The RSS has always been accused of only pandering to the Hindutva agenda. Those who do this conveniently forget the good work and social service done by the RSS all over Bharat. For the first time the mainstream media had to grudgingly accept the work done by the RSS during the floods in Uttarakhand because at that time RSS volunteers were the first ones to reach the flood affected villages and provide succour to the villagers even before the government machinery set into action. Soon all this was forgotten and the rabid comments about RSS dominated the media once again. But it is a fact that RSS and its volunteers have always been at the forefront when it came to helping the needy, without asking for anything in return. In fact RSS must be the only organization in the world which does not have any joining fee or compulsory donation.
The latest is the MOU signed by ONGC and Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidyakiya Pratishthan (BAVP) to build a 300 bedded multi-speciality hospital in Sivasagar in Assam. In 2008 itself ONGC had expressed an interest in building a hospital in Sivasagar, but they had not got any adequate response. When BAVP, an RSS affiliated organization put forward their proposal, ONGC sanctioned Rs.313 cr. for the same from their CSR funds.
BAVP runs another multi-speciality hospital in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The unique feature of this institution is that since it is a RSS affiliated organization, service is the sole motto. They do not work for profits and all earnings are ploughed back into service itself. In fact, Dr.Anant Pandhare, medical director of the hospital and secretary of BAVP has said, “Not a single penny will be taken outside Assam.” The hospital will be set up in three phases and the first phase of the hospital is expected to start by 2019. The whole project is expected to be completed by 2023.
According to the detailed project report for the hospital, it will start medical facilities such as internal medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, ENT, orthopedics, gynecology, pulmonary medicine and ophthalmology.”The purpose of setting up this hospital is to provide quality healthcare facilities at a subsidised rate. The hospital will provide medical facilities at 70 per cent lower than the market rate and 33 per cent of the beds will be kept reserved for the economically weaker section of people. Whatever profit the hospital will earn will be ploughed back and invested within the hospital,” D.D. Misra, director of human resource in ONGC, said.
This hospital will benefit people of the North Eastern Region. “Establishing a hospital in Sivasagar will help to take the load off from Dibrugarh-based Assam Medical College and Tezpur Medical College- the only two government medical facilities in Upper Assam, which at present are overcrowded. Our hospital, hopefully, will also cater to patients from neighbouring Nagaland,” D.D. Anil Bhalerao, chairman of DBAVP, said here this afternoon. This is one of the biggest CSR projects in India.