Sewa Disha: Service grows to reach

‘Sewa Disha’ a special journal published by RSS and released to the media recently reveals that its service projects all over the country have grown from 15,063 in 1997 into a massive network of 1,57,776 in 2009. The journal, published once in five years, gives full account of the service work done by the innumerable units of the Sangh parivar, said RSS spokesman Manmohan Vaidya.

The service projects are mainly in four fields-- education, healthcare, social work and economic self-reliance

Of the total 1.5 lakh projects, nearly 40% or 59,498 are into imparting education. This work is mainly done through Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram (3147 units), Rashtriya Sewa Bharti (20,500 schools), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (25,922 units), Vidya Bharti (9682 units), Rashtriya Sevika Sangh (149 units) and Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (98 units). Similarly, 38,582 health-related units are being currently operated mainly through Seva Bharti, VHP, Bharat Vikas Parishad and Vanvasi Kalyan Ashrams. While the number of social projects that cover village development to disaster management have now grown 42,304, economic activity is being executed through 17,392 projects, according to the journal.

It’s in Kerala that the RSS projects have grown the most —  from 688 in 2004 to 8921 in 2009, followed by Karnataka with 9662 projects, up from 2535  five years ago. Practically every state has RSS presence through these projects. Special attention is paid to north-eastern states that are reeling under insurgency problem and in difficult terrains like jungles, hills and the strife-ridden Jammu and Kashmir to spread education and health. It is abysmal absence of government healthcare and educational facilities that provide a fertile ground for the growth of RSS social service outfits.

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