Speaking at the centenary celebrations of the Bharat Sevashram Sangha, a network of volunteers across the globe dedicated to helping people in distress, PM Narendra Modi through video conferencing said “I am in Delhi and the programme is in Shillong… but we are connected due to technology. I recall my Meghalaya visit last year.” PM Modi thereafter added, “Centenary celebrations are unique moments…on moments like this we remember the good work of the Bharat Sevashram Sangha.” Founded in 1917 by the Acharya Srimat Swami Pranavanandaji Maharaj, the Sangha’s social welfare activities include disaster relief, spreading education, providing healthcare facilities, vocational training and upliftment of the tribals.
Highlighting the role of the founder PM Modi further said, “Swami Pranavananda connected his disciples to service and spirituality.” He also remembered the good work of the organisation on the ground said that, “During several natural disasters, BSS teams have served people with great dedication. Their good work is widely remembered.”
PM Modi also revealed that the organisation had faced some accusations, but there was no justification in that. He said, “Sadly, some people tried to create a false perception that ‘Adhyatma’ is different from ‘Seva.’ BSS has proven them wrong.”
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PM Modi said that the youngsters should be taking leadership roles in movements like this. He said, “Swami Pranavananda believed firmly in the power of the youth.”
He further underlined the role played by Mahatma Gandhi in promoting cleanliness. PM Modi said, “This year we also mark 100 years of the Champaran Satyagraha. Along with Satyagraha, Mahatma Gandhi emphasised on Swachhata. So, let us work towards a Clean India and a Clean Northeast.”
PM Modi also spoke about how he is looking to promote development in the region. he said, “In the last three years, the development of the Northeast has become a priority. Focus is on connectivity and infrastructure. We are also improving the electricity situation in the Northeast and trying to bring even more tourists to the Northeast.”