rss: Ahead of polls, RSS volunteers’ groups to focus on people’s health, security | India News – Times of India


LUCKNOW: Months ahead of the UP Assembly elections, the Rashtriya Swayemsewak Sangh (RSS) has shifted its focus on ensuring service and security to people.
While the RSS had earlier directed all the organisations affiliated to it to start programmes to help the common man in view of Covid pandemic, it has also asked the heads of its Marg unit ( marg pramukhs) to spread awareness among the people residing in the range of 1-2km from main roads.
RSS is also planning to hold a three-day meeting of all its units by September-end. Sources in the RSS said the works done for people’s welfare would be reviewed in a meeting which would be presided over by former sah karyavaah (general secretary) Bhaiyyaji Joshi.
Toeing the RSS line to serve people, especially on the health front, the BJP has also formed swayem sahayata samooh (groups of volunteers) which are being represented at booth level by one member each from Mahila Morcha and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. These groups have been asked to contact people and ensure their well-being.
Other units affiliated to the RSS have also formed groups to contact people at the grass roots.
On the security front, the RSS has created a ‘Marg unit’ and has appointed marg pramukhs to keep people, residing 1-2km from the main roads, aware about any suspicious activities.
A pracharak associated with the task told TOI, “Those residing near the main roads would be made aware about how to remain alert and ward off suspicious activities. Marg pramukhs are being appointed keeping in view the fact that anti-social elements choose locations close to the main roads to take shelter and then create trouble.”
“The marg pramukhs have been asked to keep an eye on new educational institutions coming up in their respective areas and also on new people coming to reside in the localities. The programme will focus only on rural areas,” the pracharak said on condition of anonymity.
At least 20-22 main roads are being selected in each of the Sangh’s organisation districts.
Meanwhile, the venue and schedule of the meeting of RSS units are yet to be finalized. Sources said the meeting could be held in September-end either in Lucknow or Ayodhya.
The meeting is likely to be presided over by Bhaiyyaji Joshi, who until a few months back was sar karyavaah (general secretary). He had been holding the post since 2009 and decided to quit on health grounds this year. He was replaced by Dattatreya Hosabale.
Besides Bhaiyyaji Joshi, senior RSS functionaries Dr Krishna Gopal and Arun may also attend the meeting.
Sources said organisations like Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Shiksha Bharti, Sewa Bharti and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will take part in the meeting.
UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh and organisational secretary Sunil Bansal will attend the meeting and provide details about the progress of the programmes.





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