Seva Bharati, the service wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, is doing a remarkable job by providing houses to North Karnataka people who lost their dwellings in the recent floods. Seva Bharati has identified 11 taluks in 15 villages spread across 6 districts to construct a total of 2,371 houses. An MoU, signed between Seva Bharati, Karnataka, and Government of Karnataka regarding construction of houses, indicates that at least 2371 families will be able to live peacefully.
Dr HV Parswanath, Secretary, revenue department (disaster management), Government of Karnataka, exchanged copies of MoU in the presence of Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa.
Seva Bharati has formed a core team and various committees comprising experienced civil engineers, construction material suppliers, labour contractors, chartered accountants, financial institutions and dedicated volunteers to implement the project for the flood victims. To make the mission successful, key members of the committees are meeting on every alternate days to chalk out a programme to start construction work which will start after government provides water facility and establishes roads on the proposed site. Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, Shri MC Jayadev, member of the RSS, Shri N Dinesh Hegde, co-ordinator of Seva Bharati, Karnataka, Santhosh, general secretary (organising) of state BJP, BN Vijayakumar, MLA, Dr Ashwath Narayan, MLA, are working round the clock to effectively implement the project at the earliest. Traders, corporate houses, media houses, government employees, government and private associations, trade unions and general public are voluntarily supporting the cause by generous donation. It can be recalled here that Seva Bharati collected 40 truck loads of essential materials like blankets, sarees, food packets, utensils etc, and distributed the same in flood-hit areas of North Karnataka, soon after the flood havoc.
Villages Ukumanal (180 houses), Ramanahalli (190 houses) in Bijapur district, village Kadwad (40 houses) in Karwar district, village Gowdura (165 houses) in Gulbarga district, villages Aprala and Kolur (52 and 101 houses respectively) in Raichur district, villages Kotnalli (199 houses) Sabbala Hunasi (77 houses), Papatanal (67 houses), Suralikalla (226 houses), Inambudihal (92 houses), Ingalagi (158 houses), Alur SP (209 houses), Khairavadagi (140 houses) in Bagalkote district and village Holeaura (473 houses) in Gadag district are the six districts which will be adopted by Seva Bharati to help the flood-affected families in North Karnataka.
The number of projects run by the Seva Bharati is more than 45,000. It is reported to have 13,786 projects in education, 10,908 in health care, 17,560 in social welfare and 7,452 self-reliance projects. These projects, serving the economically weaker and socially neglected sections of the society range from medical assistance, crèche, library, hostel, basic education, adult education, vocational to industrial training, uplift of street children.