As much as 66 per cent of all Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) shakhas are composed entirely of college and school-going youths, RSS’s Jaipur prant Sanghachalak Ramesh Agrawal said on Tuesday, in a bid to counter “untrue claims” that RSS is “not present among the youth”.
Having returned from Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal convention of the RSS in Ranchi, Agrawal was briefing mediapersons about the resolution asking the government to “reformulate” the population policy to check “demographic imbalance”.
“The basis of the 1947 partition of India was population imbalance. And there is no guarantee it will not happen in future. Hence, we have requested the government to check infiltration and not give certain privileges to those who have already infiltrated,” Agrawal said.
He said that shakha figures are routinely compiled and as per the latest figures, there are 50,432 RSS shakhas across the country. “At 31,840 locations across the country, we have 50,432 shakhas. In Jaipur, we hav‘ ‘29 locations’ (or localities) with 260 shakhas here,” he said. “Apart from shakhas, we also have groups that meet weekly or monthly, known as milan mandali. Numbering 21,560, they are different from, and exclude, the shakhas.”
“Of the total 50,432 shakhas, 45,881 shakhas (90 per cent) have people below the age of 45 and 40. And 66 per cent of all our shakhas are only of college or school-going youths,” Agrawal said, adding that “some people ignorantly say that Sangh is not present among the youth, this is totally false.” He also said that more than 60 per cent of all RSS shakhas are in rural areas. In Rajasthan, RSS has 4,870 shakhas at 2,744 locations, registering a growth of about 6 per cent over last year.
In light of the RSS resolution, Agrawal said that barring some eastern districts, “RSS has shakhas in more than 90 per cent of about 6,100 tehsils across the country. At each tehsil, we have about 5-8 mandals; of a total of 55,435 mandals, we have shakhas in about 40 per cent of them.”
He said that for Rajasthan, the RSS has decided to plant trees in the monsoon season for which a 5-6 member team has been constituted. “Gradually, we want to convert it into a public movement and plant trees by crores in monsoon season. We will not just plant trees, but also save them,” Agrawal said.