series” there are 76 seats and the break up is 52 seats from Europe and from Asia-Oceania and the Orient 24. Within these 24 seats two are chosen from Pondicherry. Half of the Electoral College is renewed every 3rd year.

All former colonies are divided into 52 electoral districts, with one or more delegates per district. A country may have several electoral districts, just as an electoral district may cover several countries.

 
French people residing abroad through their 155 representatives elect twelve Senators to French Parliament. They get elected one-third at a time for 8 years in 2004 and for 7 years in 2007 and for 6 years from 2010.Twelve personalities appointed by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs for six-year terms “by reason of their competence in matters concerning the general interests of France abroad”. They are renewed one-half at a time every three years.

 

The Constitution of 27 October 1946 (IVth Republic) stipulated that the new Parliament would comprise a National Assembly and a “Council of the Republic” (as the Senate was called until 1958) within which “the French of the Exterior” would be represented. This may be like our lower and upper houses in Parliament. The National Assembly pondered and decided how to effect this representation. It decreed, in a resolution dated 13 December 1946, that three “Councillor of the Republic” seats (out of 320) would go to personalities representing Non Resident French citizens living in Europe, America and Asia-Oceania-Orient respectively.

 

For more than two decade the following associations were looking after the interests of Non Resident French citizens in Paris. They are the Union of French Chambers of Commerce Abroad, the French Overseas Teachers Association, the Non-Resident French War Veterans Federation, and the Overseas French Union (Union des Français de l´étranger, UFE), founded in 1927. These four bodies mooted a suggestion for creation of a “high council” by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The then Prime Minister, Robert Schuman, and his Foreign Minister, Georges Bidault signed a Decree setting up the High Council for French People residing abroad. on 7 July 1948.

 
The first High Council was composed of 55 members: 8 ex officio members (the three Senator-Councillors of the Republic, the president and director of the UFE, the presidents of the Chambers of Commerce, of the Teachers Association and of the War Veterans Federation, 42 elected officials, and 5 members nominated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”.

 
The first CSFE elections of 1950 were held in seventy countries of Europe, America, Asia and Oceania, according to a protocol defined in a Ministerial Decree dated 10 December 1949 and signed by Robert Schuman..

 

Article 24 of the Constitution of 25 September 1958 states, “French nationals settled outside France shall be represented in the Senate.” Two Executive Orders were issued, on 15 November 1958 and 4 February 1959 respectively, for organizing this representation and providing the CSFE with new status. The CSFE, while retaining its advisory role, became the sole Electoral College for electing Senators from abroad.

 

 Their numbers   increased from three to six, two representing Europe and America, one representing Asia-Oceania and three representing Africa. It was thus divided into three sections for the Senatorial elections of 23 April 1959. The CSFE had 84 elected members   but it became clear that Europe and America were under-represented in comparison with Africa.  The number of Senators was therefore brought up to nine for 1962 elections.

 

After the creation of the Democratic Association of French Citizens Abroad (Association Démocratique des Français à l´Etranger – ADFE) in 1980, the CSFE was reconstituted in 1982. The Act of 7 June 1982 paved way for the election by universal suffrage of Delegates to the CSFE, which (with the exception of twenty-one members chosen for their competence but not having Senatorial voting rights) was no longer a body of appointed personalities. And the election of twelve Senators thereafter is only by the elected members of the CSFE.

 

The AFE is entrusted by law with the task of advising the Cabinet. The Minister of Foreign Affairs defines the objectives and priorities of the assembly chaired by him. The Senators place before the Senate, the National Assembly and the Economic and Social Council the propositions, motions, resolutions and wishes expressed by their electors. The twelve Senators, ex officio members of the AFE, can introduce Bills or legislative amendments reflecting the hopes and needs of French people living around the world.

 

British left India satisfied with getting 2 nominated M.P Seats in the Loksabha for Anglo-Indians. France did not plead for seats in the legislature for Franco-Indians. It worked out the above stated arrangements to manage the Indian born French nationals.

 

Problems galore left by colonial legacy:

 

In the colonies, decades, in some countries centuries of colonial rule had resulted in major changes. In many cases, the borders of the colonies had been unilaterally drawn by Colonial powers with little regard for ethnicity and history. The border disputes India has with its neighbours is a left over of the colonial legacy. The contiguity of Pondicherry is missing and the enclave territories separated by miles scattered as dots remain in Indian map, which is also an issue of the colonial legacy and poses problem for gaining statehood to be on par with other Indian states.

 

We in India are still facing the issues left by the colonial legacy. Let us see the experience of Singapore and Malaysia and the issues which will be of importance too from our standpoint. Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore stated once that “ empires never last forever, that either the master and subject races finally merged to a unified society or the empire ends with subject races clashes violently and finally emerging as separate nation and entity.” Ironically, his statement can equally be applied to the independent country of Malaysia where race and racial issues are still a sensitive and election issue. Ethnocentrism was and is still not something that can ever be stamped out.

 

The Kingdom at a Crossroads written by Marijke van der Meer tells the story of Surinam. In the late 18th century the British swapped their South American colony – now known as Surinam – for Manhattan, and then controlled by The Netherlands. For many years the Dutch reckoned they had the better of the of the deal, after all the British lost Manhattan quite quickly, while Surinam only gained its independence in on November 25 1975.

 

Professor Oostindie opines that there was not enough time to find solutions too many of Surinam’s long standing issues. “The Dutch government did whatever was necessary to accomplish independence,” he says, “basically this was done by not solving several problems such as the border dispute with Guyana. They offered more development aid than had been conceived of before and they said that all Surinamers, even five years after independence, would be eligible for Dutch nationality, stimulating an exodus to The Netherlands. Today there are just over 400,000 people in Surinam but there are 300,000 people of Surinamese descent in The Netherlands. The whole demographic growth of this nation has been in The Netherlands rather than Surinam. The offer of French citizenship to people of Pondicherry origin by the French created a similar exodus which needs a comparative study.

 

AUROVILLE INTERNATIONAL CITY

 

By historical accident India became a colony. It won independence. In British India, all became Indian citizens. But in French India, we still have French citizens of course Indian born. No one will find fault with this accidental occurrence of history. But they are not voting in Indian elections, but are electing Representatives to work under Foreign Ministry of French Parliament. Even this if we have to brush aside as accident of history, there is no need for international city. While the Mother of Ashram was alive lot of people donated their properties all over the India. She only registered a Trust in India’s Vanur Taluk, since there were no Trust laws in French India. Later after French India merged with Indian Union, she registered Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, inclusive of properties in and around Pondicherry. But all the properties throughout India were with Sri Aurobindo Society, a Marwari dominated society, under whose control Auroville was initiated, which ended in mismanagement and take over by Government of India. The Mother of Ashram hails from France and learnt occultism in Egypt. We have strong reservations about her international city concept. We link that dream to the other legacies left over by colonial rule, like French nationality which participates in French elections. Having lost French India, through her, France could have thought of bringing French men to reside in an international city. To practice yoga, many ashrams exist in India. Even along the East Coast Road, builders are planning New Cities, to meet the housing demand of growing population. This international city does not belong to that type of cities. Those cities are open to anyone who buys property there. But here they don’t admit Tamils as residents, allow mostly foreigners as residents, thereby sustaining the suspicion that this is another colony of the west in our midst.

 

POLITICS OF ANARCHY:

 

What political organization do you want for Auroville? To this question Mirra Alfasa replies: An amusing definition occurs to me: A divine anarchy. But the world will not understand. Men must be conscious of their psychic being and organize themselves spontaneously, without fixed rules and laws- that is the ideal. (Source: Draft II of a working paper on an international organization for Auroville September 2001)

 

Mirra Alfasa, as you said world in your time may not understand the DIVINE ANARCHY let loose by you, but in present day even a LKG child will understand that you are against the laws of the land and want to create a lawless society.

 

RE-COLONIZATION

 

A global campaign to raise $ 1 million or 5 crores by Mother’s birthday on 21 st February 2004. (From 1 st January to November 2003 $ 550.000 has been donated) This is twice the amount Land Fund usually receives in a year. An excellent boost for Land Fund, and the equivalent of about 65 acres of precious land for Auroville. (Source: Land Fund News Letter number 31 November- December 2003)

 

If $ 550,000 dollars can buy 65 acres what price is for 1 acre, and whether that price goes to the actual owner?

 

A SEPARATE CURRENCY

 

The mere idea of a separate currency for a community within India is the first step to establish a city state like Vatican here. Out of 191 member states of the world in United Nations, Vatican has opted out to remain outside the purview of UN, in spite of enjoying a status of a separate country. Similarly Aurovillians want to keep Auroville outside India and its constitution. THE FIRST STEP TO INTRODUCE AUROSE, a legal tender for Auroville is in place. (Source: Auroville News April 7 th 2001)

 

Who is the Finance Minister of this new state, not born out of Tamil extremism but a product of Auro extremism?

 

EMBASSY IN DELHI:

 

The newly yet to be independent country or a princely state or a colony of Kashmir Maharaja Hari Singh’s son Karan Singh intends to open an embassy in the National capital of Delhi. “There is a possible opening for an Auroville “embassy” in Delhi through the possible help from Indian Habitat Centre.” (Source: Auroville News Feb 19 th 2000)

 

Before attaining freedom from India Auro extremists want an embassy. Will government of India allow Nagaland and other claimants of separate nations to open an embassy in Delhi?

 

All these questions need a national debate. Let Aurobindo Ashram and Matrimandir along with followers of Aurobindo become one entity, one unit, one Trust or one Ashram, and let them live as Ashramites preaching their philosophy like other Ashrams in India. They can build ashrams from Kashmir, where Dr.Karan Singh will willingly donate his palace, to Kanyakumari. No one will object that. But the International City concept creates suspicion that it contains seeds like Vatican type state, and this should not be allowed, that too under a Government of India organization, answerable to Indian Parliament in letter and spirit. We cannot be taken for a ride by Utopian dreams that undermines our nation’s sovereignty. It was a dream to house 50,000 but after 40 years only 1619 people reside. Hence international city is dead, why does Indian Government sustain a dead city concept. Let Auro village become Auroashram.

 

N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai

 

AUROVILLE : TAMILS ALERT HRD MINISTRY

BEFORE PREACHING HUMAN UNITY DR.KARAN SINGH USHER UNITY AMONG 1619 AUROVILLE RESIDENTS and 1282 ASHRAM INMATES

 

First time in its history Auroville Foundation had realized that it is answerable to Indian public and is a Government of India organization and not one run by a neo-east India company. Under Right to Information Act they had partially provided the information sought, for which we thank the Secretary Mr.Ramasamy I.A.S, whose continuance irritates the whites conspiring to remove him. The rule by in-charge, who it seems, had amassed income beyond known sources of income dancing to the tune of the neo-colonialists suits vested interests who try always to clip the wings of clean officials.

 

Auroville Foundation in its reply No AF/G/4-A/2054 dated 23rd June 2008 states that “most of the areas of Auroville area lies in Villupuram District of Tamil nadu and comprises the Panchayats of Irumbai and Bommayarpalayam. Small area of this Auroville lands are in Kottakuppam, Rayapudukuppam, Mathur Panchayats and Alankuppam within the Union Territory of Pondicherry”

 

Thanks for the information given by Auroville Foundation. But we want to give additional information to Indian Government and Indian public. The villagers of Irumbai, Bommayarpalayam, Kottakuppam, Rayapudukuppam and Mathur Panchayats coming under Tamil Nadu Government had given representations to the District Collector of Villupuram District of Tamilnadu protesting the action of Tamilnadu Government giving in long lease government puramboke lands of these villages to Auroville Foundation. These representations are numerous signed by most of the villagers. For example to cite few representations, we would recall the memorandums dated 5.08.1998, 11.02.2002 and 20.10.2002. Not only memorandums, a peaceful Protest March also took place and in end a Memorandum was given to the famous Secretary-in-charge of Auroville Foundation. A copy of that memorandum was given to the District Collector. On that basis a tri-partite talks took place between the villagers and Auroville Foundation in the presence of Vanur Taluk Tahsildar, which ended in reaching no agreement. This is history of the continuing struggle of local Tamil people. Meanwhile Supreme Court Advocate Dr.L.M.Singhvi M.P writes a letter to then Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Selvi J.Jayalalitha on 16th February 2002. In his letter it is said:

 

Dear Dr.Jayalalitha

 

I would like to call on you, inter alia, with regard to the project of Auroville, which has rendered great service to the neighbouring villages of the Villupuram District of Tamilnadu.

 

The Auroville project has received an accolade and endorsement from UNESCO. It aims at Education for Human Unity. It has a spiritual dimension and provides for unprecedented experiments and innovations in science of consciousness and pedagogy, which have a national and international importance. A large number of children in Villupuram District will also be receiving quality education under the project.

 

Auroville Foundation enshrines the vision of Aurobindo, which was elaborated by the Mother as a concept of collective yoga. That vision is embodied in the Master Plan of Auroville, which had now been prepared and approved in consonance with the mandate of the Auroville Foundation Act 1988. The Master Plan was prepared with the active participation of Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India and has already been adopted and approved under the provisions of the Auroville Foundation Act. I am sending herewith a copy of the Master plan for your ready reference. I would request you to consider promulgating the Auroville Master plan and entrust the task of implementing all follow-up liaison measures to a designated officer of the Government of Tamilnadu.

 

As a Member of the Governing Board of the Auroville Foundation, I feel that this Master Plan will provide an excellent example of development and will benefit the entire bio-region in and around Auroville.

 

The development of Auroville, however, requires protection of the area from potential speculators, who want to take undue advantage of the ecological development made by Auroville. In order to achieve that objective the Tamilnadu Government has been approached by the Auroville Foundation for protection and help. It has been suggested that the Tamilnadu Government could issue an order in favour of Auroville Foundation similar to the one that had been issued, no one may develop, buy or sell any area, which falls within the Master Plan of Auroville, unless the Auroville Foundation gives a No Objection Certificate.

 

It would be gracious of you to extend your whole hearted support to the Auroville Project and its development which would be crucial at this juncture.

 

I would like to call on you personally to congratulate you and to explain the representation made by Auroville in the afternoon of March 2nd or March 3rd , if any of these dates is convenient to you.

 

I would also like you to visit Auroville whenever you can.

 

Yours sincerely

L.M.Singhvi

 

Addressed to: Dr.J.Jayalalitha, Poes Gaerdden, Chennai [as spelt in his letter]

 

In the party letter head of ALL INDIA ANNA DRAVIDA MUNNETRA KAZHAGAM dated 1st March 2002 J.JAYALALITHA, General Secretary A.I.A.D.M.K party, Chief Minister Designate of Tamilnadu, 81/80 Poes Garden, Chennai 600086 replies:

 

Dear Dr.L.M.Singhvi

 

I received your letter dated 16.02.2002 and thank you very much for the kind sentiments expressed therein.

 

I wish to inform you that I am in total agreement with you on the need to preserve the ecological balance attained in Auroville over the years, through its diverse and sustained efforts in fields such as development, environment, education and spirituality. I assure you that I will give my serious consideration to the request you made in this regard.

 

However, I think I may have to deny the pleasure of meeting you on March 2nd or 3rd in view of other occupations. I am sure we will be able to meet later. With kind regards, I remain. Yours sincerely J.Jayalalithaa

 

Addressed to :Dr.L.M.Singhvi M.P Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Formerly India’s High Commissioner in U.K. 18 Willingdon Crescent, New Delhi.

 

BIG NAMES AND REPUTED MEN ARE ADVOCATING THE AUROVILLE CAUSE BUT THERE IS NO MAHATHMA GANDHI TO SPEAK FOR THE TAMIL VILLAGERS. In whole of India only Mehta Patkar comes to memory, when it matters fighting for displaced people. In big dams though people are displaced, the benefits reach millions of people who get water and electricity out of such projects. But from Auroville project is anyone in nearby villages benefited? Take for example the condition imposed on villagers that they should get No Objection Certificate from Auroville Foundation if they want to sell their lands. The fundamental right is curtailed to benefit a single buyer, who can dictate the price. And while an area develops people living there for centuries in poverty get a centuries chance to get a good price for their lands to redeem their families from the clutches of poverty. This chance is curtailed by the neo-colony set up here in Tamil soil.

 

Dr.Kalaignar M.Karunanithi, current Chief Minister of Tamilnadu is a vociferous champion of State Autonomy. I would like to recall the State Autonomy Conference held at Annanagar of Chennai in 1970, wherein Punjab Chief Minister Gurnam Singh participated, in which I as Student DMK leader along with 4 other party functionaries of Puducherry handed over the State Autonomy Torch in the hands of Kalaignar.Kalaignar. He must know how East India Company obtained concessions from Indian Maharajas, who were blissfully unaware what future holds for their lands.

 

It may sound harsh statement. But I am duty bound to explain the reasons to Indian public.

 

To my question on how many Tamils are given citizenship in Auroville, or if this usage is not to your liking, how many Tamils are made Aurovillians, i.e. residents, the answer given by the Auroville Foundation is: “There is no separate enumeration of Tamil people of Auroville. Out of total 1619 Aurovillians, 472 are Indians” is the reply. Going through the information provided,

 

The approximate nationality wise break up is as follows : Americans 71, Argentinean  9, Australian 13, Austrian 9, 1 Bangladesh , Belgians 22, Brazilians 5, British 52, Canadian 27, Columbian 2, Dutch 72, Ethiopian 1, French 278, German 219, Hungarian 3, Israeli 6, Hungarians 3, Italians 79, Japanese 4, Kazak 1, Korean 11, Lithuanian 2,Moroccan 1, New Zealand 1, Russian 38, Ukrainian 21, Spanish 31, Srilankan 4, Sweden 11, Swiss 45, Tibet 7, Tunisia 1, Finnish 1, Bulgarian 1 Ethiopian 1, Irish 1. The Indians as per the statistics given are 472. [This will be corrected and updated soon]

 

1. Indian voter lists are available freely in internet. There never exists secrecy. Similarly instead of politicians like me seeking information under Right to Information Act, the Auroville Foundation must publish its residents list in its websites. It need not shy or avoid transparency. We have nothing against all foreigners staying there; our Tamil soil nourished in universal out look for centuries by our poets and philosophers considers humanity as one. “All country is our country, all men are our kinsmen” said our Great Poet Kaniyan Poongunran 2000 years ago. But we have strong reservations about some people sneaking into Tamil soil to make our sons of soil as second class citizens. The foreigners, few with criminal background, wanted in other countries, land here from countries with which India has no extradition treaty. They assume Indian pseudonym and their original names not known. Further Interpol red alerts or warnings are not updated in our CBI websites, neither the local police are aware of such Interpol warnings. The open admission by the BBC fame Mr.Carel Theime, of Auroville Working Committee that they just sent out only and one and only peadophile with a honourable farewell instead of handing over to Police thereby giving breathing time of few more years to Mr. Didier Kieme to continue his atrocities against children of Pondicherry till he was nabbed 4 more years after being sent out by Auriville, necessitated us, to campaign for publishing the original lists of Auroville residents with their nationality. It will help Intelligence Bureau to scan the list or it will help CBI to track down wanted criminals. Other foreigners who have clean records and original passports, who are really doing good to Tamil people, need not have any phobia about our campaign.

 

2. The admission by Auroville Foundation that it has only 472 Indians as its residents raised serious questions. The Aurobindo Ashram issues a Prosperity card to its inmates, which are more or less its membership list. As per 1999 list available with us the Ashram inmates are 1282 people. These 1282 people, if we take all of them as Aurobindo’s disciples in general, must have sought admission to become residents of Auroville. Naturally, Auroville is a dream of a French woman, they worship as their Mother, and Aurobindo Ashram inmates must have sought residence in Auroville. If they had sought, was it accepted or vetoed. If vetoed who vetoed it, and for what reason? Is Auroville exclusively a town for foreigners who are disciples of Aurobindo? Does it have place for Indian followers of Aurobindo or not? These questions the big names that associate with Ashram and Auroville must ponder and introspect.

 

3. Auroville has 1619 residents and Aurobindo Ashram has 1282 inmates. Is it written by Brahma in the head of Tamil people that they should become refugees in their own soil, parting their traditional lands, so that 3000 people can set up a colony in their midst ? They speak about human unity, and how can human unity be achieved by keeping away local Tamil people. Mother Theresa helped all the poor, why not such noble spirits exist in the Super minds of Aurobindonians? I have repeatedly charged that All Mutts in India are doing charity and only one ashram that does no charity is Aurobindo Ashram. Like Pakistan occupied Kashmir, the Ex-Kashmiri Maharaja ruled Auroville and like Indian side Kashmir, the Indian followers led by notorious egoist Mr.Manoj Das Gupta controlling the areas in Pondicherry, which they still proudly proclaim as white town, always feeling that colonialist are superior to Indians. Why this division? The Aurobindo-Mirra Alfasa samathi with Aurobindo Ashram, The Matrimandir with Auroville. After all both belongs to the followers of Aurobindo. I am not his follower. I am the follower of Aringnar Anna, wanting to establish Aringnar Anna Rationalist University under Aringnar Anna Foundation. I will not aspire anything within Aurobindo circle. But as rationalist, I could not see why there exists two Trusts one Government controlled Auroville Foundation and one Aurobindo Ashram Trust headed by the President’s chair that is kept vacant.

 

 If only foreigners understand Aurobindo’s philosophy, as it appears out of 1619 Auroville residents except 472 Indians, majority being foreigners, why not set up international city in a foreign country, than in a remote Tamil village ?

 

4. The Chairman of the Governing Board of Auroville Foundation Dr.Karan Singh, who hails from Kashmir owns Kashmiri Palace and he recently appeared in television and told that the rent he is getting is not lucrative. Dr.Karan Singh, my humble request to you, is please donate your Kasmir Palace to Auroville Foundation, set up an University there to propagate the philosophy of Aurobindo Ghosh, and people say you are a great scholar in that subject and can become the Vice Chancellor of that University. Instead of uprooting Tamil people from their traditional soil, go to your own soil where terrorism had wiped out all human unity from the minds of people filled with hatred towards each other; preach the gospel of human unity unmindful of terrorism. Mahatma Gandhi visited riot affected regions preaching the message of love and human unity. Why not you, after adoring so many posts under Government of India, lucky in a way from rest of the Maharajas who faded into oblivion with the abolition of privy purses by the Iron lady Indira Gandhi, spend rest of your like in your Kashmir teaching Aurobindo’s Human Unity concept, as you try to do here in a remote village called Auroville? A city which was originally planned for 50,000 people has only 1619 residents. It is less than miniature village. Hence I won’t hereafter call it international city, it is an international village, where so many trusts, sub trusts, show case their achievements with grandiose phrases and get all exemptions under the Sun in India, making us think it is tax haven that is why it attracts foreigners. We all know that only pirates searching for loot in mid seas and new lands were the early settlers in all colonies of the colonial era, subjugating indigenous people. Hence, sorry if we are suspicious about the real intention of the foreign settlers in our vicinity. We are cautious that history should not repeat. Should we remain nincompoops just because Dr.Karan Singh, who had not rehabilitated even his Kashmiri Pundits in Auroville, gives a clean chit to all Trusts, which are out of control by the Government created Auroville Foundation.

 

5. The larger question before Aurobindo’s followers is: The heirs of Mahatma Gandhi did not reap political benefits but other Gandhi’s, not his kith and kin, enjoyed uninterrupted power. Similarly the blood relatives of Aurobindo Ghosh were denied admission in Aurobindo Ashram, and they fought legal battles over Tampering of Aurobindo’s works by two Americans. It is a curse in India that all movements of great leaders and philosophers are hijacked by others who nourish their dynasties. I am not a warrior of your cause. All great names, who had filled their brains with every verse of Aurobindo, fight the colonial mind and their commercial trusts hidden under the guise of Auroville Foundation, masking their material aspirations under a spiritual camouflage. Liberate the Aurobindo ashram from the clutches of mismanagement and egoist life long Trustees, make it a place that treats Tamils too as human beings before they preach human unity to hoodwink the donors and world.

 

N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai

 

 

STATUS REPORT ON CASES CONCERNING AUROBINDO ASHRAM

AUROBINDO ASHRAM UNDER SCANNER

 

We live in days when Right to Information Act is passed, thanks to all those who fought for it to become a reality. Aurobindo Ashram Trust had all these days expelled people who raised their voices from within. Using food as weapon to subjugate inmates was shamelessly practiced by the Trustees headed by Mr.Manoj Das Gupta. All institutions and religions had faced internal problems, that had been dealt by punishing those who erred or by eliminating the misdeeds and doers. Only here ego makes Mr.Manoj Das Gupta shield all wrong happenings within. The list of cases given below should help the activists fighting under Right to Information Act, to cleanse the system.

 

Mr.Shyamsundar Jhunjhunwala, Editor of Aurobindo Action, octogenarian and famous among Aurovillians, and me joined hands in nineties to see that a hundred year and more old Distillery situated in Pondicherry beach which was drawing more than 2 lakh litres of ground water, shifted from beach to a inland location. Supreme Court Advocate Sanjay Parikh got us success in Supreme Court. But politicians were not willing to comply. It was made an election issue in 1996, and the new Government shifted the distillery. This contact made many from within Ashram approach me for guidance when they formed associations to air their grievances from within. If complaints like peadophilia and sexual harassment had been dealt with iron hands instead of shielding culprits, so much dirty linen about Ashram would not have been washed in public.The arrogance of the trustees is the root cause of all that goes wrong, only time will give them the average consciousness of a human being in a civilized society, to see wrong as wrong and to weed out weeds, not those who point out the wrong happenings.

 

  N.Nandhivarman, General Secretary Dravida Peravai]

 

 

LIST OF CASES AGAINST AUROBINDO ASHRAM TRUST MANAGEMENT & OTHER CONNECTED MATTERS AS ON 21. 06. 2008

 

 

1.1985 C.C. No. 4 of 1985     Pondicherry CID of Police vs. Sonali Mukherjee & Ashatit Poddar. CJM, Pondicherry Punishment under Sec. 324 and 309 of IPC for causing injuries and attempt to commit suicide.

Accused pleaded guilty and released on payment of fine amount.

 

2.1986 S.C. No. 34  of 1986   S. Bhattacharya Vs. Sonali Mukherjee  & Ashatit Poddar         Dist Sessions  Judge Court,Pondicherry Murder committed by Inmate.

Presently holding important Position in the Ashram Management.

Pending in S.C.

 

 

3.1988 Crl. A. No. 502 of 1988 Sonali Mukherjee vs. S. Bhattacharya

Madras High Court       Punishment under IPC for Murder committed by Inmate.

Pending in SC.

 

4. 1988 Crl. A. No. 509 of 1988 Ashatit Poddar vs. Bhattacharya

Madras High Court       Punishment under IPC for Murder committed by Inmate.

Pending in SC.

 

5.1994 Tax Case No. 734 of 1994 The Commissioner of Income Tax vs. Sri Aurobindo Memorial Fund High Court: Madras            Tax evasion in the name of charity

Disposed.

 

6.1996 C.S No. 1725 of 1996 SAAT Vs. Institute doe Researche Evolutive and

others   Madras High Court       Copyright

Compromised.

 

7.1996 F.A. No. 570 of 1996  Sri Aurobindo Ashram vs. Jean Valentine Helene

Madras High Court Appeal on Dining Room Partition Suit

Compromised.

 

8.1996 Cr.No. 316 of 1996     State rep by SHO, Kottakuppam vs. Kake Johar

& Pradip Lal    Kottakuppam P.S, Tamil Nadu Punishment under IPC for House breaking, Forcible dispossession and theft.

Closed.

 

9.1996 O.S. No. 1987 of 1996 Kuntala Rout vs. HCP, Managing Trustee        I ADM, Pondicherry Food and facilities denied. Arbitrary expulsion of inmate.

Dismissed.

 

 

 

10.1997C.C. No. 117 of 1997            Bailochan Parida vs. Subrato Gupta      CJM, Pondicherry        Punishment under IPC for Criminal intimidation, threat to life and Trespass committed against an inmate by person close to Ashram Management.

Compromised.

 

11.1997 Cr. No. 64 of 1997 Odian Salai Police Station, Pondicherry SHO rep. by Odian Salaai P.S.,  Pondy Vs. Vasant Kumar Pati       CJM, Pondicherry        Punishment under IPC for Forgery and impersonation &  Money Swindling Rs. 45/- Lakhs.. By an Inmate close to Ashram Management.

Case Closed without trial. Accused discharged.

 

12.1997 O.P. No. 22 of 1997  N. Nandhivarman vs. SAAT & Trustees

PDJ, Pondicherry Furnishing of Audited statement of Assets and properties and accounts.

After 4 lawyers engaged backtracked petitioner gave up unable to spend more after exhausting nearly 8 years

:Dismissed.

 

13.1997 O.S No. 91 of 1997   Bailochan Parida vs. SAAT & Trustees III ADM,

Pondicherry Arbitrary expulsion and denial of Food and facilities.

Withdrawn by Plaintiff.

 

14.1997 O.S. No. 12 of 1997  Inmates’ Assn vs. Registrar of Companies, Saat and others       III ADM, Pondicherry            Arbitrary expulsion and denial of Food and facilities.      Dismissed.

 

15.1997 O.S. No. 89 of 1997  S Jivarajani vs. SAAT &Trustees          III ADM,

Pondicherry      Arbitrary expulsion and denial of Food and facilities.

Dismissed.

 

16.1997O.S. No. 90 of 1997   D. Agarwal vs. SAAT &TrusteesIII ADM, Court,

Pondicherry

Arbitrary expulsion and denial of food and facilities.

Dismissed.

 

17.1997 O.S.No. 89 of 1997   Kamal Dora vs. SAAT& Trustees        III ADM,

Pondicherry      Arbitrary expulsion and denial of Food and facilities.

Dismissed

 

18.1997Scheme Suit -Not numbered filed in 1997   N. Nandhivarman vs. SAAT

& Trustees PDJ, Pondicherry    Scheme Suit to frame rules and remove Trustees.

For nearly 8 years unnumbered case went on with lawyers engaged returning papers. Dismissed.

 

 

 

19.1998O.S. No. 287 of 1998 Banchanidhi vs. SAAT and others         III ADM,

Pondicherry Arbitrary expulsion and denial of Food and facilities.

Dismissed.

 

20.1998 O.S. No. 37 of 1998  Kamal Dora vs. SAAT and the another III ADM,

Pondicherry Arbitrary expulsion and denial of Food and facilities.

Dismissed

 

21.1998 Civil Rule No. 113(SH) of 1998 The Holy Mother of Aurobindo Ashram of Pondicherry vs. State of Meghalaya and ors.            HIGH COURT OF GAUHATI (SHILLONG BENCH)

Renewal of Land Lease.

Allowed.

MOTHER WHO WAS NOT ALIVE FILED A SUIT AND WON THEREBY CREATING A LANDMARK PRECEDENT.

 

22.1999 C- 2598 of 1999Anil Ghosh Vs. Manoj das Gupta & 9 others.CJM, Alipore,

Calcutta Punishment under IPC offences for Forgery, Cheating and conspiracy by Trustees & others.

Charges framed against Accused.

 

23.1999 CRR No. 1966 of 1999 HCP & others Vs. Anil Ghosh Calcutta High Court  Forgery, cheating and Conspiracy by Trustees & others.

Dismissed

 

24.1999 O.S. No. 57 of 1999  SAA Inmates’ Assn. Vs.SAAT and others III ADM,

Pondicherry      Suit for production of Accounts.

Dismissed

 

25.1999 S.C. No. 61 of 1999  State rep. by Inspector of Police Grand Bazaar P.S Vs. Kamal Shah and others Dist. Sessions Judge, Pondicherry

Rape & Murder committed by Inmate close to Ashram Management.

The brother of the accused is also accused is absconding.

Life imprisonment for A-1.

 

 

26.1999 Title Suit No. 117 of 1999    M. Guha Vs. SAAT & Trustees Munsif Court, Krishnanagar, Bengal    Tampering of Aurobindo`s works-Savitri by Trustees & others

Dismissed.

 

 

 No. 467 of 1999 S. Roy vs. SAAT       Calcutta High Court

PIL for removal of Trustees

Dismissed

 

28.2000 Tax Case No. 127 of 2000 The Commissioner of Income Tax vs. Sri Aurobindo Memorial Fund       High Court of Madras

Tax evasion in the name of charity

Disposed.

 

29.2000 C.C. No. 338 of 2000 Murugavel vs. RK Selvarajan

SDM, Pondicherry Punishment under IPC for Criminal Defamation.       Accused acquitted.

 

30.2000 C.M.A. No. 7 of 2000 SAAT vs. Kamal Dora PDJ, Pondicherry

Arbitrary expulsion and denial of food and facilities.

Closed.

 

31.2000 Crl. O.P No. 23831 of 2000 R.K. Selvarajan vs. IGP, Pondicherry

Madras High Court

Punishment under IPC for Forgery, impersonation and cheating

Directions to IGP given to REGISTER MAIL Complaint.

 

32.2000 HRCOP No. 95of 2000R.K.S Vs SAATPDM, Pondicherry

Forgery, impersonation and cheating

Pending.

 

33.2000 I.A. No. 270 of 2000 SAA Inmates’ Assn. Vs SAAT and others        PDJ, Pondicherry         Appeal for production of accounts.

Dismissed.

 

34.2000 O.S. No. 338 of 2000 SMV vs. RKS (SAAT Property)

ASJ, Pondicherry Defamation Suit

Dismissed.

 

35.2000 Tax Case No. 28 of 2000 Sri Aurobindo Ashram Harpagon Workshop Trust vs. Asst. Commissioner of IT High Court of Madras

Cases filed challenging Income Tax.

Disposed.

 

36.2000 Tax Case No. 266 of 2000 Sri Aurobindo Ashram Harpagon Workshop Trust vs. Asst. Commissioner of IT High Court of Madras

Cases filed challenging Income Tax.

Disposed.

 

 

37.2000 Tax Case No. 270 of 2000   Sri Aurobindo Ashram Harpagon Workshop Trust vs. Asst. Commissioner of IT

High Court: Madras

Cases filed challenging Income Tax.

Disposed.

 

38.2001 CRP No. 2230 of 2001SAAT & others Vs. Jayasree Prasad and others High Court of Madras

Disciplinary.

Disposed.

 

39.2001 CRP No. 2534 of 2001Jayashree Prasad & others Vs. SAAT & others         High Court: Madras      Challenging Disciplinary action.

Disposed.

 

40.2001O.S. No. 215 of 2001 Hemlata vs. SAAT & others     I ADM, Pondicherry     Challenging Expulsion

Closed.

 

41.2001 C.C. NO. 610 of 2001 Inmates Assn. vs. SAAT & others      JMI, Pondicherry          Punishment under IPC for Cheating

Complaint Dismissed

 

42.2001 Cr.R.P.No. 1 of 2001 R.K. Selvarajan Vs.S.Murugavel

Addl. Sessions Judge, Pondicherry        Discharge on Crl.

Defamation on Property Scam reported in Media.

Discharge Revision

Dismissed.

 

43. 2001 Appeal (Crl.). No. 2799 of 2001 Union Territory of Pondicherry Vs. Sonal Mukherjee and others    Supreme Court of India

Petition(s) for Special Leave to Appeal (Crl.) No. 2799-2800/2001 (From the judgment and order dated 22/09/2000 in CRLA 502/88 and 509/88 of

The HIGH COURT OF MADRAS)

Disposed.

 

44.2001 Appeal(Crl.).No. 2800 of 2001Union Territory of Pondicherry Vs. Sonal Mukherjee and others        Supreme Court of India Petition(s) for Special Leave to Appeal (Crl.) No. 2799-2800/2001 (From the judgment and order dated 22/09/2000 in CRLA 502/88 and 509/88 of The HIGH COURT OF MADRAS)

Disposed

 

 

45.2001 Crl. appeal No. 673 of 2001

Sonali Mukherjee vs. Bhattacharya S.

Supreme Court of India

Punishment under IPC for Murder committed by Inmate.

Pending.

[To be taken up soon, SC journalists please track this case… N.N]

 

46.2001 Crl.O.P.NO. 16790 of 2001 R.K. Selvarajan Vs.

S.Murugavel     Madras High Court

Discharge on Crl.Defamation on Property Scam reported in Media        Discharge

Revision Dismissed.

 

47.2001 CRP No. 195 of 2001 SAAT & another vs. Kamal

Dora    Madras High Court

Arbitrary expulsion and denial of Food and Facilities.

Allowed.

 

48.2001Misc. Appeal No. 20 of 2001M. Guha vs. SAAT & Trustees IV ADJ, Nadia

Tampering of Aurobindo’sWorks

Dismissed

 

49.2001 O.S. No. 253 of 2001 Jayshree & others Vs. SAAT & others

I ADM, Pondicherry     Suit challenging Show Cause Notice.

Dismissed on 09.03.2007.

 

50.2001 O.S. No. 769 of 2001 Srikant J vs. SAAT &

Others  II ADM, Pondicherry   Criminal Defamation

Acquitted.

 

51.2001 OS NO. 298 of 2001 RK Selvarajan vs. SAAT PDM, Pondicherry

To declare the shady deal as null and void.

Pending.

 

52.2001 STR No. 864 of 2001 Hemlata vs. HCP and others   JMI, Pondicherry         Criminal Defamation

Acquitted

 

53.2001 Suit No. 985 of 2001 Debkumar Ghosh vs. SAAT & others Delhi High Court

Copyright Suit

Pending.

 

54.2001 T. No. 581 of 2001Mandeep Mishra and others Vs. Union of India, SAAT

& Trustees       Calcutta High Court

PIL on the ground of Tampering Aurobindo’s Works

Pending.

55.2002 CRP PD No. 1050 of 2002   SAAT & others Vs. Jayasree Prasad & others  High Court: Madras

Disciplinary.

 

56.2002 CRP PD 787 of 2002 SAAT & others Vs. Hemalata High Court of Madras  Enquiry Commission.

Disposed.

 

57.2002 CMA NO. 1 of 2002            SAAT & others Vs. Srikanth    PDJ, Pondicherry

Appeal on mandatory injunction of implementing MOU passed by II ADM.       Allowed.

 

58.2002 Cr Appeal No. 836 of 2002  Bhattacharya S. vs. Sonali Mukherjee & State

Rep. by Pondicherry police.      Supreme Court of India

Punishment under IPC for Murder committed by Inmate.

Pending.

 

59.2002 Crl. Appeal No. 835 of 2002 Bhattacharya. S. Vs. Asthatit Poddar

Supreme Court of India

Punishment under IPC for Murder committed by Inmate.

Pending.

 

60.2002 CRR. NO. 2731 of 2002 MDG & others Vs. Anil Ghosh      Calcutta High

Court   Forgery, Cheating and Conspiracy

Allowed.

 

61.2002 O.S. N. 668 of 2002  Hemlata vs. SAAT & others     I ADM,

Pondicherry

Arbitrary expulsion and denial of food and facilities.

Pending.

 

62. 2002 W.P. No. 40514 of 2002 E. Dakshnamourthy Vs SAAT &

Others  Madras High Court       PIL for removal of Trustees

Pending.

 

 

63.2003 C.O. No. 2915 of 2003 Marjana Guha vs. SAAT and

Others  Calcutta High Court      Tampering Aurobindo’s Works

Dismissed.

 

64.2003 O.S. NO. 663 of 2003 Bailochan Parida vs. SAAT and

Others  I ADM, Pondicherry

Pending.

 

 65.2003 STR. No. 248 of 2003 State Rep. by SHO Grand Bazaar P.S. vs. Sunil Rajpal          CJM, Pondicherry

Trespass & wrongful restraint by Ashram Vasant close to Management.

Accused Acquitted.

 

66.2003 TOP NO. 11/2003 R.K. Selvarajan vs. SAAT & another       PDJ, Pondicherry         Transfer in House Grabbing

Closed.

 

67.2004 C.C. No. 173 of 2004 PP Raghavachary vs. Manoj Das Gupta and 9 others.       CMJ, Pondicherry

Punishment under IPC for House Breaking & Forcible Dispossession of inmate by Trustees & their henchmen.

Accused Discharged.

 

68. 2004 C.M.A. No. 18 of 2004 Patit Paban Ghosh Vs SAAT

And others ASJ, Pondicherry

Arbitrary expulsion and denial of food and facilities.

Pending.

 

69.2004 C.M.A. No. 23 of 2004 SAAT and others Vs. Raghavachary

ASJ, Pondicherry

Arbitrary denial of Food and facilities and harassment

CMA filed by SAAT & Trustees dismissed on 30.01.2007.

 

70. 2004 C.R.P. (PD) No. 860 of 2004 SAAT & others VS.

Bailochan Parida Madras High Court

Arbitrary expulsion and denial of Food and facilities.

Remanded to Lower Court.

 

71.2004 C.R.P. P.D NO 2369 of 2004  SrikanthVs SAAT and

Others  Madras High Court

Mandatory Injunction of implementing MOU.

Dismissed.

 

72.2004 Crime No. 28 of 2004 CB-CID, Tamilnadu, Chennai CB CID, T.N. Police Vs.

Vasant Pati     JM, Chennai

Medical Seat cheating by rowdy close to Management.

Pending.

 

 73.2004 Crl. M.P. No 1301 of 2004 in Crime No. 2 of 2003 by CID Police,

Pondicherry    Manoj Das Gupta vs. State Rep. be CID Police, Pondicherry

PDJ, Pondicherry

Anticipatory Bail by Ashram Managing Trustee in a   property scam.

Enlarged on Bail.

 

74.2004 Crl. R.C. No. 653 of 2004 SAA Inmates’ Association

Vs. Manoj Das Gupta and others          Madras High Court

Punishment under IPC Cheating by Trustees

Pending.

 

75. 2004 CRP N.P.D. No. 2641 of 2004 Kamal Dora vs. SAAT and

Another Madras High Court

Challenging abatement of Suit

Dissmissed.

 

76. 2004 O.S. No. 156 of 2004 PP Raghavachary vs. SAAT and others PDM, Pondicherry

Forcible Dispossession of inmate by Trustees.

Pending.

 

77.2004 O.S. NO. 478 of 2004 Patit Paban Ghosh Vs.SAAT and others         III ADM,

Pondicherry      Arbitrary expulsion and denial of food and facilities.

Pending.

 

78. 2004 Professional Conduct Complaint No. 59 of 2004   SAAT rep. by Dr. Dilip Datta vs. PP Raghavachary      TN. Bar Council

Complaint made by SAAT with the allegations of divulging of information.

Complaint dropped as no prima facie case was made out.

 

79. 2004 S.L.P. No. 3919 of 2004 Anil Ghosh vs. MDG and 9 others

Supreme Court of India

Tampering Aurobindo’s works

Pending.

 

80.2004 STR No. 379/05 Crime No. 314 of 2004Villanur P.S. Vs.

Kasinath.JMI, Pondicherry

Criminal Assault committed by inmate close to Management,

On a woman worker

Acquitted

 

81. 2004 STR No. 7919 of 2004 in Crime No. 213 of 2004   Muthiyalpet P.S. VsJM I I, Pondicherry

Sexual Harassment committed by inmates close to Management.

Accused discharged.

 

 

82. 2005 C.C. No. 170 of 2005 in Crime No. 2 of 2003 by CID Police, Pondicherry   CID Police, Pondicherry, Vs. S.Murugavel and others CJM, Pondicherry       Punishment under IPC for offences of forgery, cheating, impersonation and Criminal Conspiracy and acquisition of  Property by Ashram Management by

Fraud.

Pending.

 

83. 2005 C.C. No. 233 of 2005 in Crime No. 202 of 2005 (Odiansalai P.S.) Odian Slai P.S vs. Vasant Pati    CJM, Pondicherry

Punishment under IPC for Criminal Trespass & Threat to life (506(2))   Accused Acquitted.

 

84. 2005 C.R.P. (PD) NO. 1628 of 2005 S. Murugavel vs. RKS & SAAT     Madras High Court       Revision on the ground of under valuation of Suit.

Dismissed on 27.10.2006

 

85.2005 CMA No. 7 of 2005 SAAT and 5 others Vs. Hemlata ASJ Pondicherry        Appeal on denial of food, shelter and facilities.

CMA filed by SAAT & Trustees dismissed on 30.01.2007.

 

86.2005 CMA No. 35 of 2005 Jayasree & others Vs.SAAT and others ASJ, Pondicherry.     Arbitrary expulsion and denial of Food and Facilities.

CMA filed by SAAT & Trustees dismissed on 30.01.2007.

 

87.2005 Crl. Appeal No. 477 of 2005 Hemlata vs. Veda Praksh Johar & others

Madras High Court Defamation of a Woman inmate.

Pending.

 

88.2005 Crl.O.P. 16626 of 2005 Hemlata vs. Veda Praksh Johar & others     Madras High Court       Defamation of a woman inmate.

Disposed.

 

89.2005 Crl. R.C. No. 1601 of 2005  PP Raghavachary vs. Manoj das Gupta and 8 others     High Court, Madras

Punishment under IPC for House Breaking, theft and Threat to life.

Pending.

 

90.2005 I.A. No. 21 of 2005 in UN. – Numbered As No. of 2005Kamal Dora vs. SAAT     PSJ, Pondicherry

Arbitrary expulsion and denial of Food and facilities

Pending.

 

91.2005 O.S. No. 409 of 2005 Jayashree P & 4 others Vs. SAAT & 5 others I ADM, Pondicherry

Arbitrary expulsion and denial of food and facilities.

Pending.

 

92.2005 SLP NO. 11463 -11464    /2005 Srikant vs. SAAT & 4

Others  Supreme Court of India

Injunction.

Dismissed.

 

93.2005 STR NO. 4900 of 2005 Crime No. 31 of 2005 (Muthialper P.S)     Muthialpet P.S. vs. Vasant Pati & Rajnish Rai       JM-I I, Pondicherry

Criminal Trespass & Violence

Pending.

 

94. 2005 TCMP No. 267 of 2005 Sri Aurobindo Ashram Harpagon Workshop vs. Asst. Commissioner of IT High Court: Madras

Petition on the objections raised by the Income Tax Department.

Disposed.

 

95.2005 TCMP No. 268 of 2005 Sri Aurobindo Ashram Harpagon Workshop vs. Asst. Commissioner of IT  High Court: Madras

Petition on the objections raised by the Income Tax Department.

Disposed.

 

96.2005 TCMP No. 269 of 2005 Sri Aurobindo Ashram Harpagon Workshop vs. Asst. Commissioner of IT  High Court: Madras

Petition on the objections raised by the Income Tax Department.

Disposed.

 

97.2005 CRP No. 2272 of 2005 Mayura Malliah vs. SAAT High Court: Madras         Fixation of Fair Rent

Disposed.

 

98.2006 C.C. No 16/2006 (Crime No. 297/05, Grand Bazaar P.S)  Grand Bazaar P.S. Vs.

Vasant Pati & Nirmal Swain CJM, Pondicherry

Punishment under IPC for witness tampering, criminal intimidation and Wrongful Restraint

Pending.

 

99. 2006 Crime No. 1 of 2006 by Orleanpet P.S. SHO, Orleanpet P.S. Vs.

Bimal, Jithu and Jeyabal            Chief Judicial Magistrate

Crime under Protection of Civil Rights Act.

Pending investigation

 

100.2006 Crime No. 164/2006 SHO, Grand Bazar PS

Attempt to Trespass & House Breaking

Pending Investigation

 

101.2006 CC. No. 411/2007 in Crime No. 85/2006 (Muthialpet P.S.) SHO Muthialper P.S. vs. Bimal & 3 others   JM I I, Pondicherry

Fraud, Forgery, Cheating, & Impersonation by Ashram inmates close to Management.

Pending Investigation.

 

102.2006 Crl. O.P 13433 of 2006 Nivedita Rout Vs. SI of Police, Muthialpet,

Pondicherry      Madras High Court

Punishment for committing Forgery, Cheating & Conspiracy

Pending

 

103. 2006 Crl. O.P. 24421 of 2006 Devbrat Das vs. SHO, Muthialpet, P.S.,

Pondicherry & others    Madras High Court

Transfer of the Session case from Pondicherry Court to any other Court in

Tamilnadu.

Pending.

 

104.2006 Revision Petition No. 3 of 2006 against Orders in Professional Conduct Complaint No. 59 of 2004 SAAT rep. by Dr. Dilip Datta vs. PP Raghavachary            Bar Council of India

Revision preferred by SAAT to set aside TNBC Order dated 06.08.2005.

Revision Petition Allowed.

Stayed by BCI in the Review Petition filed by PP Raghavachary.

 

105.2006 O.S. No. 1371 of 2006 Vasant Pati vs. SAAT and another III ADM, Pondicherry

Suit for a permanent injunction

Decreed on 18.04.2007.

 

106. 2006 Crl. R.C. No. 582 of 2006 Ramnath Patnaik Vs M.Anbazhagan     Madras High Court       Punishment under IPC for Breach of Peace & Tranquility.

Pending.

 

107.2006 Crl.R.C. No. 280 of 2006   S.Murugavel Vs Inspector of

Police (CID), Poncicherry         Madras High Court

Discharge of the accused.

Dismissed.

 

108. 2006 M.C. No. 421 of 2006 U/s 145 Cr.P.C.A-PARTY

M.Anbazhagan, B-PARTY Gayadhar Ramnath & 5

Others  SDM, Pondicherry

Criminal Breach of Peace and Public tranquility

Pending.

 

 

109.2006 O.S. No. 533 of 2006 Nivedita Rout Vs

Abvazhagan      I ADM, Pondicherry

Injunction involving Ashram inmates

Pending

 

110.2006 O.S. No. 534 of 2006 P.C. Rout Vs. Anbazhagan    I I ADM,

Pondicherry

Injunction involving Ashram inmates

Pending.

 

111.2006 O.S. No. 566 of 2006 Heritage Builds. Vs Bimal &

Others  I I I ADM, Pondicherry

Injunction involving Ashram inmates

Pending.

 

112.2006 O.S. No. 583 of 2006 Gayadhar Dash Vs Heritage I I I

ADM, Pondicherry       Injunction involving Ashram inmates

Pending.

 

113.2006 O.S. No. 584 of 2006 Ramanth Patnaik. Vs Heritage Builders & another      I I I

ADM, Pondicherry       Injunction involving Ashram inmates

Pending.

 

114.2006 Review Petition (Criminal) No. 75 of 2006 Anil Ghosh Vs. Manoj Das

Gupta & 9 others          Supreme Court of India

Tampering of Aurobindo’s Works

Dismissed.

 

115.2006 S.L.P No 4830 of 2006 S.Murugavel vs. Inspector of Police CID, Pondicherry        Supreme Court of India

For discharging the Accused Person

Dismissed.

 

116.2006 SC. No. 30/2006 in FIR- Crime No. of 61/2004

(Muthial Pet P.S.)         Muthialpet P.S. vs. Rani, & 7 others.    ASJ, Pondicherry

Suicide leaving a death note

Pending.

 

117.2006 CRP PD 841 of 2006 Nibedita Rout vs. Anbazhagan High Court: Madras   Apartment Cheating case.

Pending.

 

118.2007 CRP No. 255 of 2007 T. Mayura Malliah vs. SAAT High Court: Madras             Pending

.

119.2007 Crl. O.P. No.    2879 of 2007 PP Raghavachary Vs. State rep. by SHO, Grand Bazar P.S., Pondicherry & 2 Others  High Court, Madras      Transfer of Crl. Case from Pondicherry Court to any other Court in Tamilnadu.

Dismissed on 06.02.2007.

 

120. 2007 Criminal Review Petition No. 29 of 2007 S. Murugavel vs. Inspector

Of Police CID, Pondicherry      Supreme Court of India

For Discharging the Accused Person

Dismissed on 30.10.2007.

 

121.2007 8/341/2007/NCW/SS/NK Devaki Rout vs. Dr.Dilip Kumar Datta         National Commission for Women

Sexual Harassment by Dr. Datta, Executive Trustee of Ashram Trust

Pending.

 

122.2007 SLP (Civil) No. 2223/2007 S. Murugavel vs. RKS & SAAT

Supreme Court of India

Challenging the Stamp duty of a property in a scam.

Pending

 

123.2007 O.S. No. 201 of 2007 Harekrishna Das vs. SAAT & 6 others, Puducherry   Arbitrary expulsion and denial of food and facilities.

Pending.

 

124.2007 SLP (Criminal) 1967/2007 PP Raghavachary vs. SHO Grand Bazar P.S. & 2 others          Supreme Court of India

Transfer Criminal Case CC No. 16/2006 on the file of CJM, Pondicherry to any court in Tamilnadu

Disposed.

 

125.2007 SLP(C) No. 3217 of 2007 (DN 8988/2007            Kamal Dora vs. SAAT             Supreme Court of India

Challenging abatement of suit.

Withdrawn.

 

126.2007 C.M.A. No.10 of 2007 Harekrishna Das vs. SAAT & others

Addl. Sub. Court, Pondicherry

Arbitrary expulsion and denial of food and facilities.

Pending.

 

127.2007 C.R.P. NPD   No. 1239 of 2007     Kamal Dora vs. SAAT High Court: Madras      Fraud on Court, wrongful dismissal of suit denial of food etc.

Dismissed.

 

128.2007 Review Petition No. 3 of 2007 against Orders in Rev. Pet. No. 3/2006 by BCI      PP Raghavachary Vs. SAAT rep. by Dr. Dilip Datta   Bar Council of India      Review preferred by PP Raghavachary to set aside BCI Order dated 20.01.2007.        Disciplinary proceedings Stayed by BCI on 02.02.2008.

 

129.2007 C.No.9211 (14)/CIT/PDY/2007-08 RTI Application filed by PP Raghavachary       C IT, Pondicherry         For furnishing of information of Accounts of SAAT  Application allowed but information not furnished.

 

130.2007 C.No.9211 (15)/CIT/PDY/2007-08 RTI Application filed by PP Raghavachary       C IT, Pondicherry         for furnishing of information of Accounts of SA Udyog Trust.

Application Rejected.

 

131.2007 F.No. H.Q. 27A (2)/2007-08 RTI– First Appeal by SAAT.            CCIT-VI CHENNAI   Appeal against furnishing of information of Accounts of SA  Ashram Trust.        No orders passed within the statutory period of 45 days.

 

132.2007 F.No. H.Q. 27A(1)/2007-08 RTI- First Appeal by PP Raghavachary CCIT-VI CHENNAI            For furnishing of information of Accounts of SA Udyog Trust.

No orders passed within the statutory period of 45 days.

 

133.2008 CIC/PB/A/2008/00016 RTI- Second  Appeal by PP Raghavachary CIC, New Delhi           For furnishing of information of Accounts of SA Ashram Trust.    Pending.

 

134.2008 CIC/PB/A/2008/00015 RTI– Second Appeal by PP Raghavachary CIC- New Delhi          For furnishing of information of Accounts of SA Udyog Trust.

Pending.

 

135.2007 AS No. 20/07 SAAT vs. Vasant Kumar Pati Prl. Sub Judge, Puducherry      Challenging the Suit for a permanent injunction

Pending.

 

136.2007 AS No.  24/07 Jayashree Prasad vs. SAAT & 5 others        Prl. Sub. Judge, Pondicherry Appeal against the dismissal of suit challenging show-cause notice.  Pending.

 

137.2007 TOP No. 85/07 Jayashree Prasad vs. SAAT & 5 others. PDJ, Pondicherry  Transfer of connected suits to any one of the Munsif Courts.

Pending.

138.2007 CRP (PD) No. 3037/07 SAAT vs. Hemlata High Court: Madras     Denial of Food and basic needs of inmates.

Pending.

 

139.2007 CRP (PD) No. 3314/07 SAAT vs. Jayashree P & 4 others. High Court: Madras      Denial of Food and basic needs of inmates.

Disposed off.

 

140.2008 Crime No. 18/2008 SHO, Muthialpet Vs.Bailochan Parida SDM, Pondicherry         Breach of Peace u/s 107 of Cr.P.C.

Closed.

 

141.2008 Crime No. 21/2008 SHO, Muthialpet Vs.Bailochan Parida & 2 others.        Judicial Magistrate II, Pondicherry Sec. 294, &323 of IPC

Pending investigation.

 

142. 2008 Crime No. 22/2008            SHO, Muthialpet Vs.Mousumi Ghosh Judicial Magistrate II, Pondicherry Sec. 294, &323 of IPC

Pending investigation.

 

143.2008 HRCOP. No. 10 of 2008 Dilip Ghosh Dastidar vs. Bailochan Parida PDM, Pondicherry

Restoration of Electricity.

Pending.

 

144.2008\O.S. No. 94/2008    Dilip Ghosh Dastidar vs. Bailochan Parida         I ADM, Pondicherry

Suit for injunction.

Pending.

 

145.2008\Special Leave to Appeal (Civil) No(s).2883/2008            Kamal Dora vs. SAAT Supreme Court of India\Expulsion & Denial of Food and basic needs of inmates.   Dismissed.

 

146.2008 CRP (PD) No. 1432 of 2008\SAAT & 5 others Vs. PP Raghavachary

High Court: of Madras

Denial of Food and basic needs of inmates.

Pending.

 

147.\    2008    CMA No. 10 of 2008  Srikant J vs. SAAT & 5 others Prl. Sub Judge

Pondicherry      Breach of MOU-Injunction restraining appointment of a new Trustee     Pending.

 

148.2008/T.O.P. No. 85 of 2007\Jayashree Prasad & 5 others Vs. SAAT & others    Prl. District Judge at Pondicherry            Transfer of Suits

Pending.

149.2008\TC No. 153/2008\SAA vs. Dy Commissioner of Income Tax

High Court of Madras   Tax matter.

Pending

 

150.2008TC No. 154/2008 SAAT vs. Dy Commissioner of Income Tax

High Court of Madras

Tax matter.     Pending

 

151.2008TC No. 155/2008 SAAT vs. Dy Commissioner of Income Tax          High Court:

Madras            Tax matter.

Pending

 

152.2008TC No. 156/2008     SAAT vs. Dy Commissioner of Income Tax

High Court: Madras

Tax matter. Pending

 

153.2008 TC No. 157/2008    SAA vs. Dy Commissioner of Income Tax        High Court:

Madras            Tax matter.    Pending

 

154. 2008 TC No. 158/2008   SAA vs. Dy Commissioner of Income Tax        High Court:

Madras            Tax matter.    Pending

 

155. 2008 TC No. 159/2008   SAA vs. Dy Commissioner of Income Tax        High Court: Madras Tax matter. Pending

 

156.2008 TC No. 160/2008    SAA vs. Dy Commissioner of Income Tax        High Court:

Madras

Tax matter. Pending

 

157.2008TC No. 161/2008SAA vs. Dy Commissioner of Income Tax High Court:

Madras

Tax matter.     Pending

 

158.2008 TC No. 161/2008    SAA vs. Dy Commissioner of Income Tax        High Court:

Madras            Tax matter.    Pending

 

159.2008TC No. 162/2008     SAA vs. Dy Commissioner of Income Tax        High Court: Madras Tax matter.            Pending

 

160.2008TC No. 163/2008     SAA vs. Dy Commissioner of Income Tax        High Court:

Madras              Tax matter.   Pending

 

161.2008 TC No. 164/2008    SAA vs. Dy Commissioner of Income Tax        High Court:

Madras              Tax matter.   Pending

 

162.2008 O.S. No. 1555/2008 Sri Aurobindo Udyog Trust vs. Sri Aurobindo Ashram Press Employees Union affiliated to INTUC & others PDM,

Pondicherry

Injunction against Worker’s Agitation         Pending

 

 

 

SAVE AUROVILLE FROM FINANCIAL IRREGULARITIES

 AUROVILLE : LET GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ORDER A PROBE

 

[In a letter  dated 07.10.2006   to the Secretary-in-charge of Auroville Foundation , the President of Institute of Public Auditors of India, had spelt out his comments on the working of the Auroville Foundation. Dravida Peravai urges the Government of India to institute a high level multi pronged probe into all the aspects and functions of the Auroville Foundation. When China could construct rail and road in the Himalayan heights, the Matrimandir constructed for 4 decades is not an engineering marvel. The Aurovillians themselves in their in house publication displayed a cartoon, wherein two Aurovillians near Matrimandir site will be looking at ants

will and commenting if only the contract had been given to ants, Matrimandir would have been completed]

 

The Report says :

 

We wish to submit that our proposals were aimed at strengthening the Administration/ management of the Foundation, a statutory body, to enable it to be fully informed, exercise vigilance over entities that are not legally recognized/or incorporated and be accountable to the Govt. and Parliament on the one hand and the Donors and the Public on the other, It is for this reason that we recommended an examination of the relevance of the present system of Trusts and Units and, the manner of incorporation of their financial results  in the Foundation’s Account. This was in the context of a not so well defined supervisory role for the Foundation and the dilution of financial controls, reporting systems etc, Our misgivings were confirmed during the course of the internal audit of a few entities and the preliminary systems review (Report dated12TH May)

 

We accept that the Organizations owe their existence to the ACT must satisfy the following basic requirements:

 

Ø                  Conform to the ideals set for the Auroville Residents Promote the aims and advance the Vision given to Auroville by the Mother. (Some of these are based on the principle of renunciation of ones needs and rights for common good)

Ø                  Meet the expectations of Donors and supporters. 

Ø                  Be responsible for discharging the obligations to the Govt./ public institutions in respect of Grants and Assistance for various public purposes.

All these obligations have to be discharged within the strict requirements of the laws of India.

 

We have serious doubts about the appropriateness of the present arrangement to the basic functions of the Foundation in carrying out the objectives of the Act. The Act envisages that the Foundation will be primarily a facilitator and exercise control and supervision to the extent required to stay on course. Additional obligations on the Foundation, its organs and officials arise due to the legal and contractual requirements such as accounting for public moneys. foreign donations, to appreciate the needs for supervision and control or guidance to the entities functioning it will be useful to classify their activities:

 

a)                  Social and Cultural including the promotion of the ideals of Auroville Services to residents

b)                  Education including research and training technology development and

c)                  Scientific research, Trading and manufacturing emphasizing local/ethnic products and crafts development of an international village emphasizing unity in diversity

d)                  Providing opportunities for the residents to be usefully engaged.

 

Some of these activities are supported internationally and are primarily non-profit though they may be commercial in the sense of defining the relationship of the unit with the public. Given these attributes it is important to reexamine the nature of organizational arrangements, management and reporting relationship and above all enforcing their public accountability.

 

Firstly, when the Foundation promotes a Trust as a settler    (after following the requirements of sponsorship by the Residents Assembly) it can not have any link with the Trust except as stated in the Deed of Trust. There is therefore no place for incorporating the financial results of their operations in the Accounts of the Foundation.

 

Secondly, there are a large number of units that are treated as part of Trusts, some in large numbers. These have apparently no legal status and are not incorporated. At the most they can be division or Branch of a Trust. It is understood that these units have been set up at the initiative of individuals. In that case they are either proprietary or partnership concerns or have to be treated as such. The Act has entrusted the primary responsibility for organizing various activities, formulating the master plan, raising of funds to the Residents Assembly.

 

The responsibility for constituting various bodies including trusts has been given to the Working Committee. This is of course subject to the approval of the Governing Board. The role of the Governing Board, it appears, is one of guiding the Residents Assembly rather than act on its own behalf in establishing the organizations required for furthering the objectives of Auroville. The establishment of new trusts with the Foundation taking the role of a settler is perhaps to ensure some minimum norms in the running of the Trusts, keep a watchful eye on their activities and intervene where necessary through disciplining the Trustees. This is easily done by removing and appointing Trustees, introduce the concept of Managing Trustees responsible to a Board, their rotation etc. Where necessary, the Foundation and the Residents Assembly should initiate legal proceedings against the erring trustees.  The power of review of performance and directions to the Trustees must be with the Residents Assembly.

 

[ These extracts and many more reports aimed at bringing the trusts run as private empires without no accountability enriching the vested interests under the guise of being protected by the umbrella of a Government Foundation, must force the Government of India to intervene, and effect a complete overhaul of the Foundation and its activities detrimental to the Indians living there from ages….. N.Nandhivarman, General Secretary Dravida Peravai]


 

 

 

GREEDY OIL ROBBERS OF POOR CONSUMERS POCKETS

 

REASONABLE OIL PRICE 50 DOLLARS BUT GREEDY NATIONS SELL AT 140 DOLLARS

Today the meeting of Oil Producing and Exporting Countries is taking place initiated by Saudi Arabia which was pressurized by G-8 and others to ponder over stabilizing the oil prices. The panacea Saudi Arabia offers is a hike of 6 percent of its oil production, hoping other countries will follow suit. We are of the opinion that this will not work. The rising prices of oil and petroleum products could not be arrested. Why do we opine so, let me record our views.

 

1. Saudi Arabia is not, as many may be thinking, the largest producer of oil. Russia stands first, and there is no hope that Russian President will play the Saudi Arabian tune of increasing oil production.

 

2. The worlds largest 20 oil fields were all discovered between 1917 and 1979 and the annual output from these oil fields is falling by 4 million barrels per day, says a Report of Earth Policy Institute. Taking into account country specific data details and projections, German based Energy Watch Group concludes that world oil production has peaked. It will also decline by 7 percent a year falling to 58 million barrels per day in 2020.

 

3. The year our former President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam predicted to be a turning point to make India a super power, 2020, will make India run from pillar to post begging for oil. The begging for oil is going to be the order of this century, and there has to be introspection.

 

4. Venezuela, the fifth largest producer of oil had declined to attend the Summit of OPEC called by Saudi Arabia. It opines cosmetic exercises like hike in production a little bit will not be a long term solution. The Socialist President of Venezuela, Mr. Hugo Chavez, who finds a place among leaders this century must emulate displayed in Dravida Peravai banners, feels the increase in production is not to ease oil prices and reduce the burden on common man, but to help speculation. He had earlier said in a BBC interview in 2006 that by 1990, the price of a barrel was just 20 US dollars. The oil producing countries must have a long term policy and fix the maximum profitable and reasonable price of 50 US dollars per barrel, and if the countries arrive at a consensus to sell oil at 50 US dollars per barrel for a long period, that alone will help the world, Mr. Hugo Chavez opines.

 

Dravida Peravai feels he is the voice of the conscience of the world. A nation that got Independence led by Mahatma Gandhi must back Venezuelan President in world forums but India also joins the chorus of greedy nations, sorry greedy companies that dictate their nation’s choices, in keeping oil prices in high. Our rulers are only for slight reduction in prices as eye wash. They are not even speaking loud for common good of the mankind.

 

The supply and demand of oil on an average remains 85 million barrels per day. Till 2003 USA was only holding 350 million barrels as buffer stocks. Now it had doubled to 750 million barrels, which also creates artificial scarcity resulting in hiking of prices. By 2006 when oil prices touched 60 US dollars per barrel, The Senate Committee of USA woke up and examined the ground reality and told the ‘stock piling of companies hoping to make a kill when prices go up’ is also one of the reasons of soaring oil prices.

 

M.R.Venkatesh, a Chennai based chartered accountant rightly pointed out in rediff.com, that OPEC is not determining the prices of oil, but 4 American finance companies. Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, J.P.Morgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley are determining the rise in oil prices, this Indian scholar points out an accusing finger. American financial markets are investing in commodity trading, which they see is profitable than stock markets.

 

How this is being done? “After loosing money in the housing market, big hedge funds and investment banks are now pouring money into commodity markets, including oil, which are much less regulated than stock markets. They are not buying or hoarding actual oil, and hence do not have to incur the cost of storage. Instead they are buying oil futures with borrowed money at low rates of interest that is buying papers that entitle the holder to get oil after, say three months, at a price negotiated today. These papers are traded in commodity exchanges, just like company shares in stock markets” says Alok Ray, Professor of Economics at IIM Calcutta.

 

Indian Government headed by Mr.Manmohan Singh, with a Finance Minister like Mr.P.Chidambaram, with whom we cannot sympathize because he is a Tamilian, will never rule India with the interests of Indian common man in mind. They will be the spokespersons of the American companies, helping greedy men of the world to rob the mankind. Their advisers like Mr.Shankar Acharya, not the enemy of Jayalalitha, but a Member of the Board of Governors at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations say that “oil pricing had been seriously bungled by the Government in last few years. Government should raise fuel prices gradually and more frequently”. If a Government that keeps such advisers is run by anti-people vested interests shielding the western countries and their greedy companies, we have to be content with periodical oil price rises followed by cosmetic reductions in election eve to hoodwink the people.

 

INDIA MUST HAVE A NON-POLITICAL FINANCE MINISTER. This demand by a registered political party Dravida Peravai may surprise the readers. We in our party manifesto registered with Election Commission of India, have advocated party-less democracy as panacea to Indian political party dominated political scenario. Hence it falls in our moral duty to suggest that Nobel Laureate Amarthya Sen should be made India’s Finance Minister.

 

The Union Government must have convened the National Integration Council or convened the Chief Ministers Conference to discuss the Value added Tax on petrol and diesel. Gujarat imposes 29.13 percent VAT on diesel and 29.88 percent VAT on petrol. The Left ruled West Bengal imposes 20.62 percent VAT on diesel and 27.66 percent on petrol. West Bengal also levies 4 percent tax each on kerosene and cooking gas. In Andhra Pradesh ruled by Congress 33 percent VAT on diesel is the order of the day. Punjab imposes 30 percent VAT on petrol. IS IT NOT THE DUTY OF THE UNION GOVERNMENT TO DISCUSS WITH STATES TO BRING UNIFORM REDUCTION IN VAT AND TO REDUCE OIL PRICES DRASTICALLY AFTER ALL THE PEOPLE ARE THE ULTIMATE MASTERS IN A DEMOCRACY.

 

[Press Release of 22nd June 2008, a part of which will be telecasted by a local channel Rainbow channel]

 

N.Nandhivarman, General Secretary Dravida Peravai

 

END EXPLOITATION OF TAMIL WORKERS IN AUROVILLE

KARAN SINGH WHO WANTS RENT HIKED FOR KASHMIRI PALACE MUST HIKE THE SALARIES OF AUROVILLE WORKERS.

 

DR.KARAN SINGH, The Honourable Chairman of Auroville Foundation, one day in recent past appeared in CNN-IBN Television or NDTV, my memory is not clear, wherein I heard him lamenting that the monthly rent for their ancestral Kashmiri Palace was only Rs 64,000 per month, which needs to be hiked. I did not hear why he sought the hike, or is it linked to price rise over which whole country is debating.

 

I thought if an Ex-Maharaja could find it difficult to tide over the problems caused by price rise, then what would be the fate of the poor Tamil labourers who are toiling in the 200 or so units run directly or through Trusts under Auroville Foundation?

 

In 1999, a Dutch Foundation, Stichting de Zanier sponsored a survey “to obtain a socio-economic profile of the employees in Auroville and to learn about the dynamics between Auroville and the villages that surround it.” Professor S.Gunasekaran, a specialist in demography, family formation and research methodology, who had worked among other positions, as Consultant for the World Health Organization before becoming the Head of Department of Sociology in Pondicherry University, conducted this survey with his team from Feb to July of 2000.

 

The report states “Our first job was to find out who, from among the respondents was truly an Auroville employee. Eventually we came to a number of 3762 persons employed in the period February to July 2000. The other interviewers were only incidentally working for Auroville. From these 3762 people, 33% said they were employed permanently, 50% replied that they were employed temporary but full time, 14 % did not know their status, 2% were contract workers and 1 % was working part time. We found that the average age of those working in Auroville is young 29.7 years. When we looked at the wages paid, we were amused that they were lower than we had expected. The average income was Rs 1545 a month. The total amount spent by Auroville on wages was about Rs 57.6 lakhs a month and we found that the 10 % of the employees in the highest income bracket took approximately 23 % of the total wages, while the 25 % in the lowest income bracket took only 10 %.This points to a lopsided distribution.”

 

This is a survey of 2000. The Report was filed in a publication by Mr.Carel Theime of BBC interview fame. There was a proposal to have the next survey after 7 years, the report said at that time. The BBC News Night of May 21st of 2008 among other things clearly mentioned the paltry pittance paid to workers in Auroville, thereby indicating even after 8 years of the survey the pathetic condition of Tamil workers in Auroville remains same.

 

Multinationals have come and if you compare the salaries with those under the management of the foreigner controlled Trusts and units within Auroville; you can evaluate the difference between both. Auroville, though its nomenclature remains as international city, remains a feudal village. The kind of infrastructure development near Industrial Parks or Special Economic Zones and the sleepy villages connected with dusty roads in Auroville needs comparative study to tell the world about the exploitation of Tamil workers in Auroville. The labour disputes pending before conciliation officers in Villupuram District for years, with arrogant white-men refusing to attend whenever called proves the inefficiency of Tamilnadu Government in protecting the interests of Tamil labourers. No where in India wages will be fixed by age wise except in Auroville, where these people claim they are creating an ideal society, and reaching the next stage of evolution by becoming Supermen with Super mind, but in reality they slide backwards in evolutionary ladder.

 

N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai

 

 

AUROVILLE UNDER SCANNER

OPEN DEBATE ON AUROVILLE : TIME FOR INTROSPECTION

 

You remain in ivory towers and have no touch with ground realities, I am sorry to point out. Let me quote from The First Post, the online daily magazine dated 24th May 2008 published in United Kingdom.

 

My Bizarre childhood in Auroville

 

The New Age commune revealed on TV is guiltier of child neglect than abuse, says Loic Rich.

 

“I was not surprised by the allegations of child abuse at Auroville – a progressive European community in India- that BBC news team made this week. As a 9 year old boy I lived there for three months in 1982. The place is a religious sect which shows up the arrogance, naivety and denial of liberal middle class values. It puts children in serious danger.

 

A town of great temple like structures set among palm trees in Tamilnadu region of south –east India, Auroville promotes a humanist philosophy, elements of Indian mysticism and a US frontier –style attitude. This either wore you down or toughened you up.

 

Adults work in construction, farming or even a newspaper, parenting is pretty low priority. Anyone could be a guardian, and children were left to run from the age of six. My own mother left me and my 7 year old sister to fend ourselves and disappeared to a remote section of the community to be with her lover. We had somewhere to sleep, a well managed primary school, and day trips on week ends. At meals time children ate by themselves, with a set of unwritten rules-if you got your hands on sweets you shared them with the group, else you ate outside.

 

Adults seemed to be there to provide for us, but with complete emotional disengagement. When the infection from a blister spread throughout my arm and I sought my mother for help, she just dismissed me as an attention seeker and I had to cycle to the doctor on my own. He rushed me to a hospital that had run out of anesthetic. I remember being held down by six medics while one made an incision with a scalpel and another squeezed the poison out of my arm.

 

I learned to fit in with the other children and we became emotionally dependent on each other, a kind of family, with the older children looking after the younger ones. Sex was a hot topic of discussion. Being only 9 I knew little of the facts of life, until they were graphically, alarmingly described by my Auroville peers. I heard of acts between fellow pupils, acts with children from the surrounding Tamil villages, and even what I would now regard as serious child abuse by adults.

 

Indeed, my sister twice had to fend off an attempted attack by an adult who persistently tried to get her to accept a lift home on his bicycle.

 

There were terrifying incidents of indecent exposure. We children rationalized the alleged abuse as something-along with snakes, monsoons and scorpions- that you just had to deal with in Auroville.

 

The solidarity among us was part Lord of the Files, part Jonestown cult. Together we shared a hatred for local Tamil children, who would apparently engage in sex for as little as five rupees, and those who had been excluded from school for various misdemeanors. I suffered this fate myself when I was wrongfully convicted of stealing a purse by a self appointed council of children. I was banned from the primary school, no longer welcome in my lodgings, distrusted even by the adults and sent to live in an isolated hut on stilts in a wood. I found the solitude strengthening, I made friends with two other exotically named outcasts-Gandalf and Mooney. Despite the horrors, there was something hopeful and well meaning about the place.

 

After my mother separated from her partner and fell ill we returned to the UK. Naïve young people come to Auroville searching for spiritual contentment. Although it espouses a seemingly charitable philosophy of living in harmony with Nature and your neighbors, and although it attracts support of the United Nations and Indian Government, the community fails in its most basic purpose. Auroville just does not know how to care for the people who come there.”

 

Courtesy: THE FIRST POST.

 

This is the first confession which spontaneously came out from a British in the aftermath of BBC news night.

 

Adecom Network, an non-governmental organization based in Puducherry in its Report on Women and Child Trafficking in Pondicherry released in 13th February 2003 .Adecom is a social voluntary organization registered in 1991, which stands for Animation, Development, Employment and Communication. Instead of quoting the full report let me quote the paragraph wherein Auroville finds mentions.

 

“Places like Auroville woman were exploited by the tourist people. They keep the woman for housemaids and using for indulging in sex activities also for a minimum salary. Some of the older tourists in the age of 60 or more marry very young girls in the age of 16 to 20. Because of poverty the young girls accept for marriage and lose their future. The foreigners called as Aurovillians take more advantage on widows for sexual abuse. Some women become drug addicts and underwent treatment too. In Auroville they have nice buildings for childcare and hostel for boys. In these places the boys were misused by the foreigners. For any awareness creation or rehabilitation the Foundation does not allow outsiders or sectors to their place. The information we collected is that Auroville itself did not take any effort to reduce the above mentioned problems.”

 

Courtesy: Report on Women and Child Trafficking in Pondicherry by Adecom.

 

 

The language of the report may not be scholarly but it conveys the message. This is published in Tamil in book form by an NGO from Bangalore known as Equations.

 

These will not be sufficient to convince our Dr.Karan Singh, who always thinks that curbing such crimes or weeding out weeds are not his job, and his duty is to ensure all such crimes should not tarnish the image of the institution. He is furious with the BBC reporter, conveniently forgetting that when his views were sought there was no response from his side, and after repeated attempts, emails to his official and personal ID did not bring the replies sought, it is reliably learnt. Ample opportunity was given to the self appointed spokesperson of the Auroville Foundation Mr.Carel Theime, and we leave it to those who saw the BBC to arrive at their own conclusion, when he said Didier Kiem was asked to leave, when he was suspected to be a peadophile. No other peadophile, he asserted. The question that haunted the minds of the viewers is instead of handing over to Police, why such pedophiles were just sent out?

 

Let me quote a letter in verbatim,[ the signed copies are available], a letter written by Mr.C.Balakrishnan, Joint Secretary [P] Tel: 3381096 Letter marked as Confidential/Most immediate Ref : No.F-27-39/2003-UU dated 30th June 2003, addressed to Dr.Kireet Joshi Chairman Auroville Foundation 36 Tuglabad Institutional Area , Near Batra Hospital, MB Road New Delhi.

 

Dear Dr.Kireet Joshi

 

It has brought to the notice of this Ministry that the Ashram inmates of Auroville Foundation, Pondicherry including foreigners are corresponding with the Ministries/Department of GOI directly to elicit favorable decisions.

 

It has also been brought to our notice that in the absence of Secretary Auroville Foundation, the Ashram inmates, especially foreigners are indulging in undesirable activities including acquisition of BENAMI private properties around the Ashram taking up commercial ventures, involvement of ANTI SOCIAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDING CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITIES.etc.

 

Further it had been suggested that with a significant number of inmates being foreigners, there is an urgent need to fill up the post of Secretary to ensure proper monitoring of foreigners and their activities.

 

I shall be grateful if you could kindly look into these serious issues for immediate action and take appropriate security measures under intimation to this Ministry, while giving permission to foreigners in Auroville Foundation.

 

With Regards

Yours sincerely

C.Balakrishnan

 

I hope that Dr.Karan Singh will now feel relieved that such complaints had been aired even during his predecessor’s time, and his tenure is not the starting point of such crimes.

 

The BBC carried my interview, where I told “Till one gets exposed they shield them, and once exposed send them out. These people come to Pondicherry and continue there abuse against children. I had to take it up at national level”. In order to throw more light on this statement let me quote in verbatim a letter written by then Defense Minister of India, Comrade George Fernandes. {Ref: D.O No.99/RMR/VIP/868 dated 26th October 1999 addressed to Home Minister L.K.Advani.

 

“Dear Lalji

 

Enclosed herewith in its original a letter from Mr.N.Nandhivarman, General Secretary of the Dravida Peravai along with the enclosures attached thereto. As you can see the letter is addressed to you and has been sent to me only to forward to you.

 

The documents sent by him provide evidence of the practice of pedophilia in Pondicherry.It also appears that the law enforcement authorities have turned a blind eye to what is happening.

 

I hope you will direct the concerned authorities to take necessary action against all those involved in this crime against our children.

 

With Kind Regards

Yours sincerely

George Fernandes

 

HOME MINISTER REPLY:

 

Ref: No.U-677/HMP/99 dated 29th October 1999

 

Dear Shri Fernandesji

 

I am in receipt of your D.O. letter No: 99/RMR/VIP/868 dated 26th October 1999 enclosing therewith a letter addressed to you by Shri.N.Nandhivarman, General Secretary Dravida Peravai, 28, Romain Rolland Street, Pondicherry regarding alleged practice of pedophilia in Pondicherry.

 

I am having the matter looked into.

 

With Regards

Yours sincerely

L.K.Advani.

 

These letters prove my statement I took the issue up to national level culminating in the arrest of Didier Kiem in 2002, a man honorably sent out of Auroville without being handed over to Police, finally got the punishment.

 

In blogs so many people have started to debate about the happenings in Auroville, in response to my blogs. Let me quote a few here.

 

  1. sampradayak Says:

You are so right!
Auroville is a neo-colonialist village occupied by the foreigners who enslaved the local Tamil populations!

Every foreigner has a personal Tamil amma or gardener now.
But the French woman Mira Richard who founded Auroville said that there must be no personal servants.

95% of Matrimandir was build by the hands of hired Tamil workers from villages.
But Mira Richard said that Matrimandir must be built by Aurovillians. Not by hired labor.

Bharath Nivas, Pavilion of India, was to showcase the best of India culture. The Central Gov. spends crores of rupees each year on it.
At the cost of Indian tax-payer the French and Germans do their salsa, jazz and western ballet/theater shows&workshops.
The French Aurovillians occupied Pavilion of India. There are almost no programs about Indian culture. But even these rare Indian cultural programs mostly are staged by foreigners who can pay the rent! SriAurobindo auditorium rent fee for showing French and German films is 10 times more than the rent fee for Indian cultural programs!!!!!!

  1. joywave77 Says:

It’s a bit more complicated, there are progs about Indian culture, -what progs, eh? Are they the best of India culture? no, 1 French told me frankly – they don’t want the best, they allow only the worst (uncultured locals, awkward oldies, graceless v.i.p.’s from Delhi), to show that Indian culture is junk!

 balachander cv said…

11:16 AM | 7/Jun/08 | |

 

It is true. Tamil culture is very much discriminated against in Auroville. Proof of it is for example this. The Central Government gives generous grants to maintain the Bharat Nivas complex, and to conduct activities in Sri Aurobindo auditorium. Jazz, salsa and hip-hop workshops? In Bharat Nivas, pavlion of India, only 5% of activities have some connections with Indian culture. But even in these 5% mostly foreigners are allowed to perform Indian cultural shows! As per Bharat Nivas rates, for showing a French movie, the French managers of aurofilm pay rs.400.For organising bharathanatyam programmes it costs rs.4000 -10 times more than for showing a French movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Is Auroville is still a French colony????????????

 

INTERNAL AUDIT EXPOSES AUROVILLE

THE AUROVILLE FOUNDATION

INTERNAL AUDIT REPORT 2004-05

 

HIGH LIGHTS

 

1)                 In spite of enormous responsibility vested on the Foundation and high volume of transaction carried by about 192 units, the Foundation has no internal mechanism for periodical inspection of books and records of the units to ensure that they are functioning properly within the autonomy given to them.

 

(Para 2.03)

 

2)                 There is no centralized accounting of income reflecting totality of income and expenditure.  There is no overall budget for Auroville.  Foundation has no system to ensure that all money received through various channels have been properly accounted for and utilized.

 

3)                 The Foundation has not prescribed any regulations for fund raising.

(Para 3.1.1)

 

4)                 No regulations were framed u/s 32(2) of the Act 1988 regarding maintenance of accounts  

 (Para 3.1.2)

 

5)                 There is no system of physical verification of assets to ensure their    existence in good condition.

(Para 3.1.3)

 

6)         There are no regulations for borrowings.                                        

(Para 3.1.4)

7)         No investment policy has been laid down.

(Para 3.1.5)

 

8)         There is no system in the Foundation office to watch compliance of various duties assigned to the executives / Trustees

(Para 3.1.6)

 

9)                 There is no mechanism in the Foundation Office to ensure proper accounting and utilization of donations received.

(Para 3.1.7)

 

10)      In the absence of any regulations there were cases of disposal of movable property without the approval of Foundation Office.

(Para 3.1.8)

 

11)      Some of the provisions in the Trust Deeds are at variance with the delegation of powers approved by the Government.

(Para 3.1.9)

 

12)             The Income and Expenditure Account of Foreign Contribution Account does not reflect the total foreign contribution received during a year.  As per FC 3 return submitted to the Government of India under FERA the foreign contribution received in 2004-05 was Rs.13.95 crores as against Rs.6.38 crores shown in the Income and Expenditure Account.

(Para 3.2.1(b))

 

13)             Foreign contributions of Rs.10.16 lakhs received in kind were not accounted for in FC 3 return submitted to the Government of India.

 

(Para 3.2.10(a))

 

14)             As per Foundation Rules 1997 approved by the Government all monies received in Auroville are to be kept in a bank account with State Bank of India.  It is observed that bank accounts were maintained in other banks also.

(Para 3.2.1(d) 3.2. (b) 3.2.4 & 3.2.6(g))

 

15)             Some of the receipts issued for foreign contributions received were subsequently cancelled by pencil and in some cases in ink.  In none of these cases competent authority has authenticated the cancellations.

(Para 3.2.1(k))

 

16)             The Income and Expenditure Account (Indian Donation) does not indicate the actual donations received during the year.  The Indian donations received during 2004-05 amounted to Rs.1.67 crores as against Rs.2.00 crores shown in the Income and Expenditure Account.

(Para 3.2.2 (a))

 

17)             The cash and foreign exchange transactions handled by the Auroville Maintenance Fund ranged from Rs.78.49 crores to 149.33 crores during the last 5 years.  However, no rules and regulations were framed for administering the Maintenance Fund.

(Para 3.2.4(a))

 

18)             As per Delegation of Powers the Finance Committee and the Secretary are empowered to make long and short term investments.  However, the Executive of Maintenance Fund made investments without their approval.  Such investments for periods ranging from 91 days to 6 years stood at Rs.15.66 crores at the end of 31st March 2005. 

(Para 3.2.4(e)

 

19)      The Trust deeds do not contain any provision or authority for the Foundation to select auditors for the trusts. As the Settler of the Trusts the Foundation should have the right to appoint or prescribe a panel of Auditors and review their performance

(Para 3.10.c)

 

20)      Consolidated Receipts and Payments Account as required in the format of

            Account prescribed by Central Govt. has not been prepared               (para3.10.i)

 

 

21)  There is no system of ascertaining the reasonableness of the prices paid for   the land acquired by the Foundation.                                             (Para 3.2.5 (a)

 

21)      There is no practice of obtaining prior sanction of the competent authority before incurring expenditure on stamp duty, commission paid to intermediaries and other related expenses while purchasing the land for Auroville.

(Para 3.2.5(b)

 

22)      No enumeration has been done of the trees available/ planted in the geographical area of Auroville at a cost of Rs.73.62 lakhs.

(Para 3.2.5 (c)

 

23)      The loss on sale / exchange of land is not accounted for.

(Para 3.2.5(e)

 

24)      Approval of the Government is not being obtained for purchase of land wherever the cost involved is more than Rs.1 crore value.

(3.2.5 (i)

 

25)      No master plan based on “Mother’s vision of Matrimandir” detailing its implementation and monitoring mechanism, mobilization of resources, time schedule for completion, etc. has been prepared for systematic and speedy execution of the project.

(Para 3.2.6(a)

 

26)      Refund of customs duty forgone due to non adherence of the prescribed

            Procedures amounted Rs.27.68 lakhs.

(Para 3.2.6 (b)

 

27)      Indigenous and foreign contributions received for Matrimandir during 2004-05

            were not released in full for the purpose.

(Para 3.2.6 (d))

           

 


 

 

 

1. THE FOUNDATION

1.01         Auroville founded by the ‘Mother’ In Feb. 1968, developed as a cultural township with the aid of funds received from organizations in and outside India as also from substantial grants received from the Central and State Governments and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, contributing to international understanding and promotion of peace. For the purpose of encouraging, continuing and consolidating the aforesaid activities of Auroville it became necessary, in the public interest, to acquire the undertakings of Auroville. Auroville was vested in the Central Government under Sec.3 of the Auroville Foundation Act, 1988 and was held by the custodian till the 31st March, 1992 on behalf of the Central Govt. together with the right, title and interest. Thereafter the said undertaking was vested in the Auroville Foundation established by notification dated 29th January 1991 of the Govt. of India with effect from 01.04.1992 together with the right, title and interest.

1.02    The Auroville Foundation constituted under the Act comprises of three principal authorities via. (i) The Governing Board, (ii) The Resident’s Assembly and (iii) Auroville International Advisory Council.

1.03    The Governing Board consisting of members nominated by the Central Govt. have the power for general superintendence, direction and management of the affairs of the Foundation and exercise all the powers and discharge all the functions which may be exercised by the Foundation under the Act; inter-alia .including :

a)     reviewing basic policies and programmes and giving necessary directions for the future development of Auroville

b)     according approval to the programmes drawn up by the Residents Assembly   and

c)      Monitoring and reviewing the activities of Auroville to ensuring proper management of the properties vested in the Foundation. The Act also envisages that the Foundation shall prepare a master plan of Auroville. The Act envisages that the Foundation shall be accountable to the Govt. and the Parliament and for the purpose shall have Annual Accounts prepared and duly audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG). The form of Accounts shall be as prescribed by the Central Govt in consultation with the C&AG.

1.04    Present Status

There are at present about 200 units/entities engaged in various activities, some commercial in nature, some service oriented including research, some in manufacture. They are not easily correlated to the main objectives of the Foundation, There does not appear to be any long term policy or plan for these units. They however, are entrusted with the assets of The Foundation, deal with the public and their relationship and accountability to the Foundation and to the Govt and the Parliament is informal and not often enforced. While it may be desirable to democratize various activities in Auroville with the Residents Assembly as the fountainhead of legitimacy, there are serious deviations from the accepted canons of propriety and public accountability as enumerated in the succeeding parts of this report. This raises legitimate concerns about the compliance not only with the letter and spirit of the Act and the Rules, but also the appropriateness of the Foundation acting as an umbrella for organizations that have very little to do with the “Vision”. The manner of appointment of Trustees and supervision over the operations of TRUSTS handling large sums of public moneys need a close review. Selecting a few individuals who are not employees of the Foundation and who are not treated as public servants with no defined accountability or fiduciary responsibility, and entrusting large sums of public moneys, without the discipline of well defined financial rules and procedures appear to be hazardous and certainly not in public interest.

If it is considered that the Foundation should have a minimal role in the operation of Trusts that use its resources (including land), alternative systems including statutory changes are required .This may involve a deliberate and systematic delinking.

 

1.05    The Residents’ Assembly consisting of all the residents of Auroville advises the Governing Board in respect of all activities relating to the residents of Auroville including admission of persons in the Register of Residents of Auroville. A Working Committee of the Residents’ Assembly has been constituted under the Act. The Working committee is empowered to create or constitute other organizations, trusts, societies or associations to carry on activities relatable to Auroville, with the approval of the Governing Board of the Foundation. They are subject to their commitment to the ideals laid down in the charter and are mandated to function in conformity with the decisions of the Governing Board.

1.06    The Auroville International Advisory Council consisting of nominated members by Govt. to advise the Governing Board on any matter relating to the development and management of Auroville.

1.07    The Powers to make Rules governing the operations and management of the foundation and its organs vests in the Central Govt. The Rules currently in force are given in Appendix. The Rules vests the authority to deal with the assets of the Foundation exclusively in the Governing Council. The Governing Council may refer matters relating to Funds and Assets to a Committee called Finance Committee comprising the Financial Adviser to the Ministry, as the Chairman, the Secretary of the Foundation and other representatives of the Govt and the Governing Board as members.

Under the Rules another body constituted by the Residents Assembly – Funds and Assets Management Committee has been empowered to decide on all issues related to funds and assets of the Foundation, subject to a Veto by the Finance Committee or the Board.    

2. REVIEW OF OPERATIONS

2.01 The Institute of Public Auditors of India has been given a mandate by the Foundation to conduct a system review and internal audit of the Foundation’s accounts with a view to introducing financial control and accounting systems. Considering the number of entities numbering about 200, it was agreed that the review and internal audit for the year 2004-05 would be confined to:

(i)                 the Foundation

(ii)               Auroville Fund and some of its major units

(iii)             SAIIER

(iv)              Auriville Export Trust

(v)                Centre for Scientific research and

(vi)              Aurovinda Trust

The first phase of the review/audit is confined to:

(i)                 the Foundation and

(ii)               Auroville Fund and some of its major units viz-

a)     Foreign contribution Account,

b)     Auroville Fund Main Account,

c)      Maintenance Fund Account,

d)     Land and Estate Management Accounts, and

e)     Matrimandir

And the observations thereon are summarized in the following paragraphs.

3. AUDIT FINDINGS

3.01 Asset Management

Under the Act the Foundation is accountable for the funds and assets of the Auroville. The Governing Board has been authorized to co-ordinate fund-raising for Auroville and to secure proper arrangements for receipt and disbursement of funds for Auroville. The Foundation has the special responsibility to review the activities of Auroville and to secure its proper management. The Governing Board is responsible to maintain proper accounts and other relevant records and prepare the annual statement of accounts to be presented to the Parliament. The foreign and Indian donations received by Auroville ranged from Rs.7.98 crores to Rs.16.49 crores during the last five years.

The assets of Auroville stood at Rs.104.21 crores at the end of 31st March 2005. The power to supervise the working of units within the freedom given to them is derived from the Act and also from the following enabling provisions of executive appointment orders and trusts deeds entered into between the Trustees and the Secretary to the Foundation.

(i)                             All liabilities and assets of Auroville are vested in the Foundation under the Act.

(ii)                           The Secretary of the Foundation appoints the Executives and Trustees.

(iii)                         The accounts of the units / trusts are open to inspection by the Foundation.

(iv)                          The units / trusts at all times are subject to the general superintendence of the Foundation.

(v)                            While managing the trusts in an autonomous way, the trustees are accountable to the Foundation.

3.02 Superintendence – System deficiencies

In spite of enormous responsibility vested on the Foundation and high volume of transactions carried out by about 192 units, the Foundation has not framed rules for accounting of transactions by the units, the returns to be submitted to the Foundation, the form of accounts as would reflect the sources of funding the units eg. Govt. grants, donations, internal accruals, etc. There is also no programme for regular inspection of the units.

When the Annual Audited Accounts are received, there is no evidence of any detailed examination of records and propriety of transactions of the units to ensure that they are functioning properly within the autonomy given to them. There were un-authorized borrowings, investments, sale of assets and maintenance of funds, etc. Delegation of powers and Auroville Foundation Rules has been violated in a number of cases. Had there been an internal checking mechanism with the Foundation, repetition of such lapses could have been arrested.

3.3       Absence of Regulations for Fund Raising:

According to Sec. 17(1) of the Act, 1988, the Governing Board has to authorize and co-ordinate fund-raising for Auroville and to secure proper arrangements for receipt and disbursement of funds for Auroville. However no procedure/ rules been laid down in this respect i.e., means of raising the fund, persons authorized to raise and receive the funds and the procedure to be followed in disbursing the funds raised for the activities of Auroville. In its absence the present position is as follows:

·                    Government Grants (plan and non-plan) are received into Auroville Foundation Account and then transferred to the units for utilization. Some of the grants are also directly received by the units;

·                    All foreign donations are received directly into Auroville Foundation Bank Account approved under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). Receipts for the donations are signed and issued by the Auroville Fund Executives. Funds are then transferred to the units for utilization.

·                    Indian donations are routed through Auroville Fund Main Account and also some times directly received by various units and depending upon the purpose of donation, income tax exemption receipts are issued by the receiving units over the signature of Auroville Foundation Officer.

·                    Profits earned by business units are transferred to other Auroville units and projects at the discretion of the Unit Executive or retained in the unit as reserve for liabilities or for development, and

·                    Un-utilized income and reserves are invested and the units holding the deposits utilize interest income.

Under the present system, the income of Auroville is received through a number of channels. There is no centralized accounting of income reflecting totality of income and expenditure. There is no overall budget. The Foundation has no system to ensure that all monies received through various channels have been properly accounted for and utilized.

 

3.4 Non-framing of regulations u/s 32(2) of the Act, 1988

      Under section 32(2) of the Act of 1988 the Governing Board has to make regulations for maintenance of accounts of the Foundation and the maintenance of registers and other records of the Foundation and its various committees.

It is however, observed that no such comprehensive regulations were framed so far.

 

3.5 Physical verification of assets not undertaken

As per the Act of 1988, all assets of Auroville are vested with the Foundation and as on 31st March 2005, Auroville Foundation owns fixed assets worth of Rs.104.21 crores. However, the foundation has not ensured the existence of these assets in good condition by conducting periodical physical verification.

 

3.6 Regulations for borrowings

There are no clear instructions of Governing Board to persons authorized to borrow and the limits for such borrowings. However, as per Foundation Rules, 1997 and the Delegation of Powers, the Governing Board may, with the previous sanction of Govt., borrow on the security of properties of Auroville or any other asset. The trustees are resorting to secured and un-secured loans without any limit without the specific approval of Governing Board / Government. At the end of March ‘05 the borrowings of Auroville Foundation stood at Rs.8.00 crores.

3.7 Absence of Investment policy

As per Auroville Foundation Rules, 1997, the Governing Board has been empowered to entrust the funds of the Foundation or any other investible funds in such securities or in such manner as may, from time to time, be determined by the Governing Board and in accordance with Govt. of India’s instructions on investments. However, the Governing Board has not yet formulated an investment policy for Auroville. As per the Delegation of Powers, the Financial Committee has the power to invest the funds for periods exceeding one year and the Secretary for less than a year. The Trustees and Executives of the units made investments for periods ranging from 91 days to 6 years without the approval of the Finance Committee / Secretary. The investments in FD, Bonds, Mutual Funds etc., stood at Rs.23.46 crores at the end of 31st March 2005. Out of this, the investments of one unit viz., Auroville Maintenance Fund alone amounted to Rs.15.66 crores.

 

3.8 TRUSTS – Poor compliance verification

3.8.1   The Executive appointment orders and Trust Deeds confer certain powers and duties to the executives of the units and Trustees. For example,

·                    Immovable assets should not be disposed of without the specific written permission of the Security of Auroville Foundation.

·                    The Board of Trustees shall meet thrice in a year and the decisions taken in the meetings should be communicated from time to time to the Secretary.

·                    The Board of Trustees whenever they meet shall record their proceedings regularly in a minute’s book, which is always open for inspection at any time by the Foundation.

·                    Any acquisition of immovable assets should be done only with the prior written permission of the Secretary.

However, it was observed that the Foundation Office has not evolved any system to watch the compliance of various duties assigned to the Executives and Trustees.

3.8.2       Foreign and Indian donations received in Auroville ranged from Rs.7.98 crores to Rs.16.49 crores during last 5 years as shown below. However, there is no mechanism in the Foundation Office to ensure proper accounting and utilization of donations received. The Income Tax Exemption certificates for donations received are issued over the signature of the officers of the Foundation office.

Year

                       Rs. in Crores

Foreign

India

Total

2000 – 2001

9.29

0.84

10.13

2001 – 2002

15.36

1.13

16.49

2002 – 2003

6.94

1.50

8.44

2003 – 2004

6.23

1.75

7.98

2004 – 2005

14.03

2.00

16.03

3.8.3   Under Auroville Foundation Act 1988, all assets, rights leaseholds powers, authorities and privileges and all property (movable and immovable) including lands, buildings, works, workshops, projects, stores, instruments, machinery, automobiles and other vehicles, cash balances, funds including reserve funds, investments, and book debts of the society, trust or body as form part of or relatable to Auroville and all other rights and interests arising out of such properties are vested with the Foundation.

            As per Delegation of Powers the Secretary of the Foundation is empowered to sell, exchange, transfer, lease or other disposal of immovable property. There is no mention in the Delegation of Powers about the disposal of movable properties.

            A perusal of accounts of the following units for the year 2002-03 has indicated the disposal of movable properties without the approval of Foundation office.

(1)  Auromode Trust:

Date

Particulars

Amount Rs.

Remarks

01.04.02

Sale of air conditioner

67,308.00

Sold to: Mr.Genevier, Auroville – individual

08.05.02

Hero Honda

26,442.00

Mr.S.Arumugam, Individual

17.05.02

Kinetic Honda

2,404.00

Mr.Ganesh – individual

30.01.03

TVS XL

4,808.00

Mr.Shyam – individual

03.03.03

Water Effluent Plant

1,95,423.00

Mr.Georgio-individual

03.03.03

Water Effluent Plant

3,77,659.06

M/s.Maroma, Auroville Unit

This is with reference to the resolution passed by the Board of Trustees of the Trust dated 01.04.02 & 28.02.03 permitting the disposal of assets to such persons and at such prices decided by the managing trustee in the best interest of trust.

(2). Decauram: (a unit under Toujour Mieux Trust) With reference to the resolution passed by the trustees dt. 15.03.03, assets with a book value of Rs.89, 170.83 was sold for Rs.2, 10,000 to Village Action Trust. The sale includes building also an (immovable property) and vehicles, furniture and fittings not covered by the resolution.

(3) Altecs Trust: (Unit under Altecs Energy Systems) sale of building – Rs.50, 000/-to Joster, individual (Furniture & Fittings – Rs.49, 500.00)

The Trust Deed empowers the trustees to take all such steps necessary in the best interests of the trusts and accordingly resolutions were passed and assets were sold.

 

3.9       Trust Deeds

For efficient management of units, Trusts are created and Trustees are appointed on the recommendation of Working Committee u/s 20(4) of the Act and the Trust Deed is entered into between the Trustees and the Secretary of the Foundation and is registered and the Trustees manage the Trust properties for realizing the objects of the Trust.

It is observed that

a)                 some provisions of the Trust Deed are at variance with the delegation of Financial & Administrative Powers (DFAP) as shown below:

Provision as per DFAP

Provision in Trust Deed

Investment of Funds:

Long term:  Governing Board is authorized

Short term: Secretary is authorized

No provision- units are investing funds without the approval of competent authority.

Barrowings on the security of the properties of Auroville or any other asset: Governing Board with the prior sanction of the Govt. is authorized to borrow

The Trustees can enter into agreement with outside parties to raise monies by pledging movable assets. Immovable assets can also be pledged for raising a loan after obtaining permission from the Secretary.

b)         The Trust Deed does not provide for appointment of Trustees/ Executives during their temporary long absence from India. As a result in one unit (Imagination) an Aurovillian was given power of attorney to manage the unit by the Executive himself during his absence for eight months. After his return it was found there was total mismanagement of affairs of the unit by the person to whom the Power of Attorney was given.

c)         The Trust Deed does not speak about the manner in which the movable assets are to be disposed of.

d)         As per Auroville Foundation Rules, 1997 made by the Central Govt. all monies received shall be deposited in one or more accounts with the State Bank of India. Approval of the Central Govt. is to be obtained for depositing money in Banks other than scheduled banks. The Trust Deed does not contain this condition. It simply says that the Trustees are empowered to open bank accounts. It is observed that almost all units deposit their money with the Auroville Maintenance Fund without any authority from the competent authority. Some units are having bank accounts in other banks like Vysya Bank, Citi Bank and ICICI Bank.

e)         No limit for borrowings powers has been laid down in the Trust Deeds.

3.10   Annual Accounts

In the absence of regulations framed u/s. 32(2) of the Act, 1988 for maintenance of accounts the following is being followed:

Annual accounts are prepared for all units under Auroville. These accounts are consolidated into 28 Trust Accounts and certified by Chartered Accountants appointed by the Trustees themselves. Consolidating the 28 Trust Accounts, the Auroville Foundation compiles the consolidated annual account, which is certified by the Comptroller & Auditor General of India u/s 26(2) of the Act.

A test check of the accounts prepared by Foundation office has indicated the following:

Foundation Office:

a)                 The Chartered Accountants are appointed as auditors to certify the annual accounts of the units. The Foundation, despite the duties and powers entrusted to it under the Rules has not issued any guidelines to the auditors in regard to submission of reports, matters that need to be specifically covered in their reports.

b)                 As per Auroville Foundation Rules, 1997 the Governing Board has to approve the Annual Report/ Annual Accounts of Auroville Foundation before presenting it to C&AG for audit. This is not being followed.

c)                  The Trust deeds do not contain any provision or authority for the Foundation to select auditors for the trusts. As the Settler of the Trusts the Foundation should have the right to appoint or prescribe a panel of Auditors and review their performance.

d)                 The consolidated Annual Income and Expenditure Account prepared every year does not reflect the various items of income received/ receivable and the expenditure incurred/ to be incurred in that particular year. It reflects only the net results i.e. excess of income over expenditure or excess of expenditure over income of various units.

e)                 Register of grants received is not being maintained at Secretary’s Office through grants are received from Govt. of India. Un-spent non-plan grant is not being distinctly shown in the non-plan account of the Foundation office. As at the end of 31st March 2005, the un-spent non-plan grant was Rs.3.44 lakhs.

f)                    The consolidated annual accounts of Auroville Foundation do not exhibit distinctly the total donations and grants received, spent and the un-spent balances remaining with the Foundation.

g)                 The consolidated accounts do not bring out the nature of receipts and payments of the Foundation for different activities viz., commercial, research and service activities. There is a serious gap in information as to the nature of capital funds.

h)                  The Sundry Debtors as on 31st March 2005 amounted to Rs.6.92 crores. No confirmation of balances from Sundry Debtors is however, obtained.

i)                    Consolidated Receipts and Payments Account as required in the format of account prescribed by Central Govt. has not been prepared.

j)                    The following misclassifications were noticed while reviewing the accounts Auroville Foundation Office for the year 2004-05.

a.      Rs.17.92 lakhs received as advance payment by Swagatham Trust for a contract work was treated as grant instead of advance.

b.      Rs.1.12 lakhs received from Central Pollution Control Board as first installment of payment for preparation of a document ‘Auroville – the Ecocity in making’ has been accounted for as grants instead of advance.

k)                  Auroville Foundation Office is preparing two sets of accounts – one for transactions after the take over by Auroville Foundation and another for the Assets and Liabilities taken over in 1991 named as ‘Secretary’s Office Account’. This account is operated only for refund of TDS Income and its disbursement to units retaining interest portion of the refund and for meeting staff advances. These two accounts have not been merged so far.

l)                    In the Tenth Finance Committee Meeting it was approved to retain the interest received on TDS refunds by the Auroville Foundation and to return the refund amount of TDS received from the Income Tax Department to the respective Trusts/Units. A sum of Rs.39, 986.00 (20,984 + 19,002) out of Rs.1, 65,000.00 received as interest on TDS from Income Tax Department during the years 2003-04 and 2004-05 was not apportioned as income to the Auroville Foundation during the years 2003-04 and 2004-05.

m)               In letter ADAT-P3-LR-104 dated 11.07.2001 at the time of merger of Assets & Liabilities of Auro Service D Auroville Trust with Pondy Auro Service Consultants Private Limited, it was informed that on receipt of refund of TDS, 50% of the refund amount may be paid to the Auro Service and the balance amount kept by the Auroville Foundation as contribution by the Trust. During 2003-04 TDS refund of Rs.3, 24,844.00 (Rs.1, 67,013 + 1, 57,831 (1, 78,400 (-) 20,581)) received by the Auroville Foundation was refunded. Action has not been taken to treat 50% of the refund of         Rs.3, 24,844 as contribution to the Auroville Foundation and to return the balance to the Trust to adjust the amount of Rs.1, 25,000.00 due to “FAILURE”, a unit of Auroville Foundation.

3.11  Auroville Fund

The FUND has the command over virtually all resources of the Foundation and yet there is no management control system in place to ensure adequate safeguard for public funds and for ensuring public accountability.

3.12  Foreign Contribution Account

a) One centralised unit viz., Auroville Foundation Foreign Contribution Account was established to receive exclusively all foreign contributions received in kind or cash in Auroville. It is however, observed that the other units are also receiving foreign contributions directly without routing through the designated account. For instance foreign contribution of Rs.10.16 lakhs received in kind directly by Matrimandir in 2003-04 & 2004-05 was not accounted for in FC3 return submitted to Govt. of India under Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA)

b) The Income & Expenditure account of Foreign Contribution Account does not reflect the total foreign contribution received during the year. As per FC 3 Return filed with the Govt. of India under FERA, the total foreign contribution received during 2004-05 amounted to Rs.13, 94, 77,776-70 as against Rs.6, 37, 86,897-42 shown in the Income and Expenditure Account.

c) The expenditure incurred out of the Foreign Contributions during 2004-05 amounted to Rs.9,90,33,627.58 as per FC 3 Return as against Rs.98,30,475-17 shown in the Income and Expenditure Account. This needs reconciliation.

d) Some funds of the Foreign Contribution Account are deposited with Auroville Maintenance Fund. The balance with the Maintenance Fund at the end of 31-03-2005 stood at Rs.4.38 crores. As per Auroville Foundation Rules, 1977 all monies received should be deposited in State Bank of India only. There is no authority for depositing the funds with the Maintenance Fund.

e) A Stock Register for Foreign Contribution received in kind is to be maintained in FC 6 format as per FERA. This has not been maintained.

f) It is seen that Mr. Louis Cohers, an Aurovilian donated Rs.24, 000/- to Auroville Future during 2004-05. As he is a Foreigner who has not obtained Indian citizenship his contribution is to be treated as Foreign Contribution as per FCRA. However, this did not figure in FC 3 Return.

g) The Trustees are making transfer of donations from one project / Unit to another Project/ Unit. For instance during 2004-05 Rs.4, 98, 55,210/- of donations were transferred from one project to another (Foreign Donation Rs.4, 74, 02,393/-. Indian Donations Rs.24, 52,817/-. This is not covered by any authority from the donors.

h) One/two percent of donations, both Foreign and Indian is appropriated towards Administrative charges. This appears to have not been covered under any authority.

i) A scrutiny of Bank Reconciliation Statement (BRS) as on 31.03.05 relating the Auroville Foreign Contribution account (SBI A/c. No.01000060095) showed that cheques amounting to Rs.7, 12,185-63 deposited into Bank during February & March, 05 have not been cleared and credited into the account. Subsequently cheques for Rs.6,50,585-63 have been cleared and credited to the Foreign Contribution account during April & May ’05 leaving a balance of Rs.61,600/-. The balance amount represents two Foreign Contribution deposited on 10.2.05 (Rs.56, 000 vide receipt no.1227 on 11.2.05 and Rs.5, 600/- vide receipt no. 1235 Euro 100) the two remittances have not been cleared by the Bank till 20.12.05.

A sum of Rs.8, 560/- was credited by Bank on 4.3.2005, but this amount was not entered in Cash Book till 20.12.05.

Rs.270/- has been shown as a ‘difference in Books’ in the BRS. This has also not been cleared so far.

j) A perusal of details of Donor wise Foreign Contribution attached to FC 3 return for the year 2003-04 showed that donations for Rs.1,88,16,175/- were received from Individuals and Institutions for the purchase of land. However, this amount was not exhibited against “Purchase of Land” in Form FC 3 submitted to GOI for the year 2003-04.

k) During test check of the receipts issued for Foreign Contribution received during the year 2004-05 the following were noticed:-

  • Some receipts were cancelled. Illustrative cases are given below :-

No.

Receipt No., Date & Amount

Authenticated or not

Mode of Cancellation

Cancellation attested or not

Payment by Cash/ cheque/DD/ Bank transfer

Remarks

a)

0978 / 18.01.05
Rs. 13,65,620/-

Not authenticated

Pencil crossings: cancelled not written

Not attested

SBI cheque 456205 / 18.01.05

Reasons for cancellation are not given.

b)

0979 / 18.01.05
Rs,11,396/-

-do-

-do-

-do-

SBI Cheque 456106 / 18.01.05

-do-

c)

0980 / 18.01.2005 Rs.41,621/-

-do-

Pencil crossing with cancelled written

-do-

SBI Cheque 456207 / 18.01.05

2.

0996 / 19.01.05 Rs.5,707/-

Authenticated

Cancellation entry by ink

-do-

Bank Swift Transfer dt.13.01.05

3 a)

1073 / 29.01.05 Rs.6,300/-
1074/29.01.05 Rs.8,600/-

Not authenticated

-do-

-do-

SBI Cheque 456243 & 456244 dt.27.01.05

b)

1096 / 29.01.05 Rs.2,570/-

Authenticated

-do-

-do-

Bank Swift Transfer dt.21.01.05

Vide Receipt 1605 dt. 31.03.2005 for Rs.2,570 by D.D.

4.

1111 / 29.1.05 Rs.5,000/-

Not authenticated

Pencil Cancellation

Not attested

Bank swift transfer dt.25.1.05

 

1112 / 29.01.05 Rs.5,000/-

-do-

-do-

-do-

Ch. No.618279 dt.5.1.05

5. a)

1232 / 10.2.05 Rs.25,000/-

-do-

Crossing by pencil cancelled not written

-do-

Bank swift Transfer dt.21.01.05

Reasons for cancellation not given

b)

1276 dt.14.2.05 Rs.1,533.23

Authenticated

-do-

-do-

By AVMF

-do-

c)

1298 / 19.2.05 Rs.21,71,000/-

Not Authenticated

Ink Cancellation

-do-

Bank Swift Transfer

6.

1441 / 07.03.05
24 USD

-do-

-do-

-do-

Cheque 2039

Reasons for cancellation not given

7.a)

1522 / 18.3.05
UKP 25

Authenticated

-do-

-do-

Cheque 540522

-do-

b)

1526 dt.18.3.05
Rs.10,600/-

-do-

-do-

-do-

Ch: 457325
dt.18/3

c)

1537 / 26.3.05 Rs.7,58,864/-

Not Authenticated

Crossing in ink cancellation not written

-do-

Bank Swift Transfer dt.21.03.05

Reasons not given

d)

1577 / 31.3.05
Rs.2,08,500/-

-do-

-do-

-do-

AVMF

-do-

e)

1596 / 31.3.05
Rs.39,204/-

Authenticated

Pencil crossing without Cancellation entry

Not attested

Bank Swift Transfer dt.31.3.05

f)

1602 / 31.3.05

-do-

Cancellation entry made

-do-

 

Original receipt not available.

8.

12 / 9.4.2004
UKP 500

Not authenticated

Ink crossing but cancelled not written

-do-

Ch. 807545 dt.31.3.05

Reasons not given

9.a)

129/7.6.2004
Euro 40

-do-

Pencil Cancellation

-do-

Cash

-do-

b)

130 / 7.6.2004
Rs.90,11,500

Authenticated

-do-

-do-

Bank Swift Transfer

c)

175 / 1.7.2004
UKP 100

-do-

Ink Cancellation

-do-

Postal Order

Receipt 178 for UKP 80 & not for UKP 100 Discrepancy to be reconciled

10.a)

226/19.7
Rs.3,400/-

Not authenticated

-do-

-do-

Ch. 453659 dt.19.7.2004

b)

249 / 31.7
Rs.90,68,379

Authenticated

Pencil Cancellation

-do-

Bank Swift Transfer

11.

841 / 12.1.05
Rs.10,880/-

Authenticated

Pencil Cancellation

Not attested

Ch. 4371 dt. 27.3.04

Original receipt not available

12.a)

1602 / 31.3.05
Rs.39,204

-do-

-do-

-do-

Bank Swift Transfer dt.31.3.05

-do-

b)

1608 / 31.3.05
Rs.18,355/-

Not authenticated

-do-

-do-

E.Transfer

Reasons for cancellation not given

c)

1611 / 31.3.05 Rs.17,120/-

-do-

Ink Cancellation

-do-

Ch. 7859398 & 7859399 dt.NIL

-do-

  • In some cases cancellation has been done by pencil and in some cases in ink. In none of these cases competent authority has authenticated the cancellations. No reasons were also given for cancellation.
  • In some cases the receipts were not authenticated.
  • In some cases subsequent receipts were issued but there are discrepancies in the amounts (Sl.No. 3B and 9C).
  • In some cases, only duplicate receipts are available (Sl.No. 7(f) & 11, 12(a) without original receipts.
  • A receipt for 1936.28 Euros (Rs.1068, 379/-) issued on 30.8.2004 (Receipt No.249 dt. 30.8.04) for bank transfer was subsequently cancelled on 29.9.04 as bank has reversed the entry. There is no system to verify the genuineness of the reversal entries made by Banks.
  • Receipt books for issuing receipts are printed by Auroville Fund. However, no stock register of receipt books is maintained detailing number of books printed, issued for use and the balance available. Hence proper accounting of receipt books could not be ensured.

3.13 Auroville Fund Main Account (Indian Donations)

a)                 The Income and Expenditure Account does not indicate the actual donations received during the year. For instance, the donations received during 2004-05 amounted to Rs.1, 67, 46,703.87 as against Rs.2, 00, 27,298.95 shown in Income & Expenditure Account. This discrepancy was not reconciled.

b)                 Some funds of Auroville Foundation Main Account are deposited with Auroville Maintenance Fund. The balance to end of 31st March, 2005 with the Maintenance Fund stood at Rs.92, 09,162.24. This has no authority. As per Auroville Foundation Rules, 1997 all monies received are to be kept in a Bank Account with State Bank of India.

3.14  Auroville Fund Consolidated Account 2004-05

            Administration Expenses of Rs.98, 30,475.17 pertaining to Foreign Contribution Account has been included under “Establishment Expenses” in the consolidated Income and Expenditure Account of Auroville Fund Trust Account instead of showing under “Administrative Expenses”.

3.15    Auroville Maintenance Fund

a)     The cash and foreign exchange transacted during last five years period ending 31st March, 2005 is as follows:

                                                      i).            2000 – 01      =                      Rs.      78.49 crores

                                                    ii).            2001 – 02       =                      Rs.      90.60 crores

                                                  iii).            2002 – 03       =                      Rs.      104.14 crores

                                                  iv).            2003 – 04       =                      Rs.      106.14 crores

                                                    v).            2004 – 05       =                      Rs.      149.33 crores

No Rules and regulations were however, framed for administering the Auroville          Maintenance Fund. Cash and foreign exchange worth of several crores were transacted through the fund. In the absence of any rules and regulations for operation, the Maintenance Fund is functioning on the following lines.

b)     The Maintenance Fund is acting as a banker. The Projects/Units deposit their money with the Maintenance Fund and withdrawn whenever required. The un-drawn money and un-spent donation are invested in Fixed Deposits and other securities and the interest earned from such investments is transferred to another fund named as “Central Fund” which caters to the needs and services of Aurovillians.

c)      The Maintenance Fund is also acting as a registered dealer in Foreign Exchange. It purchases foreign currencies from the Aurovilians and Tourists at the purchase rate and sells them at selling rates and the profit earned in the transaction is also transferred to Central Fund.

d)     The Governing Board has not authorized the above transactions. As per Auroville Foundation Rules, 1997, all monies are to be kept in a bank account with State Bank of India. The Maintenance Fund is also maintaining bank accounts with Vysya Bank, ICICI Bank and Citi Bank, which is contrary to Foundation Rules. There is no authority for maintenance of Central Fund within the Maintenance Fund. No separate account is maintained for Central Fund. In its absence the receipts and payments passing through this fund could not be verified.

e)     As per Delegation of Powers, the power to make long term investment vests with the Finance Committee and short-term investments with the Secretary of the Foundation. However, the Executives of Maintenance Fund are making short term and long-term investments without the approval of proper authority. The Trust Deed or the appointment order of Executives does not also permit the investments by Trustees/Executives. At the end of 31st March, 2005 the investments for periods ranging from 91 days to 6 years stood at Rs.15.66 crores.

f)        Rs.15.31 lakhs of foreign contributions received during 2004-05 as per FC 3 Return for Maintenance Fund has not been shown in the Income and Expenditure Account of Maintenance Fund.

g)     A test check of payment vouchers has indicated the following:

(i).   Vr. No. 897 / 7.4.2004

Rs.1,000/- was paid to one Shri Shiva. In the account the amount has been shown as Rs.3, 000/-.

(ii).  Vr. No. 808 / 8.4.2004

It is seen from the sub-voucher that the receiver of the payment has given a receipt for Rs.85, 228/-. However, in the account the amount paid has been shown as Rs.86, 516/-.

(iii)       Vr.1720/15.4.04 for Rs.59.81 and Vr. No.1722/15.4.04 for Rs.950.07 are not traceable in the Bank Statement of Citi Bank.

(iv)      Vr. 1654/14.4.2004 -Sub-voucher for Rs.75/- for payment of labour charges is not available.

 

 

3.16LAND AND ESTATE MANAGEMENT

 

 

It is said that the Mother desired Auroville to be developed as a Universal Township surrounded by a green belt or forested Zone where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities and the purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity.  The township is designed for an ultimate population of 50,000 in an area of about 2000 h.a.  An inauguration ceremony of Auroville was held on 28th February 1968 symbolising the creation of city dedicated to human unity.  However, the construction of Township was delayed for many years because of much of the land required has not been purchased.  Out of the required area of 491 h.a. for City Area and 1472 h.a. for Green Belt Area, the Foundation was able to acquire 378 h.a. for the City and 437 h.a. for Green Belt Area during last 35 years.  Paucity of funds and non availability of land were stated to be the main constraints.  The Foundation’s efforts to acquire land by Land Acquisition Act through the Government of Tamil Nadu also did not yield the desired results so far.

It is the intention that all land within the geographical region earmarked as the Auroville City and Greenbelt Areas with the exception of the Village earmarked areas will be owned by the Auroville Foundation and the Auroville Foundation will hold the ownership of all lands in trust for humanity as a whole.

 

All lands owned by Auroville Foundation are under the management of Fund and Assets Management Committee (FAMC).  The FAMC delegated part of its responsibility to the Land and Estate Management group (LEM).  LEM is responsible for:

 

(i)                             all purchases of land with the prior approval of Working Committee

(ii)                           sale and exchange of land with the prior approval of FAMC and Working Committee

(iii)                         maintaining a list of all lands owned by Auroville Foundation (AVF) with the details of survey numbers, acreage, village date of purchase and cost etc.

(iv)                          maintaining list of Aurovilians to whom the stewardship was given

(v)                            payment of all land taxes, and

(vi)                          dealing with all land related problems.

 

A review of land records made available revealed the following:

 

a)         Absence of system of ascertaining the reasonableness of the prices    quoted by the sellers of land.

 

            Lands were acquired by voluntary sale/exchange by negotiations with the land owners.  The justification given for accepting the rate offered by the land owners is the same in all cases viz. “the rate offered per acre for the land is reasonable in view of previous rates paid by us”.  The rates offered are compared with the rates already paid by Auroville in previous occasion in the same area.  The guideline value or the prevailing market price was not obtained by independent enquiries to ensure the reasonableness of the rates quoted by the sellers.  For instance on 18th August, 2003 LEM requested the Secretary’s permission for the purchase of 3.90 acres of land at the rate of Rs.4,50,000/- per acre in R.S.No.336/2 and 362/7 of Irumbai village.  In this case the Finance & Administrative Officer called for the guideline value from the DRO. Villupuram.  The guideline value given was Rs.31,500/- per acre in R.S.No.336/2 and Rs.46,500/- per acre in R.S.No.362/7.  As there was huge difference in the rate offered by the land owner and the guide line value the purchase was not finalised.

 

b)        Un-authorised payments

 

            Land worth of Rs.863.05 lakhs were purchased during the five years ending 31st March 2004 as shown below. 

            Year                                                                            Rs. (in lakhs)

            1999 – 2001                                                               346.57 

            2000 – 2001                                                               144.60

            2001 – 2002                                                               179.89

            2002 – 2003                                                              140.91

            2003 – 2004                                                              51.06

                                                                                                863.05

                                                                                                ======

It is observed that permission for purchase of land was accorded by the Secretary of the Foundation.  The cost included price of the land, stamp duty, commission paid to intermediary and other related expenses.  However, sanction of competent authority has not been obtained while making the payment.

 

            A commission of Rs. 4.37 lakhs was paid during 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 to an intermediary while purchasing the land.  The percentage of commission ranged from 1% to 3.2% of cost of land.  Sanction for the basic price of the land alone was accorded by the Secretary.  Hence payment of commission is an unauthorized one.

 

 

 

c)  Non- enumeration of trees in the geographical area of  Auroville.

           

            The Township founded on a barred plateau devoid of any blade of grass in 1968 has become a green area shaded with a variety of plants and trees and over two million trees at a cost of Rs.73.62 lakhs were planted during the last 32 years, regenerating the barren land into a productive and developing site for urban and green use.  However, the Foundation has not carried out enumeration of trees and documented it.

 

d)          Reasonableness of lease rent fixed could not be ascertained.

 

            A test check of receipts for April 2004 has indicated the receipt of lease amounts from the individuals as indicated below.  However, the basis on which the lease amounts were fixed is not on record.  Hence the correctness of fixation of lease amounts could not be ensured.

Sl.

No.

Receipt No.

And Date

 

   From whom received

Amount paid by Cash Rs.

 

     Remarks

 

 1

 

1/3.4.2004

 

Elumalai, Kuilapalayam

 

  1,000.00

Towards of cashew thope 58/47 (R.S.No.)

 2

3/3.4.2004

Gnanasekaran,Kottakarai

 6,000.00

“ Irumbai Rs.314/1,6

 3

6/10.4.2004

Dhanalakshmi

 4,000.00

“ New Farm

 4

7/17.4.2004

Chinnakkannu,Kottakkarai

 14,501.00

“ R.S.No.14/3,4,6,7  and 15/4,5

 5

8/17.4.2004

Anbu, Kottakkarai

 2,000.00

“ Irumbai R.s.No.298/1,2

 6 

9/17.4.2004

Darman, Kuilapalayam

   750.00

Lease of Tamarind Thope

 7

15/28.4.2004

Masilamani, Kuilapalayam

 6,750.90

      

 8

14/28.4.2004

Rajamanikkam

   100.00

(advance)

Lease of mango thope

 9

16/28.4.2004

Ettappan

 1,000.00

“Pattanur 81/1 New Farm

10

17/28.4.2004

Sundaramurthy

 3,700.00

Lease of Cashew thope –Bom 54/5

11

18/28.4.204

A.Sakthivelu, Kottakkarai

   300.00

Lease of Cashew

12

19/28-2004

Aravindan, Kottakkarai

 1,500.00

Lease of Cashew Thope Irumbai 414/4

13

20/28.4.2004

Vishnu,Kuilapalayam

 1,250.00

Lease of cashew thope Bom.39/7

 

 

e)  Non-Accounting of loss on sale of land

            In the cases of exchange of land the value of Auroville land was invariably higher than the value of the private lands exchanged vide instances given below. 

Sl.

No.

Details of Auroville land

Value of land

Details of lands to be exchanged

 

Value

 

Difference

(Loss)

1

Irumbai 73/1 0.12

73/3 1.22

Achrampet

64/3 0.24

60,000

6,10,000

 

1,20,000

7,90,000

——–

Irumbai 314/1.0.36

314/6.0.62

314/6.0.60

of Shri R. Gnanasekaran

1,35,000

2,32,500

2,25,000

5,92,500

———-

 

 

1,97,500

2

Irumbai 73/3.0.45

2,25,500

Irumbai

411/2 0.45

of Shri B. Jothi

 

1,68,750

 

56,750

3

Bommaiyarpalayam

127/8 0.11

67,144

Bommaiyarpalayam

54/5.0.11

 

45,925

 

21,219

4

Thiruchitrambalam

12/1&19/1  0.87

Value of Trees

2,70,375

 

21,875

2,92,250

217/5

0.67 ½

Value of Trees

1,68,750

 

22,250

1,91,000

1,01,250

5

Irumbai

71/1 & 73/1.0.12

Acharampet

53/3 A & 64/3

0.24

 

 

1,80,000

Irumbai

313.2&314/1

0.36

 

 

1,26.000

 

Total

 

 

54,000

 

   4,30,719

 

The loss in the land value amounting to Rs. 4,31 lakhs sustained in the exchange deal by Auroville has not been reflected in the accounts.

 

f)   Non-availing of lowest rate

            On 28.01.2002, LEM sought permission to purchase 0.60 acre of land belonging to Shri S. Jayakumar in R.S.No.302/2 in Irumbai village for Rs. 2,10,000/- (at Rs.3,50,000/- per acre).  Permission was accorded by the Secretary in letter No. AF/M/3/222 dated 30.1.2002.  It is observed that permission was again sought for the same piece of land on 10.06.2002 for Rs. 2,25,000 (at Rs. 3,75,000/- per acre) and the land was purchased at Rs. 2,25,000/-  Reasons for not acting upon the earlier permission given on 30.01.2002 are not on record.

 

g)                  Payment of higher rate

 

Permission was sought for on 09.04.2003 to purchase 1.25 acres of land in Irumbai village (R.S.No.103/1, O.S.No.101/1) at Rs.1,70,000/- per acre and the Secretary accorded permission on 11.04.2003.  Subsequently on 24.04.2003 permission was sought and obtained for purchase of another 1.10 acre of the same survey in the same village at Rs.2,25,000/- per acre.  Justification for payment of a much higher rate just within 15 days is not on record.

h)         Purchase of land under litigation

            It is seen that purchase of 11.06 acres of land at cost of Rs.16.59 lakhs in Bommayarpalayam (Rs. No.3/3,22/1,231/1) was permitted on 17.01.2002.  It is however, observed that the land purchased in the same area in 1971 could not be registered as on date due to litigation in the court.  Purchase of land under litigation, which is doubtful of getting registered, is not justified. 

 

i)          Government sanction not obtained for purchase of land  

            50 acres of land at Irumbai (RS 426/1FI) was purchased in March 2000 at a cost of Rs.1.50 crore @ Rs.2.60 lakhs per acre and 40,000 per acre towards improvement and development charges already incurred.  At that time the seller agreed not to develop any further area within the designated Auroville Township with the condition that Auroville would purchase the remaining 50 acres from him.  After 3 years, consent was given for the purchase of remaining 50 acres @ Rs.2,75,000 per acre + 47,600 per acre towards development and improvement.  The consent given for Rs.23.80 lakhs towards improvement and development was not justified.

 

As per delegation of powers the Central Government alone is empowered to purchase or to receive as gift any immovable property of the value of more than Rs. One Crore.  The Government sanction for the above transaction was not obtained though the value exceeded Rs. One Crore.

 

 

j)                         Encroachments of Auroville lands

            It is observed that there were un-authorised constructions and encroachments on Auroville lands vide instances give below. 

Sl.

No.

 

Village

 

R.S.No.

 

Extend of land

 

Type of Activity

 

1

Irumbai

   

385/3.4

 

 

189,193,231/2

and 241

1.95acre

 

 

Not available

Unturhotised construction of workshop and rooms

 

Encroachments

2

Pulichapallam

    461/1

    458/1

1.2 acre

7.31 acres

Encroachments

     

 

 

There is no mechanism to prevent such encroachments before they occur.  Register of Encroachments indicating village S.No. and extent of land encroached and action taken for eviction is also not maintained.

 

k)                       Non-obtaining of valuation certificates:

It is observed that in the cases listed below along with the land, buildings, motors, bore well, trees, electricity fittings, etc. were also purchased at the rates quoted by the sellers without obtaining any valuation certificate from the approved valuers to verify the reasonableness of the rates quoted by the sellers.

 

Sl.

No.

Village Survey No.& names of seller

Extent Value of land

Value of other items

1

Irumbai 130/2,128/2,102/5

        169/3 & 92/1

P.Karthavarayan

   9.215 acres

Rs.9,90,562.56

1900 sq.m.

Cashew Trees

Rs.90,062.50

Rs. 1,65,000

2

Nadukuppam

761/3

J.Venkatesan

 

Rs.45,000

 

3

Irumbai

288/3,4,5,7,8,11

288/11

291/10

Lingasamy & Pandurangan

1.78 acres

 

0.26 acre

0.06 acre

Rs.9,45,000

 

Coconut, Mango, teak and neem trees bore well Electrical fittings and motor

Rs.2,25,000

 

3.17    MATRIMANDIR

 

             The Matrimandir, a huge sphere which contains a white chamber in which sun light pours down upon a glass globe, is both the geographical and spiritual centre of Auroville.  The Matrimandir is a place of silence and concentration.  The Mother approved the model of Matrimandir and the foundation stone there for was laid on the 21st February 1971.  The major areas of work on the structure are under completion and attention is being given to the development of surrounding garden and a lake. Completion of main structure alone (sans lake and garden) is scheduled for completion in February 2007.  The Matrimandir together with its gardens extends over an area of 28 ha.  Mr. Roger Anger a close disciple of Mother has been named by her as Chief Architect of Auroville Town Ship and Matrimandir.  It was stated The Mother has explained her vision of Matrimandir to Mr. Roger Anger and Matrimandir is being executed as per her vision.

 

            A perusal of records made available revealed the following:

 

a)        No Master plan based on Mother’s vision detailing implementation and monitoring mechanism, mobilization of resources, time schedule for completion etc. has been prepared for systematic and speedy execution of the project. 

 

b)        Before a project is taken up for execution, a project report is to be prepared  containing inter alia,

 

i)                    detailed estimate indicating the nature and volume of work to be done.  This should be supported by designs, plans and other related documents.

ii)                  The approximate cost of execution based on the above estimates indicating the cost of the materials to be purchased, labour charges to be incurred and administrative / other incidental expenses.  The rates adopted would be supported by schedule of rates prevailing in the locality; and

iii)                The time schedule for the completion of each activity and the project as a whole.

 

Once this is prepared, this should be scrutinized by a competent technical authority who would examine its technical viability and its cost effectiveness. After the technical sanction, financial sanction of the nominated authority is to be obtained before the work is taken up. 

 

c) It is observed that no such procedural formalities indicated in (b) above were adhered in the case of Matirmandir. 

 

            It is observed that the Matirmandir project cost would work out to several crores of rupees.  A sum of Rs. 26.60 crores has been spent on the project to end of March 2005.

 

d)  In spite of the huge volume of work and cost involved no detailed procedure has been laid down for preparation of estimates, getting technical and financial sanctions, fixing norms for calling for tenders/quotations and placing of purchase orders for procurement of materials, etc.  The system of maintaining Measurement Books to record, measure and check measure the work done, which is a requisite in the execution of civil works is also not in vogue.

 

            On 26th August 2003 the Matrimandir core group appointed a Consultant Engineer for Matrimandir Project and decided that henceforth all work proposals should be presented to the core group after they are approved by the Consultant Engineer.  The Consultant Engineer desired that all work proposals sent to him for approval should be accompanied by:

i)                    sketches/drawings approved by Shri Roger Anger, Chief Architect or site architects.

ii)                  detailed estimated quantities of various items of work

iii)                detailed financial estimates supported by enquiries, quotations etc.

The Consultant Engineer also named three site engineers for the project.   

 

            In July 2004 a cost estimate for completing the remaining works of Matrimandir building structure at cost of Rs.506 lakhs was prepared.  It could not be ensured whether the approval of Consultant Engineer was obtained after following the above procedure laid down by him as the relevant records were not made available for verification.

 

            It is observed that there was no provision in the estimate to incur expenditure on “Water proofing of hemisphere”.  However, an expenditure of Rs.32.03 lakhs has been incurred to the end of October, 2005 on this item of work.  Further, there was an excess expenditure over the provisions made in the estimate to an extent of Rs.62.30 lakhs to the end of October 2005 in respect of other items.

 

            It is observed that monetary resources were not a constraint in the execution of the project as seen below:-

 

Year            Fixed         Donations received            Expenditure

                     Deposits      (Foreign & Indian)

 

2000-01          75.16 lakhs            3.31 crores                                2.99 crores

2001-02         88.17                        1.84                                       1.71   

2002-03         89.02                        1.36                                       1.20   

2003-04         95.39                        1.99                                       1.33   

2004-05         68.57                         2.41                                       3.23   

 

            The work started in February 1971 involving an investment of Rs.26.60 Crores up to the end of March 2005 still remains incomplete and the Mother’s wish that “the Matrimandir will be the soul of Auroville” is yet to fructify even after 34 years.

 

Other observations:

a)     Refund of customs duty not obtained  – loss of Rs.27.68 lakhs.

 

Matrimandir is eligible to import goods without the payment of customs duty on the production of essentiality certificate.  It is observed that the goods were cleared by paying customs duty due to delay in the receipt of essentiality certificates from DSIR of Science and Technology Ministry, as non-clearance of goods would result in payment of demurrage charges.  Under Section 27 of Customs Act, one year time is allowed in such cases for filing applications for the refund of customs duty already paid.  In the case of materials  listed out in annexure, it is observed that the Matrimandir lost a sum of Rs.27.68 lakhs on account of

(i)         belated receipt of essentiality certificates and

belated filing of return for refund                                          Rs.   1,94,124

(ii)        essentiality certificate recd. in time but filed belatedly      Rs.   8,50,954

(iii)       essentiality certificate applied for in 1999-2000

but not received so far                                                          Rs.  17,22,459

                                                                        Total                            Rs.  27,67,537

 

There is no mechanism for effective follow up of receipt of essentiality certificates and refund claims.

 

b)  Non-Maintenance of FC 6 Register.

            As per FERA, organizations receiving foreign donations in kind should maintain a separate stock register of such donations in FC 6 format.  It is however, observed that Matrimandir receiving foreign contributions in kind directly is not maintaining FC 6 register.  Further there is no system of intimating the receipt of foreign contributions in kind to Auroville Fund (Foreign Contribution Acccount) which complies FC 3 return of foreign contributions received in Auroville for submission to Government of India.  As a result foreign contributions of Rs.12.09 lakhs received in kind during 2003-04 to 2005-06 did not figure in the FC 3 returns of respective years.

 

c)  Non-releasing of funds.

Foreign and Indian contributions received for Matrimandir during 2004-05 were not released to Matrimandir in full.

                                                                              Received                  Released

                                                                                          Rs.                     Rs.

 

Foreign contributions                                          98,62,282                   65,91,770

Indian contributions                                             96,74,503                   49,73,661 *

 

*including Rs.60,660 relating to 2003-04

           

The reasons for short release of funds are not on record.  Matrimandir is also not being informed about the total contributions received so that is could plan the execution of works in time.   

 

d) Gliding Equipment returned not reflected in the accounts.

On the recommendation of FAMC gliding equipment with accessories worth of Rs.8,00,806 received was returned in 2003-04 to the donor as they are not required at Matrimandir. However, this Transaction was not reflected in the accounts for the year 2003-04.

 

e) Materials lying outside Auroville not reflected in the accounts.

A perusal of the Balance Sheet as at 31.03.2005 revealed that an amount of Rs.3,50,000 advanced to M/s Hindustan Safety Glass Ltd. paid on 24.04.1998 was shown as outstanding advance and the value of materials amounting to Rs.9,30,909 unloaded on 20.09.1997 at the premises of the company has not been disclosed in the accounts.

 

f)  Depreciation of assets

Matrimandir has been under construction from 1971 and the work is still in progress as it involved different kinds of works viz. Inner Chamber, Inner skin, construction of petals, completion peace trees, etc.  The cumulative cost of this project from 1971 amounted to Rs.26.60 crores as on 31.03.2005 and no depreciation have been provided on this asset.  Though the project has not been completed as a whole and in principle no depreciation is chargeable, the assets created during the last 34 years would be subject to wear and tear due to efflux of time.  Hence, non-provision of depreciation is not in accordance with the generally accounting principles.

 

g) Banking transations

 

i)  As per Auroville Foundation Rules, 1997 all monies are to be kept in a bank account with State Bank of India.  It is however, observed that Matrimandir is having bank account with Karur Vysya Bank, Vysya Bank, and State Bank of India which is against the Rules of the Foundation.

 

ii)  It is observed that Matrimandir requested the Foundation Office on  11.08.2004, to release a sum of Rs.25,00,000/-.   As there were no sufficient funds in the account of Foundation, over draft facility was availed and Rs.25 lakhs was released to Matrimandir.  For availing the overdraft the Foundation incurred an interest of Rs.47, 470. It is however, seen that on 14.08.2004 Matrimandir deposited this sum of Rs.25 lakhs  in one of its bank account for 3 months.  Obtaining an over draft and depositing the same in term deposit account is not justified.

 

iii)  It is also observed that moneys were transferred from one account to another in the last week of a month vide instances given below:-

 

Date of Transfer   Amount Transferred      Balance available

                            From Karur Vysa Bank                  Date             with S.B.I.

                            To S.B.I (Rs.)        

 

27.05.2004                1,50,000                                 31.05.2004                2,25,634

30.07.2004                1,50,000                                 31.07.2004                1,75,700

27.08.2004                2,50,000                                 31.08.2004                2,72,655

 

Note:  There were no transactions in between these dates.

 

            As transfer of funds after 10th of every month results in foregoing interest such transfers are to be avoided except in case of actual need.

 

For Institute of Public Auditors of India

Dated: March 22, 2006

(John Varghese)

Secretary, Chennai Chapter

 

IN TAMIL SOIL NO NEO-COLONY

AMEND AUROVILLE FOUNDATION ACT

We have seen many temples vested with Archeological Department of India had not been maintained properly. Usually a Government organization should function effectively and that is the order of the day in all countries except in India. That is Indian people had lost faith in Indian bureaucracy. Similarly the dream project Auroville taken over from the hands of a Society had failed miserably in the matter of accountability. The mismanagement by Sri Aurobindo Society only led to the take over of the Auroville project by an Act of Indian Parliament called as The Auroville Foundation Act 1988. The same circumstances with regard to mismanagement prevail now, as would be known from the highlights of the Internal Audit Report of Institute of Public Auditors of India, Chennai chapter. Hence we urge the Ministry of Human Resources Development of Government of India to constitute a joint enquiry by a team comprising Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Central Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement Directorate .Based on the findings of such a team A Joint Parliamentary Committee should be constituted to bring in suitable amendments in The Auroville Foundation Act 1988. We feel Matrimandir must be handed over to Aurobindo Ashram, and as devotees they can manage their Mother’s Temple with dedication. This demand by Dravida Peravai which is fighting for the removal of the Aurobindo Ashram Trustees might surprise everyone. We want removal of Trustees, but most of the Ashramites are real devotees unlike the foreigners who use the mask of a Government Foundation to further their vested interests. The International Town which remains hidden amidst villages undeveloped to international standards must be made a Town where Tamils are in majority. Like Dr.Karan Singh’s Kashmir we are not saying other state people or other country people should not buy property here or live here. In Tamil soil making Tamils as beggars and bonded labourers foreigners should not establish a neo-colony, we are vigilant in this, and no Indian citizen will find fault with our approach. I had the Pondicherry Government Budget for 1974 in my hands before its presentation in Assembly by the 21 day Ministry headed by AIADMK’s S.Ramasamy. In my capacity as Propaganda Secretary of DMK for 1974 polls I worked hard but only 2 DMK legislators won, including Former Chief Minister M.O.H.Farook Maricar.The budget was read by Mr.M.O.H.Farook Maricar before then Chief Minister could read culminating in the defeat of 21 day Ministry. Similarly the Environment Impact Assessment ordered by Government of Puducherry about ground water pollution in Bahour-Kirumampakkam areas by Pondicherry University Professor Abbasi for years was not released, and people within Administration gave me the copy of the Interim Report which was released by Dravida Peravai, forcing Government to publish full report. Hence for public good, to generate awareness, and to draw the attention of the Government, in the absence of transparency in a Government organization answerable to Indian Parliament, we are reproducing the highlights of the Internal Audit, and it cannot be stated to be a secret, nor should it be kept in cold storage. For years same official remains Finance Officer defying the customary transfer in Government department to keep the administration clean, and a probe into Auroville functioning is necessary including transfer of officials who had remained for decades, working for their self Interest.

 

N.Nandhivarman, General Secretary Dravida Peravai

39 Montorsier Street, Puducherry 605001.

 

THE AUROVILLE FOUNDATION

INTERNAL AUDIT REPORT 2004-05

 

HIGH LIGHTS

 

1)                 In spite of enormous responsibility vested on the Foundation and high volume of transaction carried by about 192 units, the Foundation has no internal mechanism for periodical inspection of books and records of the units to ensure that they are functioning properly within the autonomy given to them.

 

(Para 2.03)

 

2)                 There is no centralized accounting of income reflecting totality of income and expenditure.  There is no overall budget for Auroville.  Foundation has no system to ensure that all money received through various channels have been properly accounted for and utilized.

 

3)                 The Foundation has not prescribed any regulations for fund raising.

(Para 3.1.1)

 

4)                 No regulations were framed u/s 32(2) of the Act 1988 regarding maintenance of accounts  

 (Para 3.1.2)

 

5)                 There is no system of physical verification of assets to ensure their    existence in good condition.

(Para 3.1.3)

 

6)         There are no regulations for borrowings.                                        

(Para 3.1.4)

7)         No investment policy has been laid down.

(Para 3.1.5)

 

8)         There is no system in the Foundation office to watch compliance of various duties assigned to the executives / Trustees

(Para 3.1.6)

 

9)                 There is no mechanism in the Foundation Office to ensure proper accounting and utilization of donations received.

(Para 3.1.7)

 

10)      In the absence of any regulations there were cases of disposal of movable property without the approval of Foundation Office.

(Para 3.1.8)

 

11)      Some of the provisions in the Trust Deeds are at variance with the delegation of powers approved by the Government.

(Para 3.1.9)

 

12)             The Income and Expenditure Account of Foreign Contribution Account does not reflect the total foreign contribution received during a year.  As per FC 3 return submitted to the Government of India under FERA the foreign contribution received in 2004-05 was Rs.13.95 crores as against Rs.6.38 crores shown in the Income and Expenditure Account.

(Para 3.2.1(b))

 

13)             Foreign contributions of Rs.10.16 lakhs received in kind were not accounted for in FC 3 return submitted to the Government of India.

 

(Para 3.2.10(a))

 

14)             As per Foundation Rules 1997 approved by the Government all monies received in Auroville are to be kept in a bank account with State Bank of India.  It is observed that bank accounts were maintained in other banks also.

(Para 3.2.1(d) 3.2. (b) 3.2.4 & 3.2.6(g))

 

15)             Some of the receipts issued for foreign contributions received were subsequently cancelled by pencil and in some cases in ink.  In none of these cases competent authority has authenticated the cancellations.

(Para 3.2.1(k))

 

16)             The Income and Expenditure Account (Indian Donation) does not indicate the actual donations received during the year.  The Indian donations received during 2004-05 amounted to Rs.1.67 crores as against Rs.2.00 crores shown in the Income and Expenditure Account.

(Para 3.2.2 (a))

 

17)             The cash and foreign exchange transactions handled by the Auroville Maintenance Fund ranged from Rs.78.49 crores to 149.33 crores during the last 5 years.  However, no rules and regulations were framed for administering the Maintenance Fund.

(Para 3.2.4(a))

 

18)             As per Delegation of Powers the Finance Committee and the Secretary are empowered to make long and short term investments.  However, the Executive of Maintenance Fund made investments without their approval.  Such investments for periods ranging from 91 days to 6 years stood at Rs.15.66 crores at the end of 31st March 2005. 

(Para 3.2.4(e)

 

19)      The Trust deeds do not contain any provision or authority for the Foundation to select auditors for the trusts. As the Settler of the Trusts the Foundation should have the right to appoint or prescribe a panel of Auditors and review their performance

(Para 3.10.c)

 

20)      Consolidated Receipts and Payments Account as required in the format of

            Account prescribed by Central Govt. has not been prepared               (para3.10.i)

 

 

21)  There is no system of ascertaining the reasonableness of the prices paid for   the land acquired by the Foundation.                                             (Para 3.2.5 (a)

 

21)      There is no practice of obtaining prior sanction of the competent authority before incurring expenditure on stamp duty, commission paid to intermediaries and other related expenses while purchasing the land for Auroville.

(Para 3.2.5(b)

 

22)      No enumeration has been done of the trees available/ planted in the geographical area of Auroville at a cost of Rs.73.62 lakhs.

(Para 3.2.5 (c)

 

23)      The loss on sale / exchange of land is not accounted for.

(Para 3.2.5(e)

 

24)      Approval of the Government is not being obtained for purchase of land wherever the cost involved is more than Rs.1 crore value.

(3.2.5 (i)

 

25)      No master plan based on “Mother’s vision of Matrimandir” detailing its implementation and monitoring mechanism, mobilization of resources, time schedule for completion, etc. has been prepared for systematic and speedy execution of the project.

(Para 3.2.6(a)

 

26)      Refund of customs duty forgone due to non adherence of the prescribed

            Procedures amounted Rs.27.68 lakhs.

(Para 3.2.6 (b)

 

27)      Indigenous and foreign contributions received for Matrimandir during 2004-05

            were not released in full for the purpose.

(Para 3.2.6 (d))

           

 


 

 

 

1. THE FOUNDATION

1.01         Auroville founded by the ‘Mother’ In Feb. 1968, developed as a cultural township with the aid of funds received from organizations in and outside India as also from substantial grants received from the Central and State Governments and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, contributing to international understanding and promotion of peace. For the purpose of encouraging, continuing and consolidating the aforesaid activities of Auroville it became necessary, in the public interest, to acquire the undertakings of Auroville. Auroville was vested in the Central Government under Sec.3 of the Auroville Foundation Act, 1988 and was held by the custodian till the 31st March, 1992 on behalf of the Central Govt. together with the right, title and interest. Thereafter the said undertaking was vested in the Auroville Foundation established by notification dated 29th January 1991 of the Govt. of India with effect from 01.04.1992 together with the right, title and interest.

1.02    The Auroville Foundation constituted under the Act comprises of three principal authorities via. (i) The Governing Board, (ii) The Resident’s Assembly and (iii) Auroville International Advisory Council.

1.03    The Governing Board consisting of members nominated by the Central Govt. have the power for general superintendence, direction and management of the affairs of the Foundation and exercise all the powers and discharge all the functions which may be exercised by the Foundation under the Act; inter-alia .including :

a)     reviewing basic policies and programmes and giving necessary directions for the future development of Auroville

b)     according approval to the programmes drawn up by the Residents Assembly   and

c)      Monitoring and reviewing the activities of Auroville to ensuring proper management of the properties vested in the Foundation. The Act also envisages that the Foundation shall prepare a master plan of Auroville. The Act envisages that the Foundation shall be accountable to the Govt. and the Parliament and for the purpose shall have Annual Accounts prepared and duly audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG). The form of Accounts shall be as prescribed by the Central Govt in consultation with the C&AG.

1.04    Present Status

There are at present about 200 units/entities engaged in various activities, some commercial in nature, some service oriented including research, some in manufacture. They are not easily correlated to the main objectives of the Foundation, There does not appear to be any long term policy or plan for these units. They however, are entrusted with the assets of The Foundation, deal with the public and their relationship and accountability to the Foundation and to the Govt and the Parliament is informal and not often enforced. While it may be desirable to democratize various activities in Auroville with the Residents Assembly as the fountainhead of legitimacy, there are serious deviations from the accepted canons of propriety and public accountability as enumerated in the succeeding parts of this report. This raises legitimate concerns about the compliance not only with the letter and spirit of the Act and the Rules, but also the appropriateness of the Foundation acting as an umbrella for organizations that have very little to do with the “Vision”. The manner of appointment of Trustees and supervision over the operations of TRUSTS handling large sums of public moneys need a close review. Selecting a few individuals who are not employees of the Foundation and who are not treated as public servants with no defined accountability or fiduciary responsibility, and entrusting large sums of public moneys, without the discipline of well defined financial rules and procedures appear to be hazardous and certainly not in public interest.

If it is considered that the Foundation should have a minimal role in the operation of Trusts that use its resources (including land), alternative systems including statutory changes are required .This may involve a deliberate and systematic delinking.

 

1.05    The Residents’ Assembly consisting of all the residents of Auroville advises the Governing Board in respect of all activities relating to the residents of Auroville including admission of persons in the Register of Residents of Auroville. A Working Committee of the Residents’ Assembly has been constituted under the Act. The Working committee is empowered to create or constitute other organizations, trusts, societies or associations to carry on activities relatable to Auroville, with the approval of the Governing Board of the Foundation. They are subject to their commitment to the ideals laid down in the charter and are mandated to function in conformity with the decisions of the Governing Board.

1.06    The Auroville International Advisory Council consisting of nominated members by Govt. to advise the Governing Board on any matter relating to the development and management of Auroville.

1.07    The Powers to make Rules governing the operations and management of the foundation and its organs vests in the Central Govt. The Rules currently in force are given in Appendix. The Rules vests the authority to deal with the assets of the Foundation exclusively in the Governing Council. The Governing Council may refer matters relating to Funds and Assets to a Committee called Finance Committee comprising the Financial Adviser to the Ministry, as the Chairman, the Secretary of the Foundation and other representatives of the Govt and the Governing Board as members.

Under the Rules another body constituted by the Residents Assembly – Funds and Assets Management Committee has been empowered to decide on all issues related to funds and assets of the Foundation, subject to a Veto by the Finance Committee or the Board.