In an outreach programme targeting corporate employees in the state’s urban centres, the Haryana wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has launched an online membership campaign inviting people to join the outfit through its web portal. Its special focus is on the state’s most urbanised districts of Gurgaon, Faridabad and Panchkula.
“Gurgaon being a corporate hub, especially in the field of information technology, people are coming in huge numbers and registering with us online. About 10,000 out of the 20,000 members in the state are from Gurgaon alone. They apply online from Monday to Friday. We either send our workers to them or invite them to our karyalyas on weekends to finalise membership formalities. Special shakhas are organised for them on Sunday at our district headquarters, Madhav Bhavan in Sector 12,” said Pawan Jindal, the Sangh Chalak or state head.
Jindal said about 70% of such members are from the IT industry while the rest include doctors, students, teachers, and entrepreneurs etc.
Himanshu (36) who offers online classes to students in India and abroad in various streams, including international baccalaureate (IB), too joined the RSS online. A Sushant Lok resident, Himanshu is a regular visitor to the shakhas. “For me, the Sangh means public service. I have observed that this organisation is not politically connected,” he said.
The RSS has also effected major organisational changes in the state and has carved out rural and urban segments apart from appointing separate pracharaks to focus on their core areas.
“We have divided the state’s 21 districts into 27 districts. Gurgaon is now divided into two districts – City and Manesar, which is promoted as Mahanagar. The City wing represents the entire area under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG). The rest, being mostly rural, is under Manesar. Urban Gurgaon is further subdivided into New and old Gurgaon. New Gurgaon includes posh localities such as DLF City, Sushant Lok, South City, Palam Vihar and Huda sectors 21-57. Faridabad is also divided into two districts,” Jindal added.
RSS further divides a district into bastis with a population of 10,000 each. With its population of around 25 lakh, Gurgaon has 25 bastis.
Similarly, the country is divided into chhetras (zones). Gurgaon comes under the Uttranchal chhetra that includes the states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir.