Not in FCRA Defaulters’ List: Amrita Ashram clarifies

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014,20:24 IST By metrovaartha A A A

The Mata Amritanandamayi Math in Kollam has clarified that it was not in the Centre’s list of defaulters under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), noting that the Kerala-based voluntary organisation’s earlier name as ‘Mata Amritanandamayi Mission’ stands invalid.
The Union Home Ministry had, on its FCRA website, recently posted the name and addresses of some NGOs as being defaulters with regard to filing annual FCRA returns. Erroneously, the list figured ‘Mata Amritanandamayi Mission’ as well.
An Ashram spokesperson said that Mata Amritanandamayi Mission was an organisation formed by the devotees of Amma – as the Ashram founder and globally renowned spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi is called – before the Mata Amritanandamayi Math came into existence.
‘After the formal registration of the Math, the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission was dissolved and merged with Math. This information was then duly communicated to the Home Ministry several times,’ the spokesperson said, citing a 1999 June 16 letter sent to the Home Ministry.
‘True, it took a long time, but the Home Ministry has finally removed the name M.A. Mission from their record,’ he added, pointing out that the matter is now on the website of the Home Ministry.
The spokesperson said none of the board members of the Math – which is headquartered in Amritapuri off Kollam and comprises solely Amma and her sannyasin disciples – were ever members of the board of Mission.
‘The MAM has been submitting its FCRA returns regularly well within the stipulated deadlines and fully complying with all legal requirements,’ he added.