Bhopal, Jul 10 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that serving the needy is the noblest religious duty a person can perform.

He was speaking yesterday after dedicating the website “Sewagatha”, launched by RSS’s social service wing “Sewa Prabhag”, for highlighting good works done by citizens.

“The biggest religion is serving the needy. Good works of assisting people should be highlighted. Information about them will encourage people. This will strengthen good values and pave way for a positive environment in the society,” Chouhan said here.

He also praised the RSS’ vision of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the whole world is one family).

“The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is a nationalist organisation with a generous heart. This organisation creates citizens who live for the society. Swayamsevaks (RSS volunteers) dedicate themselves totally towards the service of enlightening the society,” the chief minister said.

Lauding the services of organisations like ‘Matruchhaya’ and ‘Anand Dham’, which serve children and old- age people, he said that sense of self-reliance and harmony will result in spiritual joy.

Such works should be widely publicised as they help eliminate the sense of disappointment, he said, expressing the hope that the website will “energise and inspire people to do good work”.

RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi said the culture of service is instilled in Indian lifestyle. Here, service to human is considered equal to service to God.

He said needy persons must be served with a feeling of brotherhood after understanding their anguish and weaknesses.

“Service done with such feelings always bears good results.” Joshi said there are a large number of people who are victims of faulty social beliefs, unstable lifestyles, who live in far-flung areas and are deprived of their basic social rights.

He expressed the hope that the website will inspire people to come forward to serve the fellow-beings.

“Sewagatha” website editor Vijay Lakshmi described the objectives and nature of the website and collection of gathas (stories).

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.