Buoyed with the success of literacy campaign conducted in Delhi during the birth centenary of Shri Guruji, the Sewa Bharati has decided to extend the campaign across the country. According to Shri Prem Chand Goel, Akhil Bharatiya Sewa Pramukh of RSS, preparations for the campaign are in full swing and after February 18, the campaign will be launched across the country. The campaign has also produced good results in Chandigarh. A special book has been published for helping people to learn three Rs.?reading, writing and arithmetic.
Talking to Organiser in New Delhi, Shri Goel said the prime objective of the birth centenary year celebration was to reach all sections of the society. For this objective the Sewa Bharati had planned five types of programmes. The first programme was for ?literacy?. It began in Delhi and later implemented in Chandigarh. In Delhi alone the Sewa Bharati made more than 10,000 people literate under the first phase. These neo-literates can now not only read the newspapers but also write letters. This literacy campaign was launched in slum localities of Delhi, which attracted not only Hindus but Muslims also in good number.
The second programme was for ?tree-plantation?. Under this campaign the Sewa Bharati workers insisted that at least a sapling of Tulsi should be planted in every house. In slum bastis, the workers provided Tulsi plant for plantation to the families living there. It is the beginning of the tree-plantation campaign. Some people have planted saplings in front of their houses and they have resolved to look after them properly.
?Health check-up? of children between the age of 3 to 13 was the third programme. With the help of the National Medicos Organisation and the Arogya Bharati, the Sewa Bharati activists conducted health check up of children of the slum bastis. The health check up detected some complicated diseases also, which were unknown to the children'sfamilies. ?In Panchkula (Haryana) we found a three year-old boy who had a hole in his heart. Similarly a five year-old girl was found near Chandigarh who had no sight in one of her eyes. We hope to conduct health check up of crores of children,? added Shri Goel.
The fourth programme is for ?cleanliness?. Normally people throw garbage in streets. The Sewa Bharati has decided to provide dustbins for every 15-20 families and requested people to throw garbage only in the dustbin.
The fifth programme is for ?honouring the organisations, which are rendering good services to people?. ?In Agra, we honoured 27 such organisations in order to encourage them and also to recognise their services. Similar functions were held in Faridabad and also at a place in Maharashtra. A function will also be held in Jodhpur. We admit that various other organisations are also rendering good services and we should join hands with them to carry out desired changes in the society. Our objective is to unite the society so that Krishna and Sudama can come close again,? said Shri Goel.
Shri Goel further said that the Sewa Bharati also established contacts with the saints active in different parts of the country. He said the experiment of Women Conventions also proved very fruitful. Shri Goel pointed out that the number of service projects has increased during the birth centenary year and it is hoped that number of the projects would cross one lakh in coming a few months. (FOC)