Noted Supreme Court lawyer Harish Salve donated 1400 masks stitched by his wife Meenakshi Salve to Seva Bharati to distribute among people. Besides Salve, many others also donated essential commodities to Seva Bharati to be distributed among the poor in Delhi.
Between March 24 to April 15, the Seva Bharati has provided food packets to 28 lakh people. It has distributed packets containing essential items to 1,22,000 houses. Besides, it has distributed 1.20 lakh soaps, 96,000 masks, 40,000 gloves, 11,500 sanitizer bottles among people.
Delhi— More than 4,500 RSS Swayamsevaks are involved in relief work in Delhi. They are distributing 1,30,000 food packets to needy people every day. Till Wednesday, the RSS had distributed more than 50,500 ration kits at 630 locations across the national capital. Swayamsevaks are further helping people in around 300 slums in NCR by distributing food packets, masks and soaps. While doing this they are also ensuring that there is no crowding. They are also working on creating awareness, making affordable masks available wherever they are required.
In another unique initiative, Seva Bharati workers distributed food ration among sex workers in GB Road. For this, they prepared a list of 986 sex workers living there and categorised them into 250 joints (groups of workers living together). Later, 250 kits were distributed.
Seva Bharati work in all-over India
In Assam, RSS Swayamsevaks distributed food and other materials to 14,513 families in over 410 villages. More than 750 volunteers are working day and night to provide food materials to the poor and deserving people.
RSS Volunteers distributed grocery kits, packed food, kits with daily essential items to needy families affected by lockdown at Mongaldoi, Goalpara, Hojai, South Kamrup district, Keshab Nagar in Guwahati, Palasbari, Kamrup, Sivsagar and Dhubri in Assam.
ABVP volunteers distributed food and other essential items to the lockdown affected students from other states studying in Tripura.
In Uttar Pradesh, Seva Bharati workers continue to deliver food items to more than 8,000 people through 35 relief centers daily. So far 74,000 food packets and 2,000 families have been provided ration materials. In Muradabad, they are distributing more than 2,500 grocery packets to needy families everyday. RSS in collaboration with Dabur Memorial Trust and Seva Bharati prepared 2000 food packets for lockdown affected needy people at Agra.
RSS has also started relief camps in the state. Two such camps in Lucknow are at Saraswati Vidya Mandir in Aliganj and in a guest house near Buddheshwar crossing. Vidya Bharti has set up 10-bed isolation camp in Madhav auditorium in Niralanagar, Lucknow.
In Meerut, Sangh swayamsevakas and volunteers of Seva Bharati formed 28 Jilla units grouped in 9 vibhagas having 1720 Swayamsevaks. They with guidance of the administration distributed relief materials to 8,221 households and 49,186 families at 448 places. Food is being cooked at 249 places and 31,000 hungry people are having meal daily on an average. A total of 2500 masks have been distributed so far. More than 4400 Swayamsevaks were involved in this endeavour.
In Madhya Pradesh, RSS volunteers are distributing vegetables to needy people in Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh. RSS volunteers are distributing ration packets to more than 350 needy families in Barwani district.
On April 6, 17,534 face masks made by RSS inspired Ekal Bharat’s 24 skill centres, were distributed by volunteers in various areas of Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. Total 74,913 masks have been made till date.
In Rajasthan, since March 15, around 8,213 Swayamsevaks from 893 Shakhas have provided food packets and ration kits daily to over 1.5 lakh families in the state apart from all round assistance to the governments efforts. This involves providing guidelines for prevention, distribution of pamphlets about coronavirus, running public awareness programmes on social media including steps to follow lockdown measures, distribution of food packets, special care of veterans, cleanliness, sanitizer spray, mask making and soap distribution.
When S.M.S. Hospital in Jaipur went through a crisis over the lack of masks, a team of RSS Swayamsevaks provided it with 5,000 masks in a short time. Many families of Swayamsevaks are involved in preparing masks. Around 87,775 masks have already been prepared.
Across Rajasthan, 65,033 kits of ration for 20 days have been made available by RSS Swayamsevaks to laborers and migrant population in Pratapgarh, Udaipur’s Sayra, Sanganer, Dausa and Bharatpur.
In Karnataka, more than 8,400 RSS Swayamsevaks have worked round the clock in Karnataka Dakshin Prant to provide 71,667 ration kits, more than 1 lakh food packets, and over 51,000 face masks to the needy affected by the lockdown. This has benefited more than 3 lakh families in the prant.
Regular food and ration packet distribution are organised in several parts of Bengaluru, Bagalkot, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubballi and Shivamogga. RSS Swayamsewaks have come to the aid of students and workers from the North-Eastern states who were stranded during the lockdown. They were provided with food and essential items to last for the entire duration.
With 33,000 workers engaged in service activities, Seva Bharati has emerged as the largest charitable organisation in Kerala. It has opened more than 2500 centres across the state to distribute grocery items and food packets. Apart from distribution of food packets and grocery items to the needy, RSS volunteers have arranged for drinking water facilities for cattle, birds, and also arranged food for stray dogs in few parts of Kerala.
Seva Bharati volunteers jumped to help the laborers from Amethi who were stranded in Wayanad without food and other items. They were provided food and ration to last for several weeks.
In a unique initiative, RSS volunteers in alliance with the Kerala State Barbers and Beauticians Association organised free hair cut service and hygiene awareness for more than 200 orphaned senior citizens residing in various orphanages at Palakkad.
In Telangana, more than 2,700 Swayamsevaks have so far distributed grocery kits to about 25,000 families in need at 369 locations in Telangana. The Swayamsevaks have also been creating awareness about precautions to be taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Seva Bharati is also distributing masks, sanitisers, kits of essential commodities to people whose livelihood have been affected due to the lockdown in Hyderabad, Sangareddy District, Bachupally, Bollaram and other areas. These kits were also provided to 200 trainee police constables in Police Training Institute, Puranapool, Hyderabad. RSS volunteers served tea to municipality workers at Adoni, Andhra Pradesh.
In addition, Swayamsevaks have been volunteering to ensure that social distancing is followed at ration shops and other places where people gather to buy essentials, besides volunteering to help the police and sanitary workers.
In Maharashtra, a massive effort was undertaken by the RSS in alliance with Janakalyan Samiti and the Keshav Srushti My Green Society in Mumbai. Over one lakh people in the city of Mumbai are being served food daily for the past week.
The food cooked at these kitchens is being served through different channels. The BMC collects 40,000 food packets from these kitchens every day to serve its own staff and the medicos and police engaged in emergency services and to serve the, labourers and the migrants. Another 60,000 food packets are distributed through the RSS network at various underprivileged localities across city while around 20,000 food packets are given to daily wagers in the city.
Around 7,000 RSS Swayamsevaks are currently engaged in running these kitchens and distribution of the food.