Kolkata: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has added more than 250 shakhas across West Bengal in the last one year, and it plans to go beyond block levels to reach out to people at the “mandal” or gram panchayat level.
After gaining considerable traction in Hooghly district and Durgapur, the number of shakhas has grown from around 1,100 in 2016 to more than 1,350 in 2017. A senior Sangh functionary explained that the rising number was a result of “the increased response from socially and economically backward areas”, which prompted the organisation to “spread its network” in Bengal.
“Growth is being witnessed in areas where people lack basic facilities like education and health. We are getting response from people. Based on the response, we are spreading into areas where people have expressed their willingness for seva,” the leader said.
RSS operates through 910 shakhas in 650 places in south Bengal and 452 shakhas in 373 places in north Bengal. The number of weekly activity or milans stands at 1,092 and there are 226 mandalis active across the state.-