RSS volunteers fan out to do relief work
Express News ServiceFirst Published : 08 Oct 2009 03:27:00 AM ISTHYDERABAD: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other like-minded organisations are involving themselves in relief work in the floodaffected districts of the State.In the first phase of relief operations, they distributed over one lakh food packets collected from neighboring villages and districts in the interior rural areas of Kurnool, Mahaboobnagar and Nalgonda districts.The Swayamsevaks said that since links to Kurnool had been cut off, material was being brought in from Anantapur, Kadapa, Nellore in the State, and Raichur in Karnataka. The RSS set up relief camps in Karnool town at Saraswati Sishu Mandir and G Pulla Reddy Engineering College.Volunteers from Adoni cleaned the Raghavendra Swamy temple in Mantralayam and cleared the carcasses of the cows of Goshala and other animals, and handed them over to the police.In Hyderabad, 2,000 Swayamsevaks went round the city collecting money, food and other material needed for the flood-affected. Two donation collection centres have come up at the State headquarters of RSS and the Keshav Memorial School. Every day four truckloads of food material, two trucksloads of other essentials are dispatched to flood-affected areas. Besides, 200 volunteers from the city are engaged in sanitation work there.The all-India secretary of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) visited the affected areas of Kurnool and met the volunteers engaged in relief work there. RSS State president TV Deshmukh and Seva Bharati organising secretary Vidwan Reddy have visited the relief camp at Gadwal in Mahaboobnagar district and met the volunteers there.In the second phase of relief operations, the RSS surveyed the affected areas of Mahaboobnagar district and found that 58 villages were badly destroyed and 16,000 families were devastated.The organisation decided to supply kits to 5,000 families to enable them to lead a normal life. Each kit consists of kitchen utensils, foodgrains and other material of daily use.In Kurnool district, 250 to 300 villages are still under water hampering their survey. In the third and final phase of operations, the RSS plans to rehabilitate devastated people and reconstruct destroyed villages.“We have identified various means of rehabilitation of people like supplying them implements required for their occupation,’’ Swayamsevaks said, adding that they were involving several voluntary organisations.