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RSS chief on school mission

RSS Sarsanghchalak (chief) Mohan Madhukar Bhagwat will address a gathering of some one lakh functionaries associated with Ekal Abhiyan — its nationwide one-teacher school network — in the capital this Friday.

The programme will be hosted at Birsa Munda Football Stadium to mark the silver jubilee of the mission, started by a senior RSS functionary Bhaurao Deoras for development of people in the remote areas.

“Under the mission, children are imparted education in institutions that run without government aid. As many as 5,000 such schools are present across the state, most in rebel strongholds,” said central joint organising secretary of Ekal Abhiyan, Amrendra Vishnupuri.

According to him, RSS chief Bhagat in the two-hour long programme on March 14 is likely to lay down detailed guidelines to carry out the mission successfully in places where government machinery had failed to reach education and “vested and foreign interests” were taking advantage of the situation.

The programme will start from 2pm.

Before that, processions would be taken out around 11am from Shiv Mandir Dharamshala in Doranda, Patel Maidan in Harmu, State Institute of Rural Development grounds at Piska More, RIMS grounds at Bariatu and the space in front of Jharkhand Tribal Welfare and Research Institute at Morabadi.

The processions will culminate by 1pm at Birsa Munda Football Stadium.

Vishnupuri said that to make the function a success with minimum expenditure, food packets would be collected from houses across the capital and distributed among the participants.

“We have planned to collect around one lakh packets of prepared food to serve the participants. The purpose is to garner support of maximum number of city residents to accomplish our mission of reaching the unreached,” he said.