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

The dubious role of “Salvation Army” in Tsunami House building – II
Published on January 31st, 2008 In Uncategorized, Blogging, Philosophy, Politics |  Views 370

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 Rupees (crores)
Action Aid 60.46
CAFOD 126.31
CARE 18.44
Christian Aid 84.48
Concern
India
2.93
Oxfam
India
31.57
Save the Children 46.40
Tearfund* 23.02
World Vision 146.40
HelpAge
India
36.28
Total 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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8 Responses to “The dubious role of “Salvation Army” in Tsunami House building – II”

  1. vedaprakash Says:

    2 Responses to “The dubious role of “Salvation Army” in Tsunami House building – II”

    1. MNachiappan Says:
    Posted on February 5th, 2008

    It appears that Salvation army is involved with controversies of all sorts – fraud, sex adnd so on.

    A recent report is as follows:

    The Salvation Army in Canada says it has been the victim of major fraud.
    The church and social services agency says the fraud was uncovered during a recent internal audit.

    Spokesperson Graham Moore said it involved a former employee, but wouldn’t give any details about the employee or say where the alleged crime took place.

    Moore also wouldn’t say how much money the employee is accused of siphoning from the organization, which received about $120 million in donations from Canadians in 2004.

    “We are shocked and dismayed by the discovery,” Moore said in a letter sent to the agency’s members and employees on Friday.

    “Although we maintain insurance coverage in order to guard against this sort of loss, we are taking all appropriate measures in order to recover what has been taken.”

    Moore said police were investigating the matter, although he wouldn’t say which force was involved.

    The Salvation Army – sometimes called the “Sally Ann” – has 1,000 active officers (clergy), 100,000 members and more than 60,000 employees and volunteers active in 400 communities in Canada.

    Among other activities, the organization offers food, shelter, clothing and support services for the homeless, safe houses for abused women and children, and addiction treatment services.

    The Salvation Army in Canada was founded in 1882, about two decades after the Protestant evangelical church and charity began in England.

    2. Ezhavendan Says:
    Posted on February 5th, 2008

    This is what Salvation Army website says about their activities in Nagapattinam:

    Returning late in February 2005 to Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu, one of the coastal regions of India most severely damaged by the tsunami, Lieut-Colonel Roland Sewell (International Headquarters) was greeted by some of the people he had met there early in January. As they looked at photographs of themselves taken soon after they had lost everything smiles of recognition lit up their faces, and occasional laughter broke out as they saw how much progress they had made since that time.

    Lighter moments such as this do not show that all is well, according to Lieut-Colonel Sewell, but they do mean that healing has begun. ‘Among the people we sought out,’ he says, ‘ was one man who had lost his wife but found his daughter safe. We listened to his story when we were here last [photo] and prayed with him. Now, he is feeling much better and is coping, although his little girl is still quite traumatised.’

    Living in thousands of tar and corrugated iron huts built as temporary shelters after their homes were demolished, tsunami survivors are waiting for more permanent dwellings. The government has yet to allocate the land for rehousing, so while reconstruction programmes are being developed, The Salvation Army is commencing psychosocial and pastoral counselling with this community. The Salvation Army has long and wide experience in community development in India, and counselling staff – some of whom were trained at the Army’s 300-bed general hospital in Nagercoil (Catherine Booth Hospital) – will work with the still traumatised survivors. This will give The Salvation Army an ‘active presence’ within the community and enable it to identify quickly its most vulnerable members.

    Most of the people the Army is helping belong to scheduled castes in the predominantly Hindu region of Nagapattinam, where the traditional social system retains great influence. They are landless and depend on others for their employment as labourers, mainly in the fishing industry. Their opportunities are limited by their caste, and, even if skilled at a trade, they may not able to find work because they do not belong to the correct caste. The lower castes have traditionally been the ones helped by The Salvation Army, and, according to Lieut-Colonel Sewell, this particular community has not attracted a lot of attention from the large NGOs working in the area.
    http://www1.salvationarmy.org/ihq%5Cwww_sa.nsf/vw-sublinks/1DB8396A694D4E2880257 0220046EE9E?openDocument

    How is then they indulge in such activities?

  2. vedaprakash Says:

    சுனாமி மறுவாழ்வு பணம் சுருட்டல்: மாஜி பெண் கவுன்சிலர் மீது புகார்
    http://www.dinamalar.com/district_main.asp?ncat=Chennai#242701

    எண்ணூர் : “மனிதாபிமானத்துடன் சுனாமி மறு வாழ்வுக்காக ஆஸ்திரேலிய தொண்டு நிறுவனம் வழங்கிய பல கோடி ரூபாயை சுருட்டிய மாஜி பெண் கவுன்சிலர் மீது நடவடிக்கை எடுங்கள்,’ என கலெக்டர், போலீஸ் கமிஷனரிடமும் மகளிர் சுய உதவிக்குழுவினர் புகார் செய்துள்ளனர்.

    கடந்த 2004ல் சுனாமியின் கொடூரத் தாக்குதலில் உலகம் முழுவதும் ஆயிரக் கணக்கானோர் பலியாயினர். தமிழகத்தில், கடலோர மக்கள் உறவுகளையும், உடமைகளையும் இழந்து தவித்தனர்.அந்த நேரத்தில் மனிதாபி மானத்துடன், உள்ளூர் பிரமுகர் மட்டுமின்றி வெளி நாட்டு தொண்டு நிறுவனங் களும் அள்ளிக் கொடுத்தன. மக்களுக்கு உதவிகள் சென்று சேரும் நோக்கில், மத்திய அரசும் தொண்டு நிறுவனங்கள் துவங்கவும், வெளிநாட்டு நிதிகளைப் பெறவும் விதிமுறைகளை தளர்த்தியது.

    இவ்வாறு ஆஸ்திரேலியாவிலிருந்து ஆக்ஸ்பாம் தொண்டு நிறுவனம், அண்ணாநகர் “கலைச் செல்வி கருணாலயா’ தொண்டு நிறுவனம் மூலமாக வழங்கிய பல கோடி ரூபாய் மோசடி நடந்துள்ளதாக குற்றச்சாட்டு எழுந் துள்ளது.இது குறித்து, எண்ணூர் நெட்டுக்குப்பம் பகுதியைச் சேர்ந்த 56 மகளிர் சுய உதவிக்குழுக்கள் ஒன்று சேர்ந்து நேற்று சென்னை புறநகர் போலீஸ் கமிஷனர் ஜாங்கிட்டைச் சந்தித்து புகார் கொடுத்துள்ளனர்.

    அதில் கூறியிருப்பதாவது:அண்ணா நகர் முகப் பேரில் செயல்படும் “கலைச் செல்வி கருணாலயா’ தொண்டு நிறுவனம் மூலம், சுனாமி மறுவாழ்வுக்காகவும், கிராமத்தின் வளர்ச்சிக் காகவும் ஆஸ்திரேலிய தொண்டு நிறுவனம் பல கோடி ரூபாய் வழங்கியது. அதை மகளிர் சுய உதவிக் குழுக்களின் தலைவியாக செயல்பட்டு வரும் சிவகாமி, மகளிர் சுய உதவிக் குழுவினருக்கு மானிய உதவியாக வழங்கியிருக்க வேண்டும்.அதை விட்டுவிட்டு, 56 குழுக்களுக்கும் வட்டிக்கு பணம் கொடுத்தார். அசலை யும், வட்டியையும் தவணை தவறாமல் கட்டி வருகிறோம். கிராம வளர்ச்சிக்கு தந்த தொகையையும் தங்களின் சொந்த வளர்ச்சிக்கு பயன்படுத்தியுள்ளார். மோசடி செய்தவர்கள் மீது உரிய நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும்.இவ்வாறு புகாரில் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்.

    இதேபோல், திருவள்ளூர் கலெக்டரிடமும் மகளிர் சுய உதவிக்குழு பெண்கள் புகார் செய்துள்ளனர். மோசடி புகார் குறித்து, மத்திய குற்றப்பிரிவு விசாரணைக்கு உத்தரவிடப் படும் என தெரிகிறது.

  3. vedaprakash Says:

    Two arrested for swindling tsunami fund

    Express News Service
    First Published : 12 Oct 2009 02:52:00 AM IST
    Last Updated : 12 Oct 2009 06:13:32 AM IST
    http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Two+arrested+for+swindling+tsunami+fund&artid=BSrPsdCL4AI=&SectionID=lifojHIWDUU=&MainSectionID=lifojHIWDUU=&SEO=&SectionName=rSY|6QYp3kQ=

    CHENNAI: A major fraud in the handling of overseas aid that came for tsunami relief to the Church of South India (CSI) has been unearthed with the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Chennai police arresting two relatives of a former CSI general secretary, who has been accused of misappropriating Rs 7.5 crore funds.

    The charge is that CSI former general secretary, Dr Pauline Sathiamurthy, had siphoned off Rs 7.5 crore aid from the Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), an US-based NGO, along with her husband Sathiyamurthy, daughter Benatikta and a relative Robert Sunil.

    Police arrested Benatikta and Robert Sunil and seized a Ford Endeavour car from the duo, but Pauline Sathiamurthy and her husband Sathiamurthy are absconding. The arrested persons have been remanded and lodged in the Puzhal prison.

    CCB started investigations on the basis of a complaint from the present CSI general secretary Rev Moses Jayakumar, and found that Pauline Sathiamurthy had appointed his daughter Dr Benatikta as officer in-charge of medical project and her relative Robert Sunil as liaison officer for Tsunami rehabilitation work carried out with the fund and paid a hefty salary of Rs 65,000 per month for the former and Rs 89,000 for the latter.

    Her husband Sathiamurthy was also appointed as in-charge of housing project and he also received a heft salary, said G Dilli Babu, investigating officer of the case. ERD allocated a total of Rs 17.63 crore as tsunami relief fund for rehabilitating victims by constructing houses, buying them boats, fishing nets and medical facilities in 2005.

    The fund was allocated to 22 dioceses of the CSI in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh. When Jayakumar took charge as new general secretary of the CSI in 2007, the ERD asked for the account details and the scandal came to light.

    Jayakumar formed a one-member enquiry committee under retired High Court Judge Kanagaraj and asked the former general secretary of CSI to submit the accounts. But she failed to submit the account. Moses Jayakumar then lodged a police complaint in December 2008.

  4. vedaprakash Says:

    Lady doc held for swindling Rs 7.5cr tsunami aid fund
    A Selvaraj, TNN 12 October 2009, 03:08am IST
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Lady-doc-held-for-swindling-Rs-75cr-tsunami-aid-fund/articleshow/5113896.cms

    CHENNAI: A lady doctor and her nephew were on Saturday arrested by Chennai police for allegedly swindling Rs 7.5 crore, which was disbursed by a US-based funding agency to a CSI church in Royapettah for tsunami rehabilitation work.

    Police have also confiscated two luxury cars, valued at Rs 18 lakh each, which the accused is believed to have purchased through the funds. A hunt is on for the doctor’s parents, who were office-bearers of the CSI church, for their complicity in the fraud.

    This is the first major case of tsunami-rehabilitation related fraud in Chennai. It needs to be noted that in the aftermath of the tsunami, hundreds of NGOs had set up shop in Tamil Nadu thriving on the liberal funds that came from abroad, making it the state with the highest number of NGOs. However, there was little monitoring of how the funds were used.

    In the present case, a US-based NGO Episcopal Relief Development had given Rs 17.63 crore to the CSI church in Royapettah for rehabilitation of tsunami-affected people living in coastal Chennai.

    “Recently new office-bearers assumed responsibility of administering the church and approached the US funding agency for more money to complete the ongoing rehabilitation work. However, officials at the ERD sought the account summary for the money allotted earlier and the work done till date. The church secretary Moses Jayakumar asked his predecessor Pauline to submit the accounts, but she refused claiming that the ERD funds were allotted to her in individual capacity and argued that she was not accountable to the church office bearers. This led to a tussle and an internal audit carried out by the new office bearers revealed a mismatch in funds allotted and the rehabilitation work completed to the tune of Rs 7.5 crore. Immediately, Moses Jayakumar lodged a complaint with the Chennai police commissioner T Rajendran seeking an investigation into the fraud,” a senior police officer said.

    The central crime branch police conducted a probe during which it came to light that Pauline and Sathyamurthy had engaged their daughter Dr Benedicta and her nephew Robert Sunil as consultants for the Tsunami rehabilitation project.

    “Both Benedicta and Sunil were entrusted with the funds and were also paid in the order of Rs 80,000 to Rs 90,000 per month in addition to other emoluments including luxury cars for official use. “Nearly Rs 7.5 crore meant for building houses for displaced fishermen, buying fishing nets and boats were siphoned off in this manner,” the officer said.
    While Benedicta and Sunil have been picked up, Pauline and her husband are missing.

  5. vedaprakash Says:

    Hunt on for tsunami fund swindlers
    Express News Service
    First Published : 13 Oct 2009 03:31:00 AM IST
    Last Updated : 13 Oct 2009 06:38:33 AM IST
    http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Hunt+on+for+tsunami+fund+swindlers&artid=h9Na/rlZagc=

    CHENNAI: Two special teams have been sent out to Tiruchy in search of former general secretary of Church of South India (CSI) Pauline Sathiamurthy and her husband Sathiamurthy who had allegedly misappropriated tsunami relief fund worth Rs 7.5 crore.

    Based on the complaint from the Church of South India general secretary Reverend Moses Jayakumar, a special team of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) investigated the case and arrested Pauline Sathiamurthy’s daughter Dr Benatikta and Robert Sunil.

    It also seized two Ford Endeavour cars worth of Rs 30 lakh from them.

    Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), a USA-based non-governmental organisation had allocated Rs 17 crore as tsunami relief fund for rehabilitation work to areas affected by tsunami.

    Pauline Sathiamurthy, along with her family members, misappropriated the fund and did not submit the account to the Episcopal Relief Development.

    Pauline also owns a luxurious house at Arakkonam.The police team is tracing all the property details of Pauline and her family members.

  6. Edwin Says:

    Absolutely True. Its a shame for the Salvation Army ISE and for its work in Tamilnadu.

    • vedaprakash Says:

      My concern is all believers should live in peace, that is all.

      No claim of superiority of god, scripture…………………etc.

      Service, if any thing is done, it should be “service” and not anything else.

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