The bulk of Auroville's administration is
carried out by working groups. While these are theoretically empowered
by the Residents Assembly or community-at-large, it is not always clear
what the respective working groups do and what their parameters are.
We therefore have recently requested the various groups to give a resume
of their mandate or a general policy paper pertaining to heir activities.
The following groups have given their mandates / policy papers.
The Working Committee
The Working Committee of the Residents' Assembly has been established by the Auroville Foundation Act. Its main function, as described in the Act, is to assist the Resident's Assembly or, as the case may be, the Governing board, in discharging its duties under this Act. The additional powers of the Working Committee are to create or constitute other organisations, trusts, societies of associations relatable in Auroville. For this, it requires the approval of the Governing Board.
The Working Committee consists of not more than seven members, which are chosen by the Resident's Assembly from among themselves in a way and for a term of office as decided upon by the Residents' Assembly.
During the last years, lack of community support and of appreciation for the work done has led a number of qualified Aurovilians to abstain from working in these general coordinating bodies.
Specialised working groups
In addition to the bodies groups that deal with general matters, a number of working groups have come into existence that have specific mandates. They have usually grown from a basic need and are non-hierarchic in nature. An overview of these working groups and their task follows in alphabetical order:
1. Auroville Board of Commerce (ABC) is a group composed of all executives of commercial units, and concerns itself with matters affecting units and ways and means of financially supporting the township.
2. Auroville Board of Services (ABS) is a group composed of all executives of major services,concerning itself with a wide variety of activities affecting services and socio-economic issues.
3. Auroville Village Action group (AVAG) works in 35 villages surrounding Auroville through its team of 20 development workers. The main aim of AVAG is to raise the consciousness of the local people by creating awareness of their social, cultural and environmental conditions while bringing general benefit to them.
4. Budget Coordination Committee monitors Auroville's internal economy, and is responsible for the income and expenditure of the Central Fund. Its income is received from contributions from commercial units, donations and guests; the expenditure covers the requirements of over 35 Auroville services.
5. Entry Group processes all applications to join Auroville and oversees the entry procedures.
6. Farm Group coordinates Auroville's farming activities and shares information with a view to increasing Auroville's self-sufficiency in food production.
7. Forest Group is involved in the planting and maintenance of Auroville's forested areas, particularly the GreenBelt around the township.
8. Funds and Assets Management Committee (FAMC) was created at the request of the Governing Board of the Auroville Foundation. It advises the Governing Board on the utilisation of funds, the management of Auroville assets, taxes and audits, and the sale, acquisition and utilisation of immovable assets. The FAMC consists of representatives of all the major Auroville working groups. The Secretary and the Finance Officer of the Auroville Foundation are also members of the FAMC.
9. Green Group consists of representatives of the Farm Group and the Forest Group. It reviews issues pertaining to the development of the Green Belt, and makes recommendations to the community regarding the protection of the environment.
10. Land Resource Management is responsible for land purchase and the management of those lands that do not have a particular steward. It is responsible to the FAMC.
11. L'Avenir d'Auroville is the planning group established to ensure that the development of the Auroville township is in accordance with directives or guidance given by the Mother.
12. Matrimandir Coordination Group is responsible for the manifestation of the Matrimandir and its gardens, and takes care of the Matrimandir nursery.
13. Project Coordination Group prepares all grant proposals for Auroville projects to ensure maximum effectiveness and non-duplication of approach to potential donors.