Indian Bare Acts



Year : 1980

ACT NO. 59 OF 1980
[17th December, 1980.]

An Act to provide for the taking over, in the public interest, of the management of Auroville for a limited period and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

WHEREAS Sri Aurobindo Society, a non-governmental organisation had been a channel of funds for the setting up of a cultural township known as Auroville, where people of different countries are expected to live together in harmony in one community and are expected to engage in cultural, educational, scientific and other pursuits aiming at human unity;

AND WHEREAS the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organisation (hereinafter referred to as `UNESCO), being of the opinion that the project aforesaid would contribute to international understanding and promotion of peace, by a resolution passed in 1966, commended Auroville to those interested in UNESCOs ideals;

AND WHEREAS by a further resolution passed in 1968, the UNESCO
had invited its member-States and international non-governmental organisations to participate in the development of Auroville as an international cultural township designed to bring together the values of different cultures and civilisations in a harmonious environment with integrated living standards which correspond to mans physical and spiritual needs;

AND WHEREAS by a further resolution passed at its sitting held from the 12th October to 14th November, 1970, the UNESCO had directed its Director-General to take such steps as may be feasible, within the budgetary provisions, to promote the development of Auroville as an important international cultural programme;

AND WHEREAS Auroville was developed as a cultural township with the aid of funds received from different organisations in and outside India as also from the substantial grants received from the Central and State Governments;

AND WHEREAS pursuant to the complaints received with regard to the misuse of funds by Sri Aurobindo Society, a Committee was set up under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant-Governor of Pondicherry with representatives of the Government of Tamil Nadu and of the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Central Government, and the said Committee had, after a detailed scrutiny of the accounts of Sri Aurobindo Society, found instances of serious irregularities in the management of the said Society, misutilisation of its funds and their diversion to other purposes;

AND WHEREAS in view of the serious difficulties which have arisen with regard to the management of Auroville, it is necessary to take over, for a limited period, the management thereof and any delay in taking over the management of Auroville would be highly detrimental to the interests and objectives of Auroville;

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Thirty-first Year of the
Republic of India as follows:-



(1) This Act may be called the Auroville (Emergency Provisions) Act, 1980.

(2) It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 10th day of
November, 1980.

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) "Administrator" means the Administrator appointed under section 5;

(b) "Appointed day" means the 10th day of November, 1980;

(c) "Auroville" means so much of the undertakings as form part of, or are relatable to, the cultural township which is known as Auroville and the charter of which was proclaimed by the `Mother on the 28th day of February, 1968;

(d) "Council" means the `Auroville International Advisory Council constituted under sub-section (1) of section 6;

(e) "Prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

(f) "Society" means Sri Aurobindo Society being a society as defined in the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961.(West Bengal Act XXVI of 1961), and having its registered office at Calcutta;

(g) Words and expressions used herein and not defined, but defined in the Societies Registration Act, 1860 (21 of 1860), shall have the meanings, respectively, assigned to them in that Act.

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