Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Some Key Figures from Sathya Sai Trust Annual Report for 2012-13

Last updated on 28th November 2013

I tried to pick up some key figures from the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust Annual Report for 2012-13, (12 MB document having 132 pages). Here they are:

[Note: A crore is 10 million; figures are in Rupees; 1 US $ is currently around 62 Rupees.]

Key financial figures for 2012-13
From Page 10:
Income: 165.95 crores
  [includes Interest (on Investments, I presume) of 117.18 crores and Donations of 41.46 crores]

Expenditure: 101.21 crores
[Barring 8.22 crores spent on Admin & Maintenance, remaining expenditure of 92.99 crores was on Education, Medical Relief & Welfare projects.]
* Additional 10.88 crores spent by university from funds and grants received by them.

Page 11:
Balance Sheet - Total Funds: 1523.25 crores [includes Investments of 1257.28 crores]

Key service figures for 2012-13

Free Medical care:
6,75,363 patients attended to and 23,911 surgical procedures performed [across 2 super hospitals, 1 general hospital, 1 mobile hospital]

Free Education:
1259 university students [across 4 campuses - Puttaparthi and Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh, Bangalore and Muddenahalli in Karnataka.]
22 Music college students
[School students figures across all classes did not seem to be available; Xth std. passed out students - 89, XIIth std. passed out students - 118]

(Free) Welfare projects are difficult to reduce to numbers like above - please read the document for info. But there are some numbers in the report which I felt appropriate to put down below:
  • Grama Seva (Village Service) - once a year for around a week. Mainly done by Sai education system students under supervision of faculty & staff, as exposure to village service [45,000 sets of clothes (a Sari and a Dhoti making up one set, I presume) distributed over 153 villages; 2,92,000 people were served (a food packet and a laddu (sweet), I presume).]
  • Nithya Annadana Padhakam (Daily Free Food Service): 38 villages served, 2,70,741 meals served.

The report covers organization of (devotional and other like university convocation) festivities in Puttaparthi ashram, details of Sri Sathya Sai Media Foundation (Radio Sai etc.) work as well as that of Sri Sathya Sai Easwaramma Women's Welfare trust.

An online school education project, Vidya Vahini, is covered in some detail.

Sathya Sai Organizations

The report also covers Indian and international Sai organizations giving details of various devotional and service activities conducted during the reporting year. These organizations handle the various Sathya Sai centres across the country & world and so are distinct, in some sense, from the Puttaparthi Sai setup. Some info./figures are given below:

Indian Sathya Sai Organization:
2,647 samithis (centres), 5,92,106 organization members (mostly part-time I guess - 4,563 full time members), 3,30,691 Bal Vikas (like Sunday school) students and 1,39,700 trained Seva Dals (volunteers).

3,809 disaster relief cases, 2,644 villages adopted, 1,200 village improvement programme beneficiary villages, 8,95,714 (free) medical camp beneficiaries.

Sathya Sai International Organization:
120 countries active, 1,969 Sai centres.


Given the fact that the revenue of one of the largest temple setups in India for 2012-13 was 2125 Crores, the income of the Sathya Sai Central Trust is quite less - less than 10 % of that figure. Of course, the large temple setup has a different focus and serves a different and very important need of its far larger number of visiting devotees. So comparing the Sai central trust setup with the large temple town setup would be like comparing apples and oranges!

But I think that the service to man/society achieved by the Sai central trust with its far lesser income is very noteworthy. A postal inspectors blog post had mentioned in the context of the release of the recent stamp on Sathya Sai Baba, about him creating an organization "to enable its members to undertake service activities as a means to spiritual advancement". I think these figures clearly show that the Sai central trust and associated institutions are maintaining that focus on service activities even after the Mahasamadhi of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

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