The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is bracing up to commemorate 100 years of the outfit in 2025. Newly elected Sarkaryavaha Dattatreya Hosabale on Saturday revealed the RSS’s three dimension (3-D) outreach plan which aims at ensuring that the BJP comes to power in 2024, a year ahead of the RSS completing 100 years in 2025.
Even as Hosabale did not take the name of RSS’s political arm BJP or the incumbent Central government throughout his 45-minute press meet, he dropped enough hints about how the RSS plans to fan out across the country and reach out to various sections of society.
As per the RSS’s 3-D plan, the first step is to expand its network in all mandals (cluster of 10-12 villages. The second is to launch a massive outreach campaign to tap farmers in the name of improving soil conditions, which will be launched on April 13 onwards. The final step is to work towards inculcating family values in the next three years (parivar prabodhan). As a part of this, an intellectual campaign will be taken up by the RSS in the next three years.
After his election by the RSS’s highest decision-making body, the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) on the concluding day of two-day meet here, Hosabale said the RSS will work with several organisations and trusts to improve the quality of the soil as it is degrading because of various reasons.
“We are in touch with several soil experts who have suggested various ways to improve degrading soil and improve crop yield. The RSS will take it up as a large campaign with pilot projects in this regard from April 13,” he explained.
Apart from reaching out to rural areas, the RSS will also look to expand its network in all mandals in the country, he said.
Hosabale said the RSS will commemorate completion of 100 years in national service in 2025. “The RSS has planned to reach every mandal in the country. Due to Corona, RSS could not hold regular shakhas. Since November, regular shakhas have begun wherever the situation was conducive and no restrictions were in place and by following all the norms suggested by the government,” he explained.
According to him, RSS operates its shakhas (branches) at 34,569 locations in the country. “18500 weekly assemblies (milans) are happening across the country. We plan to reach all the mandals in the next three years by covering all 58542 mandals and in 5505 in khands/developmental blocks in the country,” he explained.
He said that this along with its civilisational experience and its achievements have to be conveyed to the world and the next generation. “An intellectual campaign towards this will be taken up by the RSS in the next three years. The experience of our karyakartas is the inspiration behind the sangh work in these three dimensions (3-D) in the next few years,” he explained.
The highest decision-making body of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), passed a unanimous resolution on Saturday praising the several initiatives of the Union government such as the Vande Bharat Mission, Vaccine Maitri campaign, Shramik special trains and the ongoing Covid vaccination drive, besides hailing the society for the resilient fight it put up to combat the dreaded virus.
According to the resolution, from the begining of the global pandemic, ‘Bharat’ lived up to the axiom of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family) and extended its helping hand to various countries by distributing essential items.
“We have also distributed vaccines to many countries through the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ campaign. Bharat’s timely acts of international cooperation have been appreciated by many leaders and countries around the world,” the resolution read.
It also pointed out that different sections of the society such as the security forces, government functionaries, essential service providers, financial institutions and many others kept the wheels of daily life rolling in an uninterrupted manner throughout the pandemic, which was possible due to the coordinated exercises of various government departments.
The ABPS noted that agriculture produce was more than usual during this time, while the economy is also showing encouraging signs.
“We could also turn this distress into an opportunity with industrial innovations in manufacturing ventilators, PPE kits, developing techniques for Corona testing and quick affordable indigenous Covid vaccine. This has revealed the innate resilience and ingenuity of the society in the face of hardships,” the resolution said.
The ABPS also appreciated the role played by every section of the society in containing the ill-effects of the pandemic.
“As the news of the pandemic and its devastating nature started trickling in, the government and the administrative machineries, both at the Centre and the states, swung into action. To educate the masses about the nature of the disease and the necessary precautions, a massive countrywide exercise of public dissemination was undertaken by using various creative means supported by a positive approach of the media with the effect that the entire country responded collectively,” the resolution said.
The ABPS also expressed its gratitude towards the Corona warriors, who have rendered selfless service and even sacrificed their lives fighting the pandemic.
“So far, thousands of people have succumbed to the virus. We offer tribute to the departed souls and express heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. Bharatiya society as a whole has written a new saga of service,” it stated.