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Anupam Trivedi , Hindustan Times
Dehradun, July 01, 2013
The RSS has again demonstrated its service ethic by working silently in remote areas where government agencies have not reached. They are running relief camps and providing food and shelter to the locals. Some 500-odd RSS volunteers are working in Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi districts since the June 16-17 rain devastated the Garhwal hills.

“We will remain in the areas till the situation becomes normal,” said Dr Harish, RSS prant pracharak, Uttarakhand.

Other charitable bodies have followed suit.

Nearly 200 volunteers of the Sant Nirankari Charitable Trust are active in villages of the Kedarnath valley. And the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, which manages the gurdwaras of the Punjab-Himachal Pradesh region, has also been quick to be in action.

It has pressed into service ambulances in the affected areas, besides sending food to the Hemkunt valley.

Members of an NGO called Kaash trekked to remote villages.

“We plan to visit again,” said Shray Sharma of Kaash.