RSS supports Anna's stir, to mobilise people against graft

Backing the stir by Anna Hazare against corruption, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Saturday slammed the 'uncalled for arrogance' by the government to the activist's demands and demanded an effective Lokpal at the earliest.

"The RSS has, through a resolution passed at its national meet at Puttur in Karnataka in March this year, exhorted its Swayamsevaks to fully support all the initiatives in the country against corruptions in all forms," RSS leader Ram Madhav told reporters here.

"The government and some leaders of UPA (United Progressive Alliance) have demonstrated uncalled for arrogance in addressing the issues raised by Hazare. The RSS condemns this attitude and wants an effective Lokpal at the earliest," he added.

"While the proposed Lokpal addresses one major dimensions of the problem of corruptions, there are several other dimensions to it like the influence of black money and short-cut methods to get the works done," said Madhav, who is now on a tour to the northeastern states.

He said that the RSS has launched a country-wide campaign to educate the people against fraudulent acts and to make India a corruption free country, clean society and political situation.

He also said the RSS will undertake a determined fight against the proposed communal violence bill, and has been asking MPs of all political parties to reject the proposed Communal and Targeted Violence (Prevention) Bill 2011 when it is brought in parliament.

"The National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by the Congress president Sonia Gandhi had drafted the dangerous and draconian bill that is explicitly biased against the majority Hindu communities," he alleged.

"Through the bill it attempts to widen the gulf and acrimony between communities and thus it would be a fodder for anti-national and anti-Hindu forces," he said, adding: "The bill aimed at only to punish the people belonging to Hindu after the any incident of communal violence."

He said the RSS has set up over 5,000 'Ekal Vidyalaya' (single teacher school) in seven northeastern states to provide education among the tribal, backward and children living in far-flung areas.

The RSS also runs several projects for the tribals, uneducated and backward people and people living in the remote and hilly areas of the northeastern region, he added.

The projects include, running of free hostels, health care and medical centres, "Banabasi Kalyan Ashram" (farmhouse for the forest dwellers) and mini artisan training centres.

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