Marginal rise in Shakhas: RSS

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in its recently concluded annual meet of its highest decision-making body at Puttar in Karnataka has claimed that despite terror charges the number of its Shakhas has increased.

According to Suresh Joshi (Bhaiyaji) the number of Shakhas at present is 39,908 which are spread to 27,078 places all across India as compared to 39, 823 Shakhas earlier. Although there has been a slight increase in the number of Shakhas but at the same time it has witnessed a sharp decline in the number of places where Shakhas used to be held. But a close look at the earlier figures of Shakhas reveals that there has been a steep decline in the number of Shakha over the years.

In 2005-06 the number of Shakhas stood at 51,000 which came down to 43,905 in the year 2009. RSS in its annual report last year had accepted a decline of 4,000 Shakhas from the 2009 figures. However CPI (M) of Madhya Pradesh has criticised Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s statement that government employees would be allowed to take part in ‘Shakhas’ conducted by the RSS. State CPI(M) Secretary Badal Saroj said that the government of Madhya Pradesh is least concerned about the plight of the government employees but is worried over the decline in the number of Shakhas across India including Madhya Pradesh

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 4

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