Dr.KANGUEANE of BIO_INFORMATICS GETS AWARD

Dravida Peravai sets new trend

Symposium on Human Genome Project

To hold a symposium on Human Genome project is not in the agendas of action pursued by political parties. On 15.12.2000 in its party auditorium Dravida Peravai invited Dr.Pandjassarame Kangueane of the National University of Singapore to deliver a lecture on this subject.

After 12 years on 8 th April 2012, Global Organization of People of Indian Origin conferred on him Bharath Jyothi awards, and you can see Dr.Kangueane second from left in photograph. Close on the heels of this award, he won Father title from his new born baby, the birth became cause of celebrations in Irulansanthai village near Pondicherry. Dravida Peravai wishes the just born Bio-Informatics scientist to scale greater heights as he grows from childhood to boyhood and then to scholar-hood.

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To know about the scientific achievement we are reproducing from THE TIMES OF INDIA report:

Human Genome mapping Complete: Experts

Bethesda( Maryland): The human genome is complete and the human genome project is over, leaders of public consortium of academic centers said on Monday. “We have before us the instruction set that carries each of us from one cell egg through adulthood to grave” Dr.Robert Waterson, a leading genome sequencer said at a news conference here at the National Institute of Health. Their announcement marked the end of a scientific venture that began in October 1990 and was expected to take 15 years. Monday’s finishing date two years ahead of schedule, was timed to coincide with the 50 th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA by Dr.James D.Watson and Dr.Francis Crick. Their article appeared in the April 25, 1953 issue of “Nature”.

Dr.Watson who became the first Director of the Human Genome project at the institute was at a conference here on Monday to celebrate the genome’s completion. He had sought that goal, he said realizing that a family members illness would never be treatable “until we understand the human programme for health and disease. A working draft of the human genome sequence was announced with much fanfare 3 years ago in a White House ceremony. But at that stage the human genome project had completed only 85 percent of the genome and its commercial rival the Celera Corporation using the projects data as well as its own, had attained somewhat more. The project’s draft was not a thing of beauty. It consisted thousands of short segments of DNA, whose order and orientation in the full genome was largely unknown. Three years later, the international consortium of genome sequencing centers has now put all the fragments in order and closed most of the gaps, producing an extensive and highly accurate sequence of the 3.1 billion u units of DNA of the human genome. The data perceived as the foundation of a new era of medicine, will be posted for free on genetic data banks. Celera whose data was available by subscription never intended to carry its draft genome to completion.

The working draft of three years ago contained most human genes and was useful for researchers seeking a specific gene. But up to a year ago biologists said they often had to do considerable extra sequencing work on the DNA regions they were interested in. The completed genome announced on Monday is far more accurate. It can be used out of the box, so to speak, without extra re-sequencing. The genes and other important elements of the genome are now almost in their correct position, a vital requirement for researchers seeking to locate a gene that contributes to disease. Scientists praised the  human genome project for its further 3 years of hard work and for producing a resource of enormous value to research. But several qualified their administration by noting that even if the project is complete, the human genome is not. The parts of the genome still missing are of minor importance, but many biologists would like to see them sequenced before declaring the genome finished. The human genome is packed in 23 pairs of chromosomes, each a giant molecule of DNA. Though DNA’s best known role is to encode the information needed to build specific proteins, the working parts of the living cell, some of the DNA performs structured roles. This included the DNA at the tips of each chromosome/0 and at the center. The tip and center DNA consists of monotonously repeated sequences whose extract order of units is so hard to determine that the consortium’s leaders said from the outset they would not try to do so. …. [news report by: Nicholas Wade in 2003]

On this issue even in 2000 itself Dravida Peravai, the only political party in India which showed interest in developing scientific temper, organized a symposium. The invitation of the symposium is as follows:

FUTURE MEDICINE INFLUENCED BY HUMAN GENOME PROJECT AND COMPUTATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS: SYMPOSIUM

Venue: Anna Arangam- Date:15.12.2000–Welcome Address: Ms.Hemavathy [Vice president Science Forum ] President: N.Nandhivarman [ General Secretary Dravida Peravai ] in the august presence of Dr.S.V.Narayanan  Dean of School of Management, Pondicherry University 

Keynote Address in Tamil

by young scientist of Singapore and son of Pondicherry’s soil

Dr.Pandjassarame Kangueane B.Tech. Ph.D

” The future is full of promise as it is fraught with uncertainty. The industrial society is giving way to one based on knowledge and those without it. We must learn and be part of the knowledge based world. Knowledge is fundamental in Biology, a discipline of extreme complexity. The Human Genome Project and computational developments will change the practice of medicine in future. in his key note address, the young scientist of our soil will outline how HLA (gene) INFORMATICS can be utilized in vaccine design, diagnosis and treatment” All from all walks of life are cordially invited, said the invitation. Dr.Arima Magizhgo delivered the vote of thanks.

Update on 27.12.2012 : Our friendship which lasted 12 years, resulted in me becoming one of the Associate Editors of Govern Good, a net magazine getting Rs 5000 per month for past 6 months for cofee expenses as Dr.Kangeaune would prefer to call. Dr.Kangeaune donated a chair for our party office when symposium was held. I had borrowed Rs 10,000 from him by cheque repayable before I breath my last. My life is open book and since my days are numbered I record everthing that happened in my life..

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ON AUROBINDO GHOSH

Nandhivarman

ANSWERED….

Serial 1

  ■ What Nethaji thought of Aurobindo Ghosh and his teachings?

 Nethaji Subbash Chandra Bose was Chairman of All India Youth Congress in December 1928. In his speech he attacked two schools of thought, which have their centers at Sabarmati and Pondicherry, namely schools of Gandhi and Aurobindo. Gandhi’s school according to Nethaji opined “modernity was bad, economic development unnecessary and that we must go back to the days of bullock cart”. The Pondicherry school created “a feeling and an impression that there is nothing higher or nobler than peaceful contemplation”.

 ■ What happened to Mahatma Gandhi’s request to meet Aurobindo Ghosh?

 Mahatma Gandhi wrote that “ever since my return to India I have been anxious to meet you face to face…Now that is almost certain that I am to be in Pondicherry will you spare me few minutes and see me? Aurobindo Ghosh replied in his own hand: “ I think you will understand that it is not personal or mental choice but something impersonal from deeper source for the inner necessity of work and sadhana that prevents me from receiving you but I cannot do otherwise than keep to the rule I have adhered to for some years past”.

Aurobindo refused to meet Mahatma Gandhi, yet Sonia Gandhi’s party is bent on spending government money for celebrating his arrival to this soil.

 ■ Mother, is she a Jew?

Gabriel Monod Herzen, a biographer of Aurobindo Ghosh says: Moise Maurice Alfassa’s birth was registered with the foreign Jewish community of Constantinople, under Italian protection. Mirra is short form of Miriam, a common Jewish forename. One of Mirra’s other forenames, Rachel, was the forename of her paternal grandmother Rachel Hillel. Mirra’s maternal grandmother, Mira Ismalum nee Pinto, wrote in her memoirs that she and her husband were of the Jewish religion. This information should be kept secret. After all we Indians should only call her Mother. I am against calling anyone other than one’s own Mother as Mother. All women must be revered like mother, I don’t dispute it. This practice of calling Mirra Alfassa as Mother had opened the floodgates of other spiritual masculine masters too,[ all know Bangaru Adigal is called as Amma]  urging their followers to call themselves Amma. This craziness catches political leaders too and Miss J.Jayalalitha had become Amma. Everyone forgets their own mother and calls other for sake of sycophancy as Mother. This practice I don’t welcome.

 ■ How the life of Aurobindo Ghosh ended?

 In mid 1949 Aurobindo began to experience frequent and difficult urination. Dr.Prabhat Sanyal from Calcutta diagnosed …. Later one day the symptoms of Aurobindo’s prostatic-hyperplasia reappeared. The doctors were confident that he would use his yogic force to make them subside and were dismayed when the symptoms worsened. Albumen appeared in the urine, then acetone, a grave signal…… It was chilly during the monsoon and Aurobindo’s discomfort increased. A few days before November 24 darshan, Dr.Satyavrata Sen was consulted. He confirmed the diagnosis. But what is the remedy, Aurobindo asked. The only radical remedy was to remove the prostrate surgically. It was relatively safe and straightforward procedure, but they were aware that Aurobindo and Mother would never approve of it….. Darshan passed off

Over the next few days Aurobindo’s symptoms worsened. The doctors had no alternative than to pass a catheter. This gave immediate relief, but also brought on a fever. Dr.Sanyal was called from Calcutta. Arriving on the evening of November 30 of 1949 he asked Aurobindo what the trouble was. Trouble, Aurobindo replied “Nothing troubles me, and suffering, one can be above it” Nirodbaran reminded him of his urinary difficulties. After consulting with other doctors and checking the lab reports, Dr.Sanyal explained Aurobindo and his Mother that Aurobindo had a mild kidney infection. He hoped anti-biotic and normal drainage would set things right. The next day there was considerable improvement.

On December 2 Dr.Sanyal explained that the condition was slightly worse and sought permission to try more aggressive treatment. Mother did not consent; she told his body would not respond to powerful drugs. That evening Aurobindo’s temperature shot up to 102 degrees. He began to have trouble in breathing, sign of reduced kidney efficiency. The doctors insisted that he have a blood analysis. The results were staggering “all the signs of imminent kidney failure.

 December 5: Around one of clock in the morning Mother of Ashram came back to his room. Then she told doctors call me when the time comes and went back to her room. At that time Aurobindo’s breathing was so labored that he had to be given oxygen. Around 1:15 he roused himself, inquired about the time and asked Nirodbaran for something to drink. After sipping a bit of juice, he plunged within. At 1:26 Aurobindo placed his arms on chest and breathed his last….

 Those who read this will know how he passed away, the ailment he had and that caused his death. It is like any other human being facing his end, and that is why Ashram is scared that all myths built around him to generate an aura will vanish in air, if rationalists start raising questions.

 His death proves that his integral yoga could not transform his cells, locating the mind in each cell, nor he had found the key to death nor he had attained a super mind. His physical ailment cannot be cured by his yoga, doctors are needed. So the myth he is an avatar or god on earth or God-man will be punctured if the fact about his natural death due to kidney failure is known. All fantastic prose and poetry woven around a false belief that immortality on Earth could be attained stood exposed by his death.

Nothing abnormal, in past Tamil Saint Thirumoolar claimed that by yoga he lived for 3000 years and wrote one poem every year in his Classic known as “Thirumanthiram”. Mathew Arnold wrote a poem scholar gypsy where he stated that gypsies knew the secret to live for 200 or 300 years. Saint Ramalinga Adigal claimed that he will attain a body of light and vanish in the space. Justice Balaramiah, a known follower of Ramalinga Adigal wrote a book “Vallalar Death: is it murder or mukthi?’

So seers and sages where chasing the idea of conquering death, and all failed. Aurobindo too failed, that is why I call him failed prophet.

 ■Do you say his yoga had no power?

 From the events narrated it seems his body did not get decomposed for few days. I think his yogic power might have caused that achievement. “The laws of French India required funerals to take place within 48 hours, so permission had to be attained to delay Aurobindo’s internment. On the morning of December 7 Dr V.P.Barbet Chief Medical Officer of Pondicherry together with Dr.Sanyal and Dr.Nirodbaran examined Aurobindo’s body and found no sign of decomposition. On morning of December 9, hundred hours after the moment of death, the first signs of decomposition appeared. At 5 o clock body placed in a rosewood casket was lowered into the vault. No religious rites were observed. Nolini and Champaklal threw earth into the vault before it was sealed.

 Only 100 hours a body could be maintained without decomposing, that alone integral yoga could deliver, this is what rationalists feel and we have freedom of expression to talk about a death which is part of history. Ashram people are not dictators to seal all lips and plaster all ears and blind all eyes of people who read history, who unearth hidden history.

 To be continued…………………….

 N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai

robbing tsunami victims

CAG REPORT INDICTS RANGASAMY GOVERNMENT ON TSUNAMI FRAUD: SONIA TO DECIDE on 7th JULY 2008

 

[The Chief Minister, who had lost the support of his entire cabinet, and enjoys the support of only 2 legislators of the Congress Legislature party, who had been avoiding going to New Delhi for past one week on the pretext of stomach pain, finally had been sternly summoned by the Congress high command, and he is scheduled to meet Congress President Ms.Sonia Gandhi on 7th July 2008 10.A.M, who may send him to AIIMS hospital for curing his stomach pain. We submit the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General on his handling of the Tsunami funds, over which, Dravida Peravai had been spearheading a campaign for CBI enquiry. Let media men be in slumber by not even exposing CAG Report indictments, but like tsunami that struck by surprise, the Chief Minister who stage manages a clean image by throwing lavish advertisements even to monthlies, weeklies with less than 100 copy circulation, will be washed away to the dustbin of history. Of course he is the richest and purchasing power of that money will be witnessed from the day he steps down till next electoral verdict is written by the people of Puducherry….. N.N]

 

CHAPTER III PERFORMANCE REVIEWS 25 PERFORMANCE REVIEWS

This chapter presents two performance reviews on Tsunami Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Functioning of Government General Hospitals and one long paragraph on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

 

REVENUE AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENTS

 

3.1 Tsunami Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Highlights: The Tsunami of December 2004 damaged 33 villages in the Union Territory of Puducherry. The Government provided assistance in cash and kind to the affected families. There was no comprehensive action plan to utilize funds received from Government of India. There were deficiencies in identification of beneficiaries for immediate relief and rehabilitation of Tsunami affected people. Assistance for repair/replacement of fishing crafts was delayed by 4 to 17 months after the calamity. There was delay in providing assistance for rehabilitation. Considerable delay was also noticed in reconstruction activities. Consequently, Tsunami affected families were not resettled as of September 2006. Monitoring of the implementation was poor. – Disaster Management Authority was not functional when Tsunami struck. Government of India scheme for creation of coastal shelterbelt to reduce the impact of cyclone was not implemented during 2000-04.

(Paragraphs 3.1.6.1 and 3.1.6.2)

– Government of India sanctioned Rs 255.62 crore till March 2006 as against Rs 312.37 crore recommended by central team. The reported expenditure of Rs 175.44 crore included Rs 55.42 crore comprising amount kept unspent, inadmissible expenditure, diversion of funds and a case of excess expenditure. (Paragraph 3.1.7)

 

Audit Report for the year ended 31 March 2006 – Though 2,006 houses were identified as damaged in Tsunami, Revenue Department did not restrict the payment of compensation only to house owners, but compensation was given to 5,247 families who claimed to live there. Scale of assistance prescribed by GOI was not followed. (Paragraphs 3.1.8.1 and 3.1.8.2)

 

– Government did not take action to claim and pay insurance amount due to active fishermen who died in Tsunami under the National Scheme for Welfare of Fishermen. (Paragraph 3.1.8.3)

 

– Assistance to fishermen was given 4 to 17 months after the calamity. (Paragraph 3.1.8.6)

 

– No comprehensive programme was evolved for infrastructure development for utilizing plan assistance. Out of 7,567 numbers of houses planned to be constructed, only 595 houses were completed as of November 2006 and of this, 495 houses were not allotted to Tsunami victims. (Paragraph 3.1.9.1)

 

3.1.1 Introduction: Tsunami is a series of waves generated when a large body of water such as a lake or ocean is rapidly displaced on a massive scale due to earthquake or volcanic eruptions. The impact of earthquake that had its epicenter off the Coast of Sumatra Island in Indonesia triggered the occurrence of Tsunami in the south eastern coast of India on the morning of 26 December 2004. The Tsunami caused extensive loss of lives and damages to both public and private properties along the Coastal States of South India including Union Territory (UT) of Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar islands. In the UT of Puducherry, which consists of four coastal enclaves1, Tsunami caused damages in Puducherry and Karaikal regions and Government notified (January 2005) 33 villages in Puducherry (16) and Karaikal (17) regions for the purpose of relief and rehabilitation. The details of damages reported to Government of India (GOI) are given in Appendix XV. The majority of affected families derived their livelihood from fishing, agriculture and rearing livestock. Immediately after Tsunami, Government accommodated 30,000 affected people in 48 relief camps2 and distributed ex-gratia payment to families of 1 Three (Puducherry, Karaikal and Yanam) in the eastern coast and one (Mahe) in the western coast 2 Schools, marriage halls, temples, community halls, etc.

 

Chapter III – Performance Reviews 2 7 the deceased, cash for funeral and medical expenses. Relief packages consisting of rice, kerosene, saree and dhoties etc., bed sheets and supply of textbooks, uniforms to affected children were also made during December 2004 to February 2005. Cash dole were given for purchase of utensils, repair of damaged houses, sustenance and loss of crop and livestock. Government also restored the essential services like water supply and electricity. As mid-term relief, the Government provided assistance for repair and replacement of fishing crafts and reclamation of agricultural land. Besides repairing public property like roads, bridges etc., the Government has undertaken construction of houses, public utilities and preventive measures such as construction of coastal protection belt as one of the permanent relief measures.

 

3.1.2 Organizational set-up: Immediately after the disaster, Government appointed (31 December 2004) Development Commissioner and Secretary (Education and Power) as the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (RRC) to manage and co-ordinate the arrangements for distributing relief supplies received from GOI, UT Government and other sources. The Revenue Department was placed under his control for this purpose. The immediate relief measures undertaken by five departments3 were monitored by State Level Relief and Rehabilitation Committee constituted in January 2005 with Chief Minister as Chairman. Government also established (April 2005) a Project Implementation Agency (PIA), a registered society, headed by a Project Director and assisted by Joint Project Director and other staff. The society has to implement the mid-term and long term rehabilitation and reconstruction measures through Revenue Department (now renamed as Revenue and Disaster Management Department) and other 134 departments. Besides, 185 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) were involved in construction of houses to resettle the Tsunami affected families along with PIA.

 

3.1.3 Audit objectives: The objectives of Audit were to assess: whether proper institutional mechanism had been set up byGovernment for disaster management, adequacy of funding for relief activities and whether utilisation ofthe funds was proper,3 Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Education, Fisheries and Revenue4 Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Education, Electricity, Fisheries, Forest and Wildlife, Health, Local Administration, Public Works, Rural Development, Social Welfare, Tourism and Women and Child Development5 Over and above, Government of Maharashtra has also undertaken activities pertaining to construction of houses

 

Audit Report for the year ended 31 March 2006:28: the efficiency in providing immediate assistance and rehabilitation to affected families, the efficiency, economy and effectiveness of long term relief activities such as creation of assets and permanent infrastructure and resettlement of Tsunami victims, ?? The quality of monitoring and co-ordination mechanism to oversee rehabilitation activities.

 

3.1.4 Audit criteria

The criteria adopted in conducting the audit were: Rules in force on disaster management and policy adopted by the Government; conditions stipulated by GOI and UT Government while releasingfunds; the details of assistance received from various sources; norms prescribed by GOI for expenditure from National CalamityContingency Fund (NCCF);?? Target and schedule prescribed by Government for rehabilitation work and?? Monitoring mechanism adopted for extending relief and rehabilitation.

 

3.1.5 Audit coverage and methodology: Audit was conducted from November 2005 to March 2006 in Revenue and 13 other departments6, PIA and District Rural Development Agency (DRDA). Records relating to the period December 2004 to March 2006 on relief and rehabilitation activities maintained in the 14 departments covering all the 33 affected villages and status reports on the activities of NGOs in PIA were test checked in audit. An entry conference was held with the RRC in January 2006 and field visits were undertaken.

6 Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Education, Electricity, Fisheries, Forest and Wildlife, Health, Local Administration, Public Works, Rural Development, Social Welfare, Tourism and Women and Child Development

 

Chapter III – Performance Reviews; 2 9: Audit findings

3.1.6 Disaster management

3.1.6.1 Institutional arrangement

Based on the GOI recommendations, the Government constituted a State Disaster Management Authority in September 2003 under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary to ensure co-coordinated steps towards mitigation and preparedness when disaster strikes. A District Disaster Management Committee was also formed (September 2003) for extending immediate relief to disaster affected people. However, no Disaster Management Policy has been framed. After occurrence of Tsunami, Government constituted (03 January 2005) a Committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister to monitor and review the relief operations. Government also appointed a Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner to manage and co-ordinate relief operations. Thus, the institutions set up to manage disaster were not functional at the time of occurrence of Tsunami. After notification of the Central Act in December 2005, the UT Government was to initiate action to frame Rules. But the Rules had not been framed as of October 2006. No framing of Disaster Management Policy in time resulted in the absence of set framework of actions to be undertaken upon occurrence of Tsunami. Government stated (November 2006) that GOI had been requested (October 2006) to bring the Central Act into force in the UT with effect from 2 October 2006 and the Rules as well as the state policy would be framed and finalized on receipt of GOI notification.

 

3.1.6.2 Construction of coastal shelterbelt: All the four regions of the UT are located in coastlines and prone for cyclone. In order to create a belt of trees in coastlines to reduce the impact of cyclone, GOI sanctioned (January 2001) Rs 90.32 lakh to cover 448 hectare of land under ‘Integrated Afforestation and Eco-Development Project Scheme’. The scheme was to be implemented during 2000-02. GOI released Rs 20.12 lakh during 2000-01 as first installment. The Forest Department spent Rs 3.40 lakh for creating coastal shelterbelt during 2000-01, but stopped the work due to objection raised by fishermen. As the first installment was not spent in full, the balance amount was not released by GOI. Only after Tsunami, the Department spent Rs 5.48 lakh during 2004-05. The balance amount of Rs 11.24 lakh remained unspent as of July 2006. Had the Department implemented the scheme in 2001-02 by obtaining the entire funds sanctioned by GOI, the impact of Tsunami on the lives and properties could have been contained and reduced.Government stated (November 2006) that the Central scheme was not successful due to non-cooperation of the local fishermen community. This contention is not tenable as the Government failed to convince the Rules under ‘Disaster Management Act’ and Government policy on Disaster Management were not framed fishermen community regarding the benefits of the scheme for more than two years.

 

The UT Government sought (January 2005) Rs 465.99 crore for providing short term and long term relief to the Tsunami affected people. The activity wise details are given in Appendix XVI. The central team visited (January 2005) the affected areas and recommended Rs 312.37 crore. GOI sanctioned (March 2005 to March 2006) Rs 255.62 crore for Tsunami relief and released Rs 203.21 crore during the period March 2005 to March 2006. Government spent Rs 175.44 crore as of March 2006. The activity-wise details are given in Appendix XVII. Though the amount already released was not spent in full, GOI provided (2006-07) an additional plan assistance of Rs 220 crore for creation of infrastructure in Tsunami affected areas. Government stated (November 2006) that the report prepared in first week of January 2005 was tentative and did not include long term rehabilitation GOI sanctioned more funds than sought for, but the amount released was not spent

 

Chapter III – Performance Reviews: 3 1 requirement. This contention is not tenable as Rs 465.99 crore sought for by the UT Government included Rs 358.01 crore for reconstruction activities.

 

3.1.7.2 Overstatement of expenditure

The expenditure of Rs 175.44 crore includes Rs 107.15 crore drawn as advance by eight departments during December 2004 to March 2006, of which Rs 29.517 crore remained unspent as of March 2006. Test check revealed that Revenue and Fisheries Departments kept Rs 7.84 crore, released from funds received under RGRP, in bank (Rs 7.01 crore) and with PIA (Rs 0.83 crore).The remaining six departments kept Rs 21.67 crore received under plan assistance in bank (Rs 16.34 crore), with PIA (Rs 4.25 crore) and with DRDA

(Rs 1.08 crore). Thus, actual expenditure was only Rs 145.93 crore. Government stated (November 2006) that many works could not be taken up due to enforcement of model code of conduct on account of election. The reply is not tenable as the amount was shown as expended without completion of works.

 

3.1.7.3 Diversion of funds and charging of excess expenditure

 

Against Rs 32.01 crore released by GOI for giving subsidy to fishermen for purchase of boats, the UT Government paid a subsidy of Rs 46.60 crore.The excess amount was met by diverting Rs 9.07 crore available as savings out of Rs 39.78 crore received under NCCF and Rs 5.52 crore out of Rs 30 crore received for reconstruction activities. Government attributed the diversion to payment of higher scale of compensation. Though cartage and storage charges are to be levied on deposit works only, the Electricity Department also charged Rs 13.33 lakh as cartage and storage charges on Tsunami works, which are Government works. This resulted in inflation of expenditure under ‘Tsunami Relief’.

 

3.1.7.4 Inadmissible expenditure

 

Out of the plan assistance of Rs 100 crore released by GOI during 2005-06 to create infrastructural facilities in Tsunami affected areas, Rs 52.59 crore was allocated to Public Works Department. Of this, the UT Government sanctioned Rs 11.19 crore for providing infrastructure in areas not affected by Tsunami as detailed below: 7 Agriculture (Rs 2.75 crore), Education (Rs 0.36 crore), Fisheries (Rs 2.01 crore), Forest and Wild Life (Rs 0.86 crore), Health and Family Welfare (Rs 2.21 crore), Local Administration (Rs 14.41 crore), Revenue (Rs 5.83 crore) and Rural Development (Rs 1.08 crore) Unspent amount was shown as expenditure Infrastructure was provided in areas not affected by Tsunami

 

3.25 Though Yanam was not declared as Tsunami affected,the works have been executed in Yanam.Construction of Women and Children Hospital, Puducherry7.94 The expenditure incurred during 2005-06 under the ongoing scheme ‘Construction of Women and Children Hospital’ in Puducherry, taken up before the occurrence of Tsunami was transferred to the scheme ‘creation of infrastructural facilities in Tsunami affected area’.

Total 11.19 the expenditure was beyond the scope of the programme. Government stated (November 2006) that flood control works in Yanam were taken up as nearby East Godavari District in Andra Pradesh was declared as Tsunami hit area and the Women and Children Hospital was situated within half a kilometer radium from the coast. These contentions are not tenable as Yanam was not declared as Tsunami affected area. Besides, the hospital work was sanctioned before the occurrence of Tsunami.

 

3.1.7.5 Unutilized assistance from other sources

 

In addition to GOI funds, the Government received assistance in kind (cloth, groceries, utensils, etc.) from public for providing immediate relief to the affected families. The materials not distributed were kept in stock for future use. Besides, Rs 2.59 crore was received from Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme remained unspent as of March 2006. GOI also allocated World Bank assistance of Rs 158.28 crore (May 2005) under ‘Emergency Tsunami Reconstruction Project’ for undertaking long term relief measures. Out of Rs 75 crore received and deposited with PIA, Rs 2.68 crore was spent as of March 2006. Though, the allocation was made by GOI in May 2005, no concrete proposals were sent even by March 2006 resulting in non-utilization of funds received. Government stated (November 2006) that proposals for Rs 135 crore for Fisheries, Agriculture and Forest sectors were sent to World Bank (May 2006) and of this, seven projects for Fisheries sector were approved for Rs 117 crore. However, no project was taken up even by November 2006.

 

3.1.8 Immediate relief and rehabilitation measures Immediately after Tsunami, the Government paid immediate relief assistance of Rs 15.66 crore to families affected by Tsunami as ex-gratia payment to family of deceased (Rs 5 crore), cremation expenses (Rs 0.25 crore), medical expenses to injured (Rs 0.44 crore), housing subsidy to damaged houses (Rs 9.28 crore), compensation for crop damage/ha (Rs 0.28 crore) and compensation for loss of cattle/poultry Chapter III – Performance Reviews 3 3 (Rs 0.41 crore). In addition, rice, kerosene, cloth, cash dole for utensils (Rs 2000) and sustenance (Rs 3000) were given to the affected families by Revenue and Fisheries Departments. The deficiencies noticed in the disbursement of immediate relief to the families affected in Tsunami are discussed below:

 

3.1.8.1 Identification of beneficiaries for payment of compensation -Housing Though only 2,006 houses were damaged in Tsunami in Puducherry, the Revenue Department had not restricted the payment of compensation to owners of the houses but paid compensation to 5,247 families who claimed to live in these 2,006 houses. Government stated (November 2006) that the families residing in the damaged houses suffered the loss. This contention is not tenable as the assistance was meant for repairing of the damaged houses which could be carried out only by the owners.

 

3.1.8.2 Non-adherence to scale for immediate relief assistance

Government of India released funds for ‘Relief and responses’ from NCCF.Though the UT Government sanctioned expenditure for relief on account of injury, loss of crops, livestock, etc., as per the norms prescribed in NCCF, Rs 6.21 crore were spent by Revenue Department during January 2005 to May 2005 in excess of prescribed monetary limit for providing gratuitous relief for death and assistance for repair and restoration of damaged houses as detailed below:

 

3.1.8.3 Non-obtaining of insurance benefits Under National Scheme for Welfare of Fishermen, GOI insured 24,500 active fishermen of the UT against accidents resulting in death or injury. Under the scheme, the Fisheries Department had to prefer the claims in case of accidents. Though 318 fishermen died in Tsunami in UT, the Department had not taken action to claim and pay Rs 50,000 per active fishermen who died. After audit had pointed this out, Government stated (November 2006) that action has now been initiated.

 

3.1.8.4 Deficiencies in identification of beneficiaries – Fishing Government have not enacted the Marine Fishing Regulation Act to issue license for fishing crafts under various categories owned by fishermen in UT. Consequently, the Fisheries Department could not identify the number of fishing crafts damaged or lost in Tsunami. This resulted in payment of assistance based on the affidavits given by fishermen. The Department paid assistance for repair/replacement of 7,878 fishing crafts in Puducherry and Karaikal regions till May 2006. While 17,208 men were required to operate 7,878 fishing crafts, only 13,867 active fishermen were available in Puducherry and Karaikal regions as per census (2000) conducted by the Department. Government contended (November 2006) that all crafts would not be operated at a given time for fishing and one fisherman would be engaged in more than one craft. The fact, however, remained that failure to enact the Marine Fishing Regulation Act resulted in non-identification of crafts damaged/lost and Government had to release assistance based on the affidavits. In Karaikal region, 2,067 fishermen were to be paid assistance for repair/replacement of fishing crafts as per survey conducted by a special team. Of this, 582 fishermen were given fishing crafts by NGOs. Against the remaining 1,485 fishermen requiring assistance, the Fisheries Department Paid assistance to 1,898 fishermen (Rs 15.49 crore) as of May 2006.Resultantly, assistance amounting to Rs 3.37 crore was also extended to 413 fishermen over and above the number of fishermen identified during survey by special team. Government contended (November 2006) that the NGOs would have extended assistance to fishermen who were already benefited from Government. This was indicative of poor monitoring.

 

UT Government for this purpose with other funds and kept them in savings bank account. This resulted in non-crediting of interest earned on the amount in Tsunami Fund for utilization in Tsunami Relief. Government attributed (November 2006) the delay to non-cooperation of village panchayatars and contended that the interest earned by the society would be spent only for the welfare of fishermen. These contentions are not tenable as the non-cooperation was due to improper assessment of beneficiaries and the interest earned on Tsunami Fund would be utilized for other schemes implemented by the society.

 

GOI approved (October 2005) the ‘Prime Minister’s Child Assistance Scheme’ which provided for deposit of Rs 51,000 in the name of the child who have lost one parent in Tsunami and were less than 18 years of age on the day of Tsunami. The monthly interest on the deposit should be paid to the surviving parent till the child attains the age of 18 years and the amount would be released thereafter to the child. The scheme was to be implemented from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF).Though, the Director, Women and Child Development Department identified (December 2005), 172 children under the scheme and funds were received (September 2006), the deposits were not made as of October 2006.Government stated (November 2006) that the Department has been requested to release money. Assistance for repair/replacement of fishing crafts were given 4 to 17 months after the calamity Benefits under the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund was not extended to people affected in Tsunami

 

Similarly, under Universal Health Insurance Scheme, approved by GOI(October 2005) for assistance from PMNRF, the persons in the Tsunami affected family were to be insured for death (Rs 2 lakh) and disability(Rs 1 lakh) due to accident. As a comprehensive insurance policy was not evolved, the scheme was not implemented (October 2006).Government stated (November 2006) that the list of fishermen to been rolled was sent to Insurance company and further action would be taken by the Insurance company. This indicates the poor co-ordination by Government with Insurance Company.

 

3.1.9 Infrastructure development and reconstruction

3.1.9.1 Delay in construction of houses

 

The UT Government decided (March 2005) to construct houses outside the Coastal Regulation Zone by purchasing land and allot them to families living in Tsunami affected areas. Out of 7,567 houses proposed to be constructed, 4,984 were to be constructed by NGOs and the Government of Maharashtra and 125 by PIA. The remaining 2,458 houses would be constructed by the beneficiaries with Government assistance. Besides, PIA had to provide infrastructure such as internal roads, drains, water supply etc., in all areas where houses were proposed to be constructed. As of November 2006, 595 houses were completed by NGOs, of which 100 houses were handed over to the beneficiaries and construction of 4,389 houses was under progress. While construction of 57 houses was taken up by beneficiaries using Government assistance in the land where the damaged houses were located, the remaining 2,527 houses were not taken up as of November 2006. As such only 100 out of 7,567 beneficiaries were resettled even by November 2006. Besides, construction of houses in the locations affected by Tsunami would defeat the objective of relocation.

 

3.1.9.2 Improper utilization of funds under plan assistance: Rupees 100 core received as plan assistance during 2005-06 from GOI were allocated to 12 line departments for development of infrastructure in Tsunami affected areas. Of this, Rs 84.09 crore were allocated to Agriculture (Rs 5.50 crore), Fisheries (Rs 6 crore), Local Administration(Rs 20 crore) and Public Works (Rs 52.59 crore) departments. Out of Rs 100 crore, Rs 97.91 crore shown as spent by the line departments. There was no comprehensive programme approved by PIA for utilising the plan assistance of Rs 100 crore. Consequently, the line departments treated the expenditure incurred under various ongoing works also under plan assistance for Tsunami. Test check revealed that the Public Works Department booked (March 2006) Rs 11.36 crore incurred on 13 ongoing Tsunami affected people were not resettled due to noncreation ofinfrastructure.There was no comprehensive programme to utilize the plan assistance given by GOI

 

Chapter III – Performance Reviews works8 which were sanctioned and work commenced even before the occurrence of Tsunami. Further, Rs 5.25 crore was spent on construction of court building which could not be termed as Tsunami related work. Government contended (November 2006) that the works were executed only in coastal areas, which are prone to natural calamity and many ongoing works were damaged in Tsunami. These contentions were not tenable as the GOI assistance was meant for creating assets in Tsunami affected areas.

 

Departments had to identify the works required, which resulted in diversion of funds and undertaking works not related to Tsunami. The failure to enact the Marine Fishing Regulation Act resulted in non-identification of beneficiaries for rehabilitation, payment of assistance on the basis of affidavits and extent to which the benefit was availed by victims of Tsunami being not ascertainable. Failure to claim insurance resulted in deprival of benefits to fishermen. There were delays in release of assistance to fishermen. Reconstruction works were delayed considerably and the funds received remained unutilized. Schemes to benefit orphans and families affected in Tsunami were not implemented. Monitoring of the various activities by RRC and PIA was also inadequate.

Recommendations

 

 Government should frame necessary rules to carry out the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 enacted by GOI.  Government should evolve concrete programmes for utilizing the unspent amount including Rs 220 crore sanctioned as plan assistance for 2006-07.  Construction of houses to resettle the Tsunami affected families should be completed early and allotment of houses already constructed should be expedited by speedy completion of required infrastructure. Government stated (November 2006) that the recommendations made were taken note of and would be followed in future.

 

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

 

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MUST RE-EVALUATE AUROVILLE

KALAIGNAR’s SAMATHUVAPURAM

versus

AUROVILLE TOWN OF IN-EQUALITY

 

The sovereignty of India and the sanctity of the Constitution of India must be borne in mind before the Ministry of Human Resources continues to support an international city project called Auroville within Indian Territory. To generate employment various Special Economic Zones are being set up, and whatever may be the initial hiccups, ultimately it provides employment to our people and helps them come out of poverty. Any government on Earth will naturally moot out and support projects that will better the lives of the people. But the international city being set up in Tamil soil marginalizes Tamil people in their own soil, tries to make them second class citizens in their own homeland, while select few harvest profits without paying minimum wages or taxes, and under the guise of being a trust, organization, association, under the umbrella provided by Auroville Foundation. Here the loophole in the Act needs to be plugged and lacunae removed will be the main thrust of our memorandum .It is high time the Ministry of Human Resources Development takes stock of the situation and evaluates the purposes and results achieved in order to affect corrective steps for proper functioning of Auroville Foundation.

 

The Auroville, international city on Indian soil aimed at bringing 50,000 people into its fold, and here it must be understood that the people must be of foreign nationality or racial superiority and not the backwards and downtrodden living in villages around Auroville centuries, neither the fishermen living in coast from time immemorial. This itself is Social Injustice. Instead of integrating all people living in the area, where international city comes, to use philosophical phrases like an ideal society needs ideal men, as claimed by an Aurovillian in BBC interview, is aimed at keeping Tamils as outcasts in their own soil.

 

The greatest achievement of Dr.Kalaignar M.Karunanithi is the introduction of Samathuvapuram, a Town of Equality, integrating all castes and bringing social harmony. Many such Samathuvapurams have come up in Tamilnadu. It is a goal rest of India should follow suit to bridge the gap between caste divide, a curse in our society. The Auroville Foundation, must use the funds it gets from various donors and agencies, to make AUROVILLE as Samathuvapuram, and also canalize funds to develop all Samathuvapurams of Tamilnadu.

 

 The Residents Assembly of Auroville has only 1700 people, that too half of it being foreigners .It is strange that even after 40 years the Auroville could not become a full fledged town of 50,000 people, but remains with only 1700. This means it has failed to achieve its goal. Then the need arises for the Ministry of Human Resources Development to bring in remedial measures. We have an international town. We have it under Indian Ministry of Human Resources control. When it slips into the downward slide of failing in its goal, Indian government has all rights to intervene. We, Dravida Peravai, urge Government of India to bring suitable amendments to the Auroville Foundation Act, to make it a town of internationally displaced Tamil people, who have been driven as refugees. If the word Tamil refugees may sound harsh to the ears of the bureaucracy, it can be a town where Tamil refugees put up in various camps, Burma Refugees, and Tibetan refugees are rehabilitated, thereby the Refugees will be rehabilitated in Auroville.

 

Dr.Kirit Joshi Chairman of Governing Board with an Auroville delegation met Dr.Murli Manohar Joshi Minister for Hinduvta Development and Dr.Jagmohan Minister for Urban Development and presented the Master Plan ratified by the Governing Board in 18 &19 of December 1999. Earlier Residents Assembly had approved. (Source: Auroville Land Fund News Letter Number 12 April-May 2000). Our Question: Assembly in lexicon may mean different, here it seems Auro-villians consider it a city-state like Roman city-state. The Resident Assembly represents only 1700 people, but leaves 45,000 people living in 14 villages. Giving government land on 99 years lease to the 1700 people dominant group while not elevating the economic status of 45,000 Tamil people by assigning lease of government lands to them in their traditional soil, amounts to be like fostering re-colonialization. The Honourable Members of Parliament while the Auroville Foundation Act was introduced as bill in Parliament had suggested that the Member of Parliament in whose constituency Auroville comes up must be made a member in the Governing Board.

 

Dravida Peravai urges not only The Tindivanam, Puducherry Members of Parliament but the Members of The Legislative Assemblies under whose jurisdiction Auroville comes up also be inducted into the Governing Board. The Local Body Chiefs too must be made members to ensure Indian sovereignty is safeguarded, to smell the foul play if a Vatican type city state seems to be the goal towards which Foundation is drifting driven by vested interests, making government appointed Secretaries mute spectator, while few Financial Officers defying the periodical mandatory transfer policy to ensure clean administration, stick to their chairs and powers, inviting Dravida Peravai to demand a CBI enquiry into the disproportionate assets accumulated by officials continuing there for decades.

 

Unfortunately like absentee landlords, though they may be men of eminence, few people adore the Governing Board. The Ex-Maharaja of Kashmir, Mr.Hari Singh had left Dr.Karan Singh to shed midnight oil to resolve the Kashmir issue, where thousands of Indian soldiers have shed their blood since Indo-Pakistan war broke out. Instead of devoting whole time and effort to solve Kashmir problem, Dr.Karan Singh is wasting his precious time to adore the Chairman’s Chair of Auroville Governing Board. The Indian Constitution has a special clause Article 370 for Kashmir, which protects Kashmiris. In Kashmir no Indian citizen can buy or own land, but the Kashmiri Leader Dr.Karan Singh comes to Tamil soil to preach “Divine Anarchy” advocated by French lady and occultist Mirra Alfasa, and uses his political clout to get government lands leased to Foundation, which will in return pass on to private trusts of foreigners. This is outrageous. If this practice of Tamil lands assigned to foreigners does not stop, we will demand that under Article 370, Tamilnadu too should be brought under.

 

A global campaign to raise $ 1 million or 5 crores by Mother’s birthday on 21 st Febraury 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)  Question: If $ 550,000 dollars can buy 65 acres what price is for 1 acre, and whether that price goes to the actual owner? Are they giving proper price to the land, or are 192 units in Auroville paying proper wages to Tamil workers. The Leftists have left out Auroville from their watchful eyes. Nowhere in India are wages given, according to age, the study by Pondicherry University Sociology Department will reveal.

 

To a question what political organization do you want for Auroville?  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 said world in her time may not understand the DIVINE ANARCHY let loose by her, but in present day even a LKG child will understand that anarchy means to create a lawless society.

 

A freedom fighter Aurobindo Ghosh who fled from Bengal landed in Pondicherrry as refugee. He came under the influence of Paul Richard, a philosopher whose works he ventured to translate from French. Mahakavi Bharathiar introduced to Aurobindo Ghosh the literature of Tamil Siddhar’s especially Thirumoolar who wrote Thirumanthiram. As a blend of these influences with the mastery Aurobindo had over English he could write many books. Because he had been elevated to God status, no one dares to research the origins of his philosophy and the sources of his inspiration. But the learned judges of the Supreme Court had in their verdict admitted him to be only a philosopher and nothing more. Yet his followers propagate the idea that he is an avatar, which is an affront on the decision of the Supreme Court bench. In a bench judgment in the S.P.Mittal versus Union of India (AIR 1983) case Chief Justice V.Chandrachud, Justices P.N.Bhagawathy, V.Balakrishna Erady and R.B.Mishra with the exception of dissenting O.Chinnappa Reddy have made it clear that Aurobindo is only a Poet and Philosopher.

 

The Encyclopedia Britannica (1978 edition) describes Aurobindo Ghosh as “ seer, poet and Indian nationalist who originated the philosophy of cosmic salvation through spiritual evolution, a divine experience that will appear through the development of Gnostic mean to usher in a transcendental spiritual age in which man and the Universe are destined to become divine. Aurobindo’s theory of cosmic salvation, the paths to Union with Brahman is two way streets or channels. Enlightenment comes to man from above while the spiritual mind (super-mind) of man strives through yogic illumination to reach upward from below. When these two forces blend in an individual a Gnostic man is created. This yogic illumination transcends both reason and intuition and eventually leads to freeing of the individual from the bonds of individuality and by extension all mankind will eventually achieve mukthi (liberation) Thus Aurobindo created a dialectic mode of salvation not only for the individual but also for all mankind”. Says the definition.

 

Karl Marx and dialectical materialism stands proven in the test of times whereas those who tried to rope the word dialectical for salvation stands proven to be false prophets.

 

Under the head History of Hinduism, Encyclopedia Britannica says, “Another modern teacher whose doctrines have had some influence outside India was Aurobindo, who began a career as a revolutionary. He with drew from politics, however, and settled in Pondicherry, then a French possession. There he established an ashrama (a retreat) and achieved high reputation as a sage. His followers looked on him as first reincarnate manifestation of super beings whose evolution he prophesized and apparently he did not discourage this belief. After his death, the leadership of the Ashram was taken over by The Mother Madame Mira Richard, a Frenchwoman who had been one of his leading disciples” Well it is the Mira Richard’s husband Paul Richard, whose works Aurobindo translated were one of the reasons for his philosophy to blossom. Let impartial researchers dig deep into the writings of both to arrive at a conclusion who influenced whom?

 

Aurobindo Ghosh, the reincarnation of Lord Krishna according to his followers could not prove his philosophy while he lived. He could use the mastery of the language to mesmerize people but he failed to become a Super human being. He passed away like other mortals. While he passed away rumours were spread that there will be a resurrection, a feeble attempt to equalize with Christian beliefs. That too failed, and he is laid to rest at Ashram. His philosophy also is laid to rest there. Yet even after God-man fails in his claims the spiritual business empires built by their followers are keen to keep alive a falsity and a failed promise.

 

After the original prophet failed, then French woman Mira Richard became the Mother to lead the Ashram. Did she succeed? She succeeded Aurobindo as Spiritual Master but did she succeed in proving the philosophy? Let us think this aspect here. The collected words of Mira Richard had been published and recorded in audiocassettes. Mother’s Agenda as the book calls itself claims that “This tremendous document 6000 pages and in the 13 volumes is the day to day account over twenty two years of Mothers exploration into the body consciousness and of her discovery of a cellular mind capable of restructuring the nature of the body and the laws of the species as drastically as one day the first stammering of a thinking mind transformed the nature of the ape. It is a veritable document of experimental evolution. A revolution in consciousness that alters the laws of the species. And it is the question of our times, for whatever appearances, we are not at the end of a civilization but at the end of an evolutionary cycle. Are we going to find the passage to next species…. or perish? As scrupulously as a scientist in his laboratory, Mother goes back to the origins of matters formation to the primordial code, and there by chance stumbles upon the very power that changes death and upon a new energy which curiously parallels the most recent theories on the subatomic nature of matter. The key to matter contains the key to death and the key to next species”

 

The spiritual lady prophet who found the key to death is dead. Perhaps she had lost that key. And Aurobindo Ashram all these years had been searching for that key, and none found. Mira Richard did not succeed in altering the laws of species. And yet why she should be treated as a successful scientist or spiritualist, and to commemorate her memory, why an International City should come up in Indian soil. Has any other country allowed such projects that erode their sovereignty? We who are used to colonial rule still dream that white men have descended from heaven, even after Spencer Wells proved in his book Genetic Odyssey that all men gave common roots and are equals furthering the cause of social justice movement.

 

Dravida Peravai urges to amend the Auroville Foundation Act, giving backwards and downtrodden place of equal importance, curtailing the powers of foreigners, economically empowering all Tamil villagers and all refugees in this land to live in harmony in a city that should practice brotherhood instead of carrying dead wood of a failed philosopher’s dream.

 

                                                                                                                                                           

N.Nandhivarman            General Secretary Dravida Peravai

 

PLANTING VOTE BANKS BY ENCROACHMENTS

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Thiru.Manmohan Singh                            3.4.2008

And all his Caninet Minister

 

Copy to: Hon’ble Leader of Opposition in Loksabha Thiru.L.K.Advani and Hon’ble Leader of Opposition in RajyasabhaThiru.Jaswant singh

 

Respected Leaders

                                                                                 

Subject: A citizen’s fight for 12 years against an M.L.A who is currently Chief Minister in a land grab case where Court judgments and eviction orders floated using stay orders obtained in dead person’s name, and the unlawful activities patronized by N.Rangasamy, the godfather of crime syndicate posing as paragon of virtue by media manipulation, needs for intervention by people with conscience regarding

 

The former Vice President of India B.D.Jatti, while he was the Lt.Governor can be approached even in midnight and mere mention that a citizen had come will wake him to receive the citizen and hear his grievance. He is my friend; hence I recall the value he attributed to the word citizen. In democracy a citizen is supreme, and I hope, you will rise above petty party considerations and end the anarchy and reign of terror unleashed by N.Rangasamy in power. This single real life story of the solitary fighter against the onslaughts of the Chief Minister who abuses power must awaken your conscience.

 

The scene begins in the II nd Additional District Magistrate’s court on 6th August 1998, where in Case No.O.S 38/97 then M.L.A of Thattanchavady N.Rangasamy stood in the witness box to tell untruth to the Court. He was the witness to support the property grabber, who is Defense witness 1 and N.Rangasamy Defense witness 2.

 

The learned judge in his order states: “The deposition of the DW 1 is as vague as vagueness could be. The contention of the defendant is that he has been occupying the suit property i.e. “B” schedule property for about 13 years. There is no iota or shred of evidence in support of the case of the defendant. DW 2. Rangasamy, then M.L.A of Thattanchavady would depose as though the defendant was occupying the suit property ever since 1984 and that it was he who got water connection for the defendants hut. If that be so at least there should be documentary evidence in that connection. During cross examination, DW 1 could not state how many huts are in that R.S.number, and that he did not know the specific land number of the property in which the defendant is residing. He could also detail and describe whether the defendant was exercising his right of ownership over the suit property openly, continuously and exclusively. The mere oral evidence of DW 2 without any reference to authentic records cannot be taken as sufficient evidence to prove the possession of the defendant for over 13 years as owner.  During the year 1982-83 as revealed by Ex x5 the land acquisition proceedings took place and in those proceedings nothing is shown that in R.S. No.77/1B any hut dwellers were occupying.” The learned judge in his judgment proved Rangasamy is a liar, and that was when he was mere M.L.A. The learned judge was transferred within one week as act of vendetta by Rangasamy, one could presume and it cannot be by coincidence. The irony of the story is that Rangasamy started planting voters in his constituency by encouraging grabbing of private property over night, to ensure a safe sail in elections and build vote banks. This disease went into his head making him a man with short vision confined to nourishing his constituency alone.This selective amnesia disease reached its peak, when he bypassed Employment exchanges and High Court directives, only to appoint his constituency youth in jobs. The answer obtained under Right to Information Act, will reveal all the jobs in the proposed Puducherry Medical College coming up in his constituency had gone only to his constituency people. Ultimately the Himalayan corruption hidden there is under Central Vigilance Commission scanner is another story, thanks to the 5 Ministers revolting against autocracy. Here the lawlessness and the patronage to his criminal connections taking law into their hands further gets entrenched every day while citizens are praying for wisdom to dawn on Center and party high command.

 

Government of Pondicherry on 22.2.1983 under section 11 of the Land Acquisition Act acquired 50 acres out of 61 acres and 5 cents for free distribution of housing plots. The remaining land not acquired to the extent of 11 acres 50 cents in Survey No 77 / 1B was handed over to Sivashankaran, Pugazh Chozhan and Raji, the owners. The revenue officials in their submission to Court along with acquisition order 4/82 dated 22.02.1983 and court order 53/ 83 dated 22.11.1993, patta, chitta, sketch etc proved that this piece of land is not puramboke, but a private property.

 

The learned judge cited this and said that at the time of acquisition no hutments were there.  Then in a case LA OP No 53/83 in the First Additional District Judges court on 22nd November 1983, the question of deciding the rightful owner for apportionment of award amount came up. Thiru.A.Gandhiraj, who was Education Minister and senior aspirant to recently chosen PCC President Post, appeared in his capacity as Government Pleader, and on behalf of the Petitioners current AICC General Secretary V.Narayanasamy M.P appeared. The three petitioners Pugazhchozhan, Sivasankaran, Raju got award amount. The fact they proved their rightful ownership and got award, must be taken note of, because the game Rangasamy is going to play in this issue.

 

Mr.M.J.S.Sundar, a Christian who runs St.Peter’s Middle English School bought the land in R.S.No 77/IB where Rangasamy instigated trespass, grabbing had taken place, and in support of that Rangasamy deposed before Court and told untruth, for which the learned judge took honesty in his stride and unmasked Rangasamy in judgment. Dravida Peravai feels sorry to mention the victim’s religion as Christian, because while Rangasamy seeks caste clout, we felt it necessary to remind that the Party President which keeps this anti social in citadels of power is above petty considerations, for on the basis of religious affinity they had not taken cudgels against Rangasamy, who spreads caste virus in a cosmopolitan culture of Puducherry. In the Court of I Additional District Munsif , Mr.M.J.Sundar in I.A No 3752/ 96 in O.S.No 1454 /96 obtains interim injunction against 22 all of them happen to be women, as shield to grabbers, restraining them from interfering with the property till disposal of suit. In the long legal battle on 30 th November 2002 the learned judge passed the order in which the paragraph at beginning of this letter which mentions about Rangasamy is delivered.

 

In this episode we have to cut short attempts to file cases where in mid stream parties passed away but their signatures forged, to delay delivery of justice, and we can pass on many such evidences to CBI, if you direct CBI to probe this land grab too. Let us come to the scene : The II ADM Court ordered to physically deliver the property to Mr.M.J.Sundar based upon the order of II Additional District Judge and the Amin of the Court along with Dhanvantrinagar Police, Village Administrative Officer of Thattanchavady entered the property to evict the encroachers and to hand over the property to Mr.M.J.Sundar, a local gangster R.Velayudam, whose name is in rowdy list and who is implicated in many cases C.P Nos 23 /96, 195/93, 31/95, 6/96, 86/96, 25/97, 29/99, Crime No 113/2000, O.C 595/2001 enters the scene, threatens Mr.M.J.Sundar, stating that it was his property and  Sundar had got a wrong judgment in Court.

 

Meanwhile a stay was obtained in High Court in all the 22 cases. In local courts the same 22 cases is pending. The irony here is in II ADM court Puducherry 22 counters and petitions are filed on 16.6.2003 stating stay in High Court had been obtained. By telling lie the Court order to evict encroachments and hand over property to M.J.Sundar is stalled. Actually High Court grants stay in 22 cases beginning from 23.1.2004 up to March 2004. To delay 6 months to get stay a simple lie that High Court stay is obtained is used, all is possible under Rangasamy regime.

 

One Mrs.Vijayalakshmi committed suicide on 24.8.2003, her death not informed to local court nor High Court, but a stay in her name was obtained, a mysterious way of ghost signing vakalats, affidavits and getting stay, thereby proving in death also an encroacher gets relief, because some intelligent crook manipulated misleading courts.

 

Another party Mr.Anbazhagan  whom the Court Amin went to arrest reported in II ADM Court on 17.03.2003 that Anbazhagan was not in station for past 5 years.After that a vakalat, counter and petition etc filed in local and High Court, another surprise in judicial jungle, where signatures vary  thereby indicating foul play.

 

Another party on 23.4.2003 Angalan shifts family to France but all vakalats, petitions; counters were filed in his name here. Using forged signatures to hoodwink Courts, the original land owner to whom the property should have been handed over is made to run from pillar to posts, in order to justify encroachments made with the blessings of Rangasamy, whose untruth was unmasked in a Court judgment cited in beginning.

 

“In my constituency private property will be encroached, and in Court I will appear in witness box to defend encroachments”, Rangasamy can boast and even after Court orders to hand over property, will use anti socials to thwart that use influence to get stays in the name of living and dead, or even using ghosts to delay justice to a citizen, is the style of Rangasamy’s Rowdy Raj in Puducherry, historians can write.

 

The ultimate sinner is the Indian Prime Minister and All India Congress Committee, which is incapable to oust the King of Lust from the Chief Minister’s chair. Hell to citizens, let us make hay when tsunami strikes by allowing Rangasamy to loot public exchequer and make the union territory bankrupt seems to be the guiding principle of the day.

 

Long Live Democracy!  Let Citizen face the music.

 

With Regards

Yours sincerely

N.Nandhivarman

General Secretary

 

 

                                                        

PUDUCHERRY LEADS IN TSUNAMI SWINDLE

COMPLAINT TO CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITIES ON TSUNAMI SWINDLE                                                                                                                     

 Dravida Peravai had sent the following complaint to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Thiru..Manmohan Singh  Hon’ble Home Minster of India Thiru.Shivraj Patil Comptroller and Auditor General of India New Delhi Copy to: His Excellency the Lt.Governor  and   The Chief Secretary, Government of Puducherry.

Nowhere in India democracy will be replaced by lootocracy, and nowhere in India all parties in the assembly will be one party to loot public exchequer. Puducherry being tiny territory could have been administered in much efficient way and with a vision for development. But here the Chief Minister N.Rangasamy has acquired mafia culture and is dividing the spoils of the system to all parties represented in the assembly. Hence people’s woes could not be echoed due to legislator’s dancing to the tunes of the paymaster. This may sound as wild allegation and even breach of privilege could arise over my remarks. But I don’t want the breach of good governance to go unchecked. I don’t want the breach of the constitutional mechanism to accountability be mocked at with immunity. I don’t want, in the absence of right to recall, elected representatives stabbing the people’s expectations behind their back, in order to amass ill-gotten wealth.

The Hon’ble Home Minister of India Mr.Shivraj Patil visited Puducherry and what instructions he gave is known to all in this Administration, more particularly the Chief Minister of Puducherry. If I had to remind for the sake of refreshing the memory of Hon’ble Home Minister of India, I must humbly state that he strictly told that only for projects funds should be spent and in no case ex- gratia payment should be made. Tsunami did not strike yesterday or few days before Home Minister visited Puducherry in 2007. People are not marooned and no urgency exists to hand over cash to the tsunami victims, that too in 2007 February, after a long gap of time for a tsunami that hit on 26 th December of 2004.

 

Few days ago a meeting to Review Tsunami Relief was conducted in the Secretariat of the Pondicherry, wherein almost all Members of the Legislature, in stage-managed operation tutored by the Chief Minister had demanded cash payments to be made through them to whomsoever they identify as tsunami victim. This is gross violation. This is daylight robbery. This is open swindle of public money. This is to openly defy the Union Home Minister’s directions that only for specific purpose and that too only for projects and schemes moneys should be spent. This is using public money to buy the silence of all the legislative members, and to deny the people of respective constituencies their legitimate right to be heard through their representatives. This is seducing all parties and making them corrupt. This is bypassing the administration and to establish parallel administration. This is prelude to convert Puducherry into a princely state, where the King can dispose moneys as he wishes, without having any due respect to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. This is to run Puducherry as feudal state and not as an union territory accountable to Center.

 Dravida Peravai,a party that plays the opposition role in all crises in the decade of its existence, once again sounds the alarm bell. Dravida Peravai prays for the Comptroller and Auditor General to intervene immediately to stall the proposed loot. Dravida Peravai appeals to the Union Government to stop the plunder  with immediate effect. 

In the book published by Union Government on the achievements of Union Territory under UPA government two important observations need to be mentioned. Rajiv Gandhi Package of assistance for Tsunami Affected Persons: Assistance of Rs 155 crore was approved under the package for providing immediate relief such as ex gratia payment, temporary housing, assistance for fishermen etc. Will the Government of India bring out a White paper on how this money was spent in Puducherry. When Tsunami struck Karaikal region and Nagapattinam of Tamilnadu, the most of the moneys should have gone there. But it never went. Under the Right to Information Act, an activist of Consumer Forum in Karaikal had been asking for the quantum of money received by government for tsunami and how it was spent. All authorities as per the hierarchy that is fixed to answer questions under Right to Information act had given only expenses figures, never they gave the figures of the amount received. Is it a state secret? Mr.Nallusamy, the senior citizen of the Consumer Forum is tirelessly knocking the doors after one after one office, till about Karaikal region everything remains shrouded in secrecy.

 

The same book brought out by Press Information Bureau claims: Permanent Shelters for Tsunami Affected persons: A World Bank assisted Project for providing permanent shelters and livelihood programmes for tsunami affected people of Puducherry is under implementation, with an outlay of Rs158 crore. It is envisaged that 8,125 permanent houses will be built in Puducherry with substantial contributions from NGO’s in the effort.

 

While Union Government publication makes tall claims being misled by N.Rangasamy government, The Center for Fisher folk’s Empowerment in a representation to Union Home Minister dated 20.01.2007 states:  “ In Puducherry region there are 15 fishing villages. Out of this, the N.Rangasamy Government has taken steps to build houses only in 5 villages even after a lapse of 2 years that too with the funds provided by NGO’s and Government of Maharastra. The total number of houses needed for these 15 villages are 7350, but the N.Rangasamy Government proposes to build only 4074 houses, whereas the Press Information Bureau publication claims 8125 houses are to be built. Who is fooling whom? Whether the Center is being fooled by N.Rangasamy Government to extract money from World Bank for 8125 houses but actually planning to construct only 4074 houses, thereby trying to loot the balance. ? It is for you to read in between the lines, the famous phrase of Kuldip Nayyar.

 

Hence the most affected Karaikal region wants to separate itself from this misrule. That is why Union Territory status is being sought by Karaikal enclave of Puducherry seperated by 160 kilometers from the Capital Puducherry.

General Secretary Dravida Peravai N.Nandhivarman

WIFE TORTURER QUITS CABINET : WHO IS NEXT IN PUDUCHERRY ?

OPEN APPEAL TO SONIA GANDHI NOT TO ALLOW HUMILIATION OF DMK

Madam Sonia GandhijiPresident Indian National Congress
New Delhi
 Respected MadamDravida Peravai which took up the cause of the tortured wife of Puducherry Social Welfare Minister P.Angalane profusely thanks you for forcing the culprit minister out of cabinet. So much dirty linen had been washed in public because of the adamancy shown by the amoral and immoral Chief Minister of Puducherry N.Rangasamy. Instead of upholding the highest traditions laid by many politicians who would bow to public opinion and quit office under similar or other circumstances, the Social Welfare Minister clung to office at the behest of the Chief Minister of Puducherry. But the Congress High command had kept up the moral grounds in mind and had taken a right decision to sack the Minister from Puducherry cabinet. 

Now the question of who should step into the shoes of the Minister who vacated his seat arises. It is true that it is prerogative of a Chief Minister to have his choice to fill up a vacancy. But here we have a coalition supported by DMK and other parties from outside. DMK is the coalition leader of UPA in Tamilnadu and in Puducherry it willingly gave up its claim for cabinet berth in view of Congress extending support to Tamil Nadu Government from outside. Until such outside support continues in Tamilnadu I do agree the DMK in Puducherry is bound to extend outside support. If a coalition comes up in Tamilnadu, Puducherry too must have DMK nominees in cabinet and this inescapable situation should be kept in mind in resolving current crisis, I would humbly state. Even otherwise DMK leader Dr.Kalaignar M.Karunanithi must be consulted over the choice of a minister to the vacancy that has arisen. I would even agree that if the choice will be within the members elected under Congress ticket, DMK can even remain silent spectator saying after all the vacancy is that of a Congress and Congress high command can choose its nominee, I would again stress Congress high command and not the Chief Minister to have the final say. 

But reports from Puducherry indicate that Congress Chief Minster is wooing deserters from DMK who had ditched DMK and had backstabbed DMK during last elections and independents who defeated DMK in last polls. This decision to propose traitors of DMK into a cabinet that lives under DMK support is like rubbing salt on the deep wound. Dravida Peravai would campaign against this public ridicule of the DMK which seems to be the agenda of the Congress Chief Minister, who does not have the moral authority to hold the Home portfolio himself after having backed to circumvent law in shielding the wife torturer.We would appeal to you to keep the sentiments of DMK and the public opinion in mind and restrain the Chief Minister from damaging the coalition culture and ethics.With RegardsYours fraternally  N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai Copy to: Union Minister of Telecommunications Mr.Dayanidhi Maran

SPECIAL CATEGORY STATEHOOD FOR PONDICHERRY

IN A MEMORANDUM DATED 28.08.2001 TO UNION DEFENCE MINISTER GEORGE FERNANDES, DRAVIDA PERAVAI EXPRESSED ITS OPINION ON STATEHOOD DEMAND FOR PONDICHERRY

In a reply in Parliament the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hon’ble Vidyasagar Rao had stated that the opinions of Pondicherry Government is sought on conferring statehood. In this connection, our party wants to submit the following views.

1.        It is true that Congress led Governments and DMK led governments passed unanimous resolutions, demanding statehood, and the desire to have more powers manifested in these resolutions. It is irony that in a territory where locol bodies existed for a 1000-year, the local body elections are stalled on one pretext or other. Thus, powers are sought not to percolate downwards, it becomes clear. The socalled expert committee set up locally had given a tailored report about the viability and sustainability of statehood in accordance with the dictates of the then ruling party. We urge the Union Government to constitute a comprehensive committee to study all aspects of statehood because those demanding statehood do not consider many vital factors. The grey areas are

a)       absence of  territorial contiguity

b)       problems of transfer of power yet not sorted out

c)       tax wars and tax evasions

d)       the tuning up of bureaucracy

e)       accountability to Centre and people

f)        untouched corruption

g)       Grass roots democracy butchered etc.

2.        Pondicherry State has no contigous territory. It comprises of 4 enclaves distanced and surrounded by different states, apart from each enclave yet to become a contigous area though from British and French colonial times exchanges between the colonial governments debated the dire need for such contiguity. For instance, Mahe is a tiny enclave surrounded by Kerala with a population of 37000 people electing two Members to our legislature. This tiny area houses 5 teashops and 6 ration shops, yet IMFL shops number 65. Moreover, the sales tax on liquor in Kerala is 85%. However, in Mahe if these IMFL dealers procure from Pondicherry Government owned distilleries it invites ZERO TAX. If they buy from other sources, the sales tax collectable is 35 %. In view of this vast difference in tax structure, we would even charge the Pondicherry Government to be indulging in tax wars with adjoining states to rob those states of their due revenue. It is a Bermuda’s triangle, wherein revenues meant for adjoining states are robbed and revenues meant for our tiny territory too not reaching its coffers. WE URGE THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE TO BE CONSTITUTED TO STUDY THE STATEHOOD STUDY THIS ASPECT. Appearing before the Committee sent by Union Finance Ministry, I as Convenor of 14 party and consumer organizations presented a memorandum stating that a report of the Superintendent of Police Vigilance and Anti_corruption is gathering dust in Chief Secretariat in spite of it listing out the modus operandi of the liquor lobby charges that 58 crores of revenue meant for our state is lost every year. Unless the money that could come to our coffers and that will go to adjoining states is quantified, the financial viability of statehood could not be studied in all its ramfications. Further, the liquor smugglers have antognized the people of Mahe, who had set up a Prohibition Council and started demanding, liberation from Pondicherry, by which they mean the liquor lobby and merger with their linguistic motherland Kerala. This is tip of the iceberg. The question of different enclaves just being used as smugglers paradise needs in depth study by NDA, Union Government and the committee we are demanding to study all aspects of statehood.

 3.        The Judicial system underwent real radical change and integration only with the recent interstate transfer of judicial officers with adjoining Tamil Nadu. To have a clean Government transfer of officials is necessary, but in Pondicherry, we have a peculiar cadre called Union Territory cadre of I.A.S officers. While almost all Union Territories with barely few getting statehood, the rationale behind transfer of I.A.S officers is lost. We have I.A.S officers staying for more than 30 years in our territory. We have more in number than that is permissible draining our reserves. The I.A.S manned public sector undertakings in our territory have been a burden on the Exchequer with mounting losses and which needs budgetary support for sustaining sick industries. These undertaking have refused to subject themselves to auditing by Comptroller and Auditor General. As in the case of judiciary, the inter state transfer with adjoining states must be considered for IAS and other cadre too, as an entrenched bureaucracy had played havoc with public good. Lt.Governors and Chief Secretaries were transferred but Personal Assistants remain entrenched in same seats for quarter century and more, thereby nourishing a bureaucracy that is unaccountable. Unless this change is brought out, we will not benefit if we gain statehood bidding adieu to U.T. status.

 4.        Many outcries was raised by certain parties over tax rationalization and introduction of Uniform Sales Tax.Our party had presented memorandums to Union Finance Minister Comrade Yashwant Sinha and to The Chief Ministers of Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Our main argument is that massive tax loot by bureaucracy –politician nexus in our territory resulted loss of crores to our coffers, and unless this nexus is broken, statehood will be of no use. Now only Uniform Sales Tax is introduced, yet for decade all goods in Pondicherry were sold at M.R.P prices only. Many items, the details are in our memorandum to Union Finance Ministry sponsored Committee headed by Srivatsava, SHOULD HAVE BEEN SOLD AT LESS PRICE IF THE BENEFITS HAD PERCOLATED DOWN TO CONSUMERS. Thus consumers were fooled and coffers were kept empty while sales tax evaders and their bureaucratic godfathers feathered their nests. The hue and cry now is not because people will have to pay more if UST is introduced, but the lobby that benifitted by this loot is left in lurch. Moreover, it is irony that CPM local unit too opposes UST mooted by Comrade Jyothi Basu and now by a Committee headed by Ashim Das gupta. A bogus Chamber of Commerce created by French Act and which has only 3 living members owns 16 crores worth of government property and now plans to float a trust out of such property. Our complaints to Lt.Governor and resultant enquiries had proved beyond an iota of doubt that the Pondicherry Chamber of Commerce is a dead institution whose term had lapsed 30 years back and its properties are to be taken over by Government.

So we urge that as we have done on the eve of Utharanchal getting special category status, THAT ONLY A SPECIAL CATEGORY STATUS STATEHOOD IS ECONOMICALLY VIABLE an even for THAT AN IN DEPTH STUDY TO PLUG ALL LOOPHOLES IN REVENUE AND TO AVERT ALL LOSSES BY MISMANAGEMENT BE FORERUNNERS IN THE EXERCISE, WHICH SHOULD NOT BE UNDERTAKEN IN HASTLY. 

 N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai