RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is to speak for an hour and then field questions from foreign media personnel. | Photo: PTI

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. | Photo: PTI file

New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is looking at facilitating jobs for migrant workers who had returned to their native places during the Covid-19 lockdown, with a focus on swadeshi and the government’s Atmanirbhar (self-reliance) pitch.

A senior RSS functionary told ThePrint that the organisation’s volunteers had conducted a survey at the district level to gauge the concerns of migrant workers. According to the functionary, while some of the respondents have expressed a desire to go back to their previous place of work in the cities, many have also said that they want to get jobs in their villages and towns.

Based on the feedback, the RSS through its Gram Vikas (villages development) initiative is reaching out to institutes that are working in the field of agriculture and allied activities to help migrant workers secure jobs.

The functionary further said that the majority of the migrants had returned to Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar, among others. “Many migrant workers said that based on their current skills, they want to get jobs in their villages and towns itself,” said the functionary quoted above.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to visit Kanpur, Kolkata

The move comes ahead of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s likely visit to Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh and Kolkata in West Bengal in the coming days where he will take up issues related to the welfare work done by RSS during the lockdown, the situation of migrant workers, the environment, Atmanirbhar Bharat, and ways to push the Swadeshi campaign.

Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwatji is likely to visit Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. He will be on a three-day visit to Kolkata from 22 September and will chair an organisational meeting with all the functionaries,” said another functionary.

“Many organisational issues and the welfare measures of the RSS especially taken during the pandemic will be discussed,” he added. “At the same time, issues such as how self-reliance (Atmanirbhar) can be achieved through a focus on the Swadeshi and how volunteers can help in that will also be taken up.”

The RSS is now focussing on key areas such as agriculture, cows, Ayurveda and other allied fields to create new job opportunities for migrant workers, he further said.

“Under the Gram Vikas initiative, we are trying to get in touch with institutes that are working in farms and the dairy sector. Cows are beneficial as one can earn money not only by selling their milk but also butter, ghee, urine, and gobar (cow dung) too,” added the functionary.

 

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