Oushadhi's takeover of Sandeepananda Giri ashram stokes controversy

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government’s pursuit to takeover Sandeepananda Giri’s ashram in Kundamankadavu here has stoked controversy. The apparent move is to take over the ashram on the 73-cent plot lying adjacent to Karamana river, for launching state-run Oushadhi’s medi-wellness centre.

It may be noted that Sandeepananda is popular as a Left loyalist and is one among the prominent opinion leaders who have bond with the present regime. The major allegation in the limelight is that government diluted mandates in favour of Sandeepananda.

Critics claimed that Oushadhi director and the government work hand-in-hand for the takeover without disclosing the full details to other board members.

At present, decisions on Detailed Project Report or money to be allocated have not been taken. However, on September 21, Oushadhi director had written to state government that ashram site is ideal for launching wellness centre. The person reportedly visited the site too.

Interestingly, Oushadhi has been planning to launch three other medi-wellness centres. However, Oushadhi is not seen vigorously pursuing the project in those sites, say critics.

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