MGNREGA monitored by RSS men, Panchjanya’s editor


New Delhi, June 4 :  The Modi government has installed people having RSS ideology in each and every institution and schemes launched by it and there are reports that Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has appointed the editor of RSS publication Panchjanya, members of a few Hindu spiritual organisations and the CEO of a drone company in the apex body responsible for monitoring the implementation of the flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) Act.

This provides an ample evidence that Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s allegations that the BJP and RSS were making attempts to capture all institutions in the country, stands proved.

“The BJP is trying to capture all institutions in India and the RSS is trying to push its people into every institution. You must have heard what Mohan Bhagwatji said,” he said. (Bhagwat, during an RSS meeting at Muzaffarnagar, reportedly said the Army may take six to seven months to prepare for war but RSS cadres can prepare in just three days.)

He further said, “Today, most Union ministers’ officers on special duty (OSDs) are from the RSS. Even in Niti Aayog, RSS men have been planted. This is a very dangerous trend and BJP believes in bureaucratisation of these institutions to plant their men.”

All these members come under the category of ‘non-official members from various states’and are appointed in addition to representatives of state governments and panchayati raj institutions.

  • Prominent among those is Hitesh Shanker, Editor, Panchjanya Weekly, who has been named a non-official member from Delhi.
  • From Uttarakhand, the ministry has nominated Sanjay Chaturvedi, convener of Divine International Foundation (DIF), which describes itself as “a separate entity of Divya Prem Sewa Mission” started by RSS pracharak Ashish Gautam. This Haridwar-based mission lists yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali as one of its CSR partners.
  • Sudhir Aggarwal, a BJP member who is “founder-president, Confederation of Voluntary Organizations” and who describes himself as a “swayam sevak since childhood” on his website. A lawyer, Aggarwal has listed the “Baba Ramdev case” under his “major activities”. The ministry notification, however, calls him a member of ‘Union of Voluntary Association’.
  • G Vasudev from Vivekanand Kendra at Kanyakumari, a Hindu spiritual organisation founded in the seventies by Eknath Ranade, a senior RSS pracharak. Its website lists ‘Group Discussion on Rousing Call to Hindu Nation’ as one of its many recent activities held in Rajasthan late last year.
  • Other CEGC members include Vikshut Mundkur, co-founder and CEO of the Bangalore-based HUVI Air Technologies Private which ‘enables construction companies to embed drone data based insights across all stages of construction projects’, and Santosh Raghunath Gondhalekar, “Director, Primo Engineering”, a Pune-based company (spelled on its website as Primove) that extracts biogas from agricultural waste.

The Indian Expres report stated that a ministry official said the council members have been nominated so as to ensure diversity of people who engage with the subject. “There has not been any political inputs from any of the members. The present council also has names such as Narendra Nath Damodar from Pradan, which specialises in rural development, and Manoj Panda, the director of Institute of Economic Growth, in addition to several panchayat leaders,” the official stated in a report.

The Rural Development Ministry, in a notification issued last month, appointed them as members of the Central Employment Guarantee Council (CEGC), with a tenure of one year starting June 20, when the term of the present committee expires. The CEGC was formed to monitor the implementation of the 2005 Act that promises 100 days of employment a year to every rural household.

The initial members of the CEGC included social activists and economists such as Aruna Roy, Jean Dreze, and Nikhil Dey, who were involved in framing and monitoring the implementation of the NREGA at the grassroots level soon after the legislation was launched in February 2006.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal has alleged that every institution in the country was under attack and attempts were being made to control the media and the judiciary.

Sibal said that while the BJP has already appointed RSS ‘pracharaks’ in key positions in educational institutions of the country, it is now attempting to instal RSS pracharaks or people of their thinking in the judiciary.

“They have filled educational institutions with RSS pracharaks. Now they are making attempts to fill the judiciary with RSS pracharaks or people with their thinking,” he told reporters.

The former law minister said, “This is not acceptable to us and will oppose it. If need be, we will also raise this issue with the judiciary.”

When Smriti Irani was the HRD minister, Powerful RSS ideologue Krishna Gopal was overseeing all major appointments in top educational institutes, getting his men and women in place.

Chandrakant Gharote, the general secretary of Sanskar Bharti was appointed as the member of Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC),

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