The dubious role of “Salvation Army” in Tsunami House building – I

The dubious role of “Salvation Army” in Tsunami House building – I
Published on January 31st, 2008 In Uncategorized, Blogging, News, Politics |  Views 278
The dubious role of “Salvation Army” in Tsunami House building

The following news items appearing in different sites and reading together raise several questions.

N       To what extent the NGOs, particularly with religious back ground have actually rendered help to the Tsunami victims?

N       How the “Salvation army” with all funfairs should have stooped down to such level to fool the Tsunami victims?

N       Salvation Agency, based on the government decision to build temporary group houses for tsunami victims, laid the foundation for constructing 44 houses in September 2005.  How then, they hurriedly built permanent houses?

N       The petitioner sought action against Salvation Agency for building “illegal and substandard houses” for him and other tsunami victims in the Uzhavar Nagar area. “The construction was substandard, very bad and dangerous to live in and cannot be occupied.” –

V      How the generously and graciously helping international organization with millions of donation lavishly given or reportedly sanction for the Tsunami victims could have gone to production of such “illegal and substandard houses”?

V      How the houses could be of “The construction was substandard, very bad and dangerous to live in and cannot be occupied.”

N       Oh God / Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing! Just like that can we forget?

Demolish tsunami houses: HC Chennai, 28 Jan. 2008 (New Indian Express) The Madras High Court has directed Salvation Agency (India South Eastern Territory), an international social welfare organisation, to demolish the houses it built for the victims of the tsunami in December 2004. The agency had built houses in Uzhavar Nagar of North Poigainallur, Nagapattinam. The First Bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifulla said that the houses were unfit for habitation and the agency should demolish the houses and remove the debris from the place of construction at its own cost. The Bench also directed the State Home Secretary and the Nagapattinam District Collector to take possession of the vacant land and arrange for the construction of proper and quality houses or allot any other readily available houses in the vicinity of North Poigainallur to each of the 44 families. All this should be carried out expeditiously, preferably within two months, the Bench said, and directed the Collector to file his compliance report within a week of the expiry of the stipulated two months. The Bench gave the ruling while allowing a public interest writ petition from A Subbian of Uzhavar Nagar, a tsunami victim.

Date:17/10/2007 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/10/17/stories/2007101761600900.htm


Panel to inspect quality of houses for tsunami victims

Special Correspondent

PIL petition has sought action against Salvation Agency


“The construction is substandard, dangerous”Agency asked to file a report in six weeks


CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has set up a committee of experts to inspect the quality of houses constructed by the India  South-Eastern Territory of the Salvation Agency for tsunami victims in Nagapattinam district. Passing orders on a public interest litigation petition filed by A. Subbaian of Uzhavar Nagar in North Poigainallur, the First Bench, comprising Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice P. Jyothimani, said: “We direct the Chief Engineer (Buildings) of the Public Works Department, along with one expert civil engineer to be nominated by the Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, to inspect the houses constructed by the respondent (Salvation Agency) at North Poigainallur, Uzhavar Nagar, and report the nature, quality and construction to be put up by the respondent to the District Collector.”

It asked the Collector to ensure that Salvation Agency put up a proper construction in accordance with the committee’s report, and file a report before the court in six weeks.

The petitioner sought action against Salvation Agency for building “illegal and substandard houses” for him and other tsunami victims in the Uzhavar Nagar area. “The construction was substandard, very bad and dangerous to live in and cannot be occupied.” Salvation Agency, based on the government decision to build temporary group houses for tsunami victims, laid the foundation for constructing 44 houses in September 2005.

He submitted that Salvation Agency itself gave an undertaking to rectify the defects noticed by the Collector and others.

Matter adjourned

The Bench has adjourned the matter to November 6 for further proceedings.

© Copyright 2000 – 2008 The Hindu

Interestingly, the place figures in Tamilnadu Government Tender also (see below for details):

http://tenders.tn.gov.in/innerpage.asp?choice=ct5″tid=drd582″work=1

Complete details of the selected Tender

Indian Missionaries Get Rs.600 crores for Tsunami Conversions from
UK

Posted December 7, 2005
By S.Anand
Outlook

India

“You can create 10 new Nagapattinams with the kind of money the NGOs have.”
– A. Selvamani, fisherman, Akkarapettai

As of 9 November 2005, according to Relief Web (www.reliefweb.int), the commitments, contributions and pledges for tsunami-related work routed via UN agencies and INGOs from the world over account for USD 6,138,895,063 (more than USD 6 billion). Compiled by OCHA (the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) on the basis of information provided by donors and appealing organisations, this works to Rs 28,853 crores. About 40 percent of these are private donations. AlertNet, a Reuters-managed site that runs a ‘Global Pledge-o-meter”, almost doubles the figure to USD 11,234,100,000.

The Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) in
London, a consortium of 12 UK-based INGOs, raised a record £350 million (Rs. 2800 crores) under its Tsunami Earthquake Appeal. Of this,
India is a recipient of Rs 565 crores (see Table). According to a senior INGO official,
India is likely to be a recipient of at least 20 percent of the overall Rs 28,853 crores (the lower world estimate). The tsunami-related NGO aid flow into
India would then be in the range of a minimum of Rs 6,000 crores. It could go up to Rs 8,000 crores. Tamil Nadu being the most affected, and since the government has been eager to incorporate NGOs, close to 70 percent of these funds would have made their way, making it a recipient of a minimum of Rs 4,000 crores which could be used up to the next three years. Of the Tamil Nadu share, the worst affected Nagapattinam district would be the recipient of at least Rs 3,000 crores. All these lower-end estimates.

Of the overall fund flow to
India, according to one estimate, close to Rs 400 crores would have accrued to the Catholic church (CASA, Caritas, CRS) and about Rs 200 crores to Protestant groups such as World Vision.

In Nagapattinam, in January 2005, there were 600 NGOs working. Today, there are 193 NGOs registered with the NGO Coordination and Resource Centre (NCRC), but more than a hundred NGOs work without coordinating with the NCRC. The NGOs, ironically, have injected life into the Nagapattinam economy. Says V. Vivekandandan, chief executive of South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies (SIFFS), instrumental in establishing NCRC: “In a state that has seen 61 per cent urbanisation, Nagapattinam has recorded only 14 per cent. The economy here remains largely rural, Nagapattinam is caught in a time-warp.” Now with the strong NGO contingent, the district is being artificially fast-forwarded into the future.

In Karaikal, the office of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is located in a bungalow rented for Rs 33,000 per month. MSF has offices in
Pondicherry and Nagapattinam too. Two new Boleros and a Qualis bear testimony to the INGO”s ‘field-work” in 30 tsunami-affected villages in Cuddalore and Nagapattinam. The World Vision office in Nagapattinam has rented a building for Rs 7,500. It would have fetched Rs 2,000 pre-tsunami. In Nagapattinam, the resourceful broker G. Anandan has rented offices and homes for more than 50 NGOs and the people who work for them. One of his clients is the NGO Coordination and Resource Centre (NCRC), a nodal agency established under UNDP”s supervision, housed in a sea-facing building rented for Rs 13,500 per month. NCRC has hired two office buildings and six residential ones for its staff. “The rents in Nagapattinam and neighbouring Karaikal have gone up fourfold,” says an understandably delighted Anandan. As far as Annie George, NCRC coordinator, is concerned: “The general infrastructure in Nagapattinam has improved post-tsunami. Power cuts have come down and the roads are much better.” The district administration certainly values the opinions of cash-rich NGOs which have made Nagapattinam their temporary home.

An intelligent estimate of the number of vehicles – Boleros, Scorpios, Tata Safaris, Qualises – procured by NGOs post-tsunami would be 80. Of these, a majority would have be servicing Nagapattinam and Cuddalore. Most of the vehicles would be disposed in less than a year. Says Eve Richard, field coordinator for MSF, “We are an emergency organisation. We will leave in a few months, but our partners will work.” The fuel consumption of these SUV guzzlers could perhaps meet the daily kerosene needs of the thousands of households in the temporary shelters.

In the early weeks of the tsunami crisis, there was great concern over the orphaned children and issues of adoption and child-trafficking. Over 11 months, 376 affected villages in TN have been treated as ‘orphans” which the NGOs have clamoured to ‘adopt”. The ‘adopters” sometimes neglect and abuse, and sometimes pamper their ‘children”. The NGOs certainly have not proved to be good parents.

UK-based Disaster Emergency Committee”s Contribution (to
India from its overall Rs 2800 crores)Contributing Agency

576.29

(*Comprising Discipleship Centre (DC), Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR) and Salvation Army)
Source www.tsunami.dec.org.uk

VEDAPRAKASH

29-01-2008

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