New Delhi: Stressing that the impact of the second wave of Covid-19 has been huge in India, RSS Prachar Pramukh (publicity manager) Sunil Ambekar refrained from criticizing the government and said the focus was on aid to everyone, to the Center and to the States. do.
Ambekar also said the RSS has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the Covid vaccination campaign and dispel rumors about it.
“The objective of RSS is to extend aid to the needy, to bring them relief. As far as the government is concerned, it gives all its help. States are also trying to do their job, ”he said.
Asked specifically why India was not prepared for the second wave, Ambekar said: “It is not true that we were not aware of the second wave.”
“The new strain was found in Maharashtra in January itself. But if you look at the number of Covid-19s in the second wave, India has been hit the hardest, ”he told ThePrint.
Ambekar said RSS has already provided assistance to those in need, from providing food, disinfectants, medicine and oxygen.
As always, organizations like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Sewa Bharati and many others are working day and night to bring relief to affected areas and families. At the initiative of the Sangh, 12 types of major essential works have started as a priority, ”Ambekar said.
“The RSS swayamsevaks operate Covid service centers (Covid Seva Kendra) in 43 major cities. The administration of Covid hospitals is supported at 219 other sites. So far, 2,442 vaccination centers have been launched with awareness campaigns in more than 10,000 vaccination sites, ”he added.
MeanwhileAmbekar played down comments made by Rajiv Tuli, executive member of the Delhi wing of the RSS state, who questioned the role of the Delhi BJP in extending aid during the pandemic.
“Where is BJP4Delhi?” Or is the state body dissolved? »Tuli wrote on Twitter Wednesday, but deleted it later.
So“Ambekar said:” This was his personal comment and not the official view of the RSS. “
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Campaign to be extended
Regarding the vaccination awareness campaign, Ambekar said that it is leading it in towns and villages, and will extend the campaign from May 1, all people aged 18 and over will be eligible to get vaccinated. .
“In 10,000 different places across the country, such awareness programs are already underway. They go door to door and inform people that vaccines have no negative impact and that some of them may have fever, body aches, which is a natural reaction of the vaccine. It happens with all vaccines. So there is no need to be apprehensive and people should get vaccinated, ”he said.
“New vaccination centers are being set up for this by the respective governments and we will also conduct our awareness programs near these centers and encourage people to go there,” he added.
Asked that there is already a shortage of vaccines even as the government has opened up vaccination for people aged 18 and over, he said: “New decisions are made every day, new vaccines are being made. authorized. As for the oxygen supply, we have enough oxygen, but logistics is the problem.
“States have already started doing this and are placing orders every day,” he added.
On Hosabalus’ comment
On RSS of General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale comment Last week, warning of “anti-Bharat” forces, Ambekar said, “He only said anti-Bharat forces, which means those outside India.”
“He warned people that at a time when we are waging a battle against Covid-19, someone might be trying to take an emotional advantage or not,” he added.
Ambekar also urged members of society to unite and help people amid the pandemic.
“A number of relief measures have been announced under Sewa Bharati and we are doing our best to help people in this crisis. It is only with the help of society and the administration that we can win this battle, ”he added.
(Edited by Debalina Dey)
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