Once told Tata that the RSS does not discriminate: Gadkari


PUNE Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday that he was once asked by industrialist Ratan Tata if the hospital named after late RSS founder KB Hedgewar would serve non-Hindus. to which the Minister responded by saying that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) does not discriminate on the basis of religion.

“A hospital named after the late RSS leader KB Hedgewar was being inaugurated in Aurangabad and I was a minister in the state government at the time. A senior RSS official expressed his wish for the hospital to be inaugurated by Ratan Tata and asked me to help him,” the minister said while sharing an anecdote from when he was a cabinet minister in Maharashtra in the Shiv Sena-BJP government in the middle of the month. 1990s.

He was speaking after the inauguration of a charity hospital on Sinhgad road in Pune.

“On arriving at the hospital, Tata asked if the hospital was for people from the Hindu community. I asked him ‘why do you think that’. He immediately replied, ‘because he belongs to the RSS’ .

“I told him that the hospital is for all communities, and there is no such thing (discrimination on the basis of religion) in the RSS,” the union minister said. He then explained several things to Tata and the latter “became very happy”, added Gadkari.

Regarding health facilities in rural areas of India, said Gadkari, the situation is improving.

“In our country, we do not have enough equipment available in the education and health sectors in rural areas. There are facilities in urban areas, but the situation in rural areas is not so good,” Gadkari said.

The situation in rural areas is as if a school building is available, there are no teachers. If the teachers are available, the school building is not there, he said. “If the two things (teachers and school building) are there, then the students are missing, and if the three things are there, then the education is not there,” he said.

Although this is the situation of schools in rural areas, it is improving, said the Minister of Road Transport and Highways.

“As far as clinics (health facilities) are concerned, the situation is also the same in rural areas and we all experienced this fact very well during Covid-19. There are 115 candidate districts (in the country) that are socially, economically and educationally backward and the situation there is very bad,” Gadkari said.

The hospital inaugurated by Gadkari was built on the premises of “Apla Ghar”, an orphanage run by social worker Vijay Phalanikar, and will help meet the needs of the surrounding tribal and backward communities.

“The situation in the area where the adivasis (tribals) live is very bad. I can understand the situation because I have also worked for 13 years in regions like Gadchiroli, Ettapalli, Sironcha, Aheri and Melghat and I run “ekal” schools in these regions. In these areas, educational and health facilities are not up to par,” the Lok Sabha member from Maharashtra said.

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