With a year to go for Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh’s (RSS) student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is set to conduct a 15-day campaign-cum-survey — ‘Samajik Anubhuti’ — in the villages of UP to collect feedback regarding schemes launched by the Modi government. The ABVP workers would also interact with villagers about issues like communal clashes and religious conversion.
During the campaign, beginning June 1, nearly 6,000 ABVP workers would camp in different villages and interact with the residents over local issues.
For example, in western UP, they would collect information about reasons behind communal clashes, religious conversion and crime against Dalits and their social boycott. The workers would go door-to-door and collect information to fill a 31-point proforma on issues like accessibility to central welfare schemes, crime against Dalits and women, availability of education and medical facilities, basic infrastructure like drinking water, electricity, roads and schools and infrastructure available in local colleges and hospitals. They would also interact with villagers about the need to educate girls and prohibition of female foeticide.
In western and eastern UP, the workers would find out about activities of missionaries allegedly working to convert Hindus. Specific areas would be identified where incidents of atrocities on Dalits and their social boycott are maximum, said Dharampal Singh, ABVP’s state organisation general secretary.
In eastern UP, ABVP workers would also speak to villagers regarding drug addiction, encephalitis and lack of civic and health infrastructure. In Bundelkhand region, they would inquire about the problem of water scarcity, power crisis, lack of water bodies and unemployment.
“The findings will be compiled and documented so that ABVP could raise the problems of rural areas at different platforms. ABVP is engaging other students from outside as well to make them aware of the rural society and problems prevailing in villages,” said Singh. He added that ABVP will plan social services for different villages according to findings of the survey.
ABVP’s Awadh region organisation secretary, Satyabhan Bhadauriya, said the workers would also suggest solutions of social problems to the villagers. “They will appeal to the villagers to educate girls, prevent female foaeticide and avoid consumption of liquor and drugs,” he added.
ABVP’s All India Girls Work in-charge Mamta Pandey said the campaign is being launched countrywide to make youths aware about rural life “Youth workers usually work in urban areas and remain unaware of the situation in villages. This campaign will make them understand such problems,” she added.