26 June 2005, Amritapuri
“Amma’s hands of goodness inspired tsunami relief and rehabilitation activities in the state” said Mr. Oommen Chandy, Kerala Chief Minister at a function in Amritapuri. “Endowed with a big heart, symbolising the goodness of the society, Amma has completed the construction of Tsunami houses at a fast pace” said Mr. Chandy in his inaugural address.
Shri Oommen Chandy received the keys of 89 tsunami houses from Swami Amritakripananda puri, representative of the Math and handed them over to Mr. K R Muraleedharan, Alappuzha District Collector.
Ashram is the first NGO in India to finish building houses for the tsunami victims, based on the government plans.
‘Math was at the forefront of Tsunami relief and rehabilitation operations’ the Chandy recalled.
‘The ashram’s relief activities is a role model for society’ Shri. K C Venugopal, State Tourism Minister said while delivering the presidential address. He said that Amma’s ability to take quick decisions in tsunami relief is highly commendable. He also said that the government is highly indebted to the ashram for taking the initiative to resolve even minor issues faced by people in their daily life.