Shorts out, RSS gets going on brown full pants; Vidarbha orders 10k pieces
Nagpur: Having decided to root out its trademark Khaki shorts, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has started a serious exercise to ensure that lakhs of its volunteers across country have ‘new crisp brown full pants’ by Vijayadashami (Dussehra) this year.
The RSS in March this year decided to get out of its traditional Khaki shorts – the organisations’ uniform combined with white shirt with rolled sleeves – to get into brown full pants instead.
In all, there are about 6-7 lakh swayamsevaks of the RSS in the country by its own claim and new uniform would be required for each of them.
In view of the massive exercise involved, the RSS headquarters in Nagpur has written to all its 42 regional units (prants) to outline their plans about providing brown full pants to the swayamsevaks (volunteers) in respective regions. The units have been asked to give these details by July second week.
The regions have been asked whether they plan to make provisions at local level for the new uniform or they are to be procured in a centralized manner. If centralized procurement is to be done, the regions have been asked to detail the number of new uniform required.
Sources told that the Vidarbha regional unit has already placed orders for 10,000 pieces of trousers apart from several metres of cloth length from a manufacture unit in Bhilwada in Rajasthan. Anywhere 15-20,000 trousers would be required in Vidarbha, but many volunteers have expressed desire to get the trousers stitched personally after getting the clothes length.
The Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh (national publicity head) of the RSS Manmohan Vaidya told some media persons that any centralized order for the trousers have not yet been placed as the requirement at national level is still being assessed. He said that some manufacture unit in Mumbai, Surat (Gujarat) and Bhilwara were in consideration for the supply.
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