In a massive campaign, more than 2,500 volunteers of RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) have joined hands to help the needy in Nagpur during the lockdown imposed to contain spread of Coronavirus. These RSS volunteers have distributed more than 30,000 food kits to the needy in Nagpur ever since the lockdown was implemented.
The volunteers are working from Pandit Bachharaj Vyas Vidyalaya premises near Medical Square in Nagpur and are involve in procuring donations and food material, preparing food kits and distributing them to the needy.
Explaining the process in which RSS volunteers are helping the needy, Rajesh Loya, Nagpur Mahanagar Sanghchalak, said, “Our volunteers are connected to different Seva Bastis in various remote and isolated areas of Nagpur. Seva Bastis are places, which have a presence of lot of labours, poor and people who need help. Our volunteers get in touch with some people in these areas and make a list of people, who don’t have ration cards and who need these food kits. Thereafter, we distribute the food kits to people who need them.”
Loya added, “Each food kit contains 16 items. These items include, rice, oil, pulses, turmeric powder, spices, etc. One food kit can easily last for 8-10 days. We have also informed the people receiving kits that we will give them the kits again if they don’t get food kits from somewhere else.”
Loya also informed that apart from these 2,500 volunteers, many RSS volunteers are helping other organizations like ISKCON. Loya said, “Our volunteers are helping other organizations to gather, make and distribute food as well.”
Needless to say, RSS volunteers are also observing all the norms to avoid spread of COVID-19. Vivek Dhakras, a RSS member said, “Volunteers make it a point to wear masks, use sanitizers, caps and gloves and maintain social distancing while they work with each other at the school premises and while they distribute food packets. Speaking about the initiative, Dhakras added, “This is certainly a great campaign initiated by Rajesh Loya ji, Arvind Kukde ji (Nagpur Mahanagar Karyawah) and other RSS leaders.