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RSS volunteers have taken the initiative to help the needy during the COVID-19 crisis.

By Kanan Parmar

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has taken the initiative to help the needy during the COVID-19 crisis.

RSS Volunteers have been working to raise awareness, dispel myths about coronavirus, distribute food packets and drinking water, conduct sanitisation drives, distribute masks and control traffic.

The Sangh had donated ration (rice, daal, tea leaves, flour, salt, potato , sugar and cooking oil) , to around 1,22,468. Moreover the Sangh also provided healthy meal boxes to 28,62,312 people.

RSS is an Indian hindu-faith based nationalist voluntary organization. Flickr

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The volunteers have set up 910 community kitchens across the country and 179 in Delhi itself.

RSS volunteers have distributed soaps among 120338 people, protective face masks among 96000 people, hand gloves to 40527 people and hand sanitizers among 11666 citizens.

The sangh has also set up the following helplines:

  • Sewa Bharti Helpline – 50666
  • STUDENT’S Helpline – 550
  • Helpline for the people in North East- 2366
  • Helpline for the differently-abled- 171
  • Digital Helpline- UTKARSH Mobile App (The app contains 4 helplines)

The organization has provided help by distributing milk to kids, meals to elderly and PG students, medical aid to the people in need which also includes 4900 North East families.

Even though RSS is a hindu-faith based organization, it provides its service irrespective of caste, religion, gender, creed or race.

Even though RSS is a hindu-faith based organization, it provides its service irrespective of caste, religion, gender, creed or race. Flickr

It has provided services to around 986 sex workers and 68 people from the transgender community.

In fact, Khalida Begum, a Muslim woman from Jammu and Kashmir has donated her savings of Rs 5 lakh, meant for the Hajj pilgrimage, to the RSS-affiliated ‘Sewa Bharati’.

Not just to the humans, the organization also served the animals by setting up around 508 animal-care centers where animal food and medicines were given.

The 13,72,067 members-strong volunteering team defines what true humanity is and also give us the lesson to help our fellow brothers and sisters during such critical times.

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About Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is an Indian hindu-faith based nationalist voluntary organization which was founded in 1925 by the Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, a doctor in Nagpur. The organization believes that he Hindu culture is the life-breath of Hindustan. The prime aim of the organization is to provide service to the humanity during critical situations. They provide their services irrespective of any diveristy, be it religion, gender or caste.

To know more about the organization, visit


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