A timeline of the takeovers of Auroville working groups

Dec 7, 2022 | Organisation & governance, Processes by-passed, Self Governance, Take over

Auroville’s Working Groups take over
On 12 May 2022, the Governing Board (GB) started showing signs of its will to seize control of Auroville’s governance. On this day, four members of the Working Committee (WCom), dismissed by a Residents’ Assembly (RA) decision for not supporting the community, refused to quit. With the GB’s support, they created their own illegitimate WCom.
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On 8 June 2022, the Auroville Foundation Office headed by Jayanti Ravi (AVFO), and the GB, reconstituted two Working Groups. One was the Funds and Assets Management Committee (FAMC). The shocking premise for this takeover was a typo in the Auroville Foundation Rules (1997) that implied the GB’s right to appoint FAMC members. All previous GBs had acknowledged this error, thus recognising the RA’s right to choose FAMC members.
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The other WG was the Auroville Town Development Council (ATDC). By supposedly creating a new Standing Order (a legal and public document that dictates how a WG is appointed), the GB excluded the RA from its major role in the selection of the ATDC’s members. To date, this Standing Order still hasn’t been made public.
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Between the 30th of July and the 30th of August 2022, the AVFO and GB seized complete control of the FAMC by taking over its 3 sub-groups. These were the Budget Coordination Committee (BCC), the Loan Group (LG) and the Housing Service (HS). Except for the LG, where no reason was given in regard to the reconstitution of its members, the excuse for the takeovers was ‘a lack of collaboration’ with the illegitimate and undemocratically appointed GB FAMC. In the HS’s case, the AVFO created an Office Order (document that states the appointment of WG members) issued by ‘the competent authority’, informing the service of its members’ reconstitution.
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Take over of the BCC:
Take over of the housing service:
The conditions of these takeovers  are not based on any reasonable legal grounds, nor do they adhere to the policies of our internal organization.
Other Working groups take overs not mentionned in this article:
For the detailed events please see the timeline of events: https://standforaurovilleunity.com/timeline-of-the-events/
For more info on Auroville’s governance: https://standforaurovilleunity.com/auroville-organisation/