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RSS says ban on its members joining government service is "unjust and undemocratic"
On Friday the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said that the ban on its members joining government service is "unjust and undemocratic", but it does not affect them as they do not survive on the support of the state and work for the people by staying among them.

RSS also said that the ban which was imposed by the past Congress government was done with a "vindictive mindset to stall its work".

Manmohan Vaidya, the head of the communications department of the Sangh said, "Banning RSS members to join government service in unjust and undemocratic. Such bans hardly affect RSS work and morale of Swayamsevaks."

He told PTI, "This (the ban) was imposed with a vindictive mindset with view to stall the growth of RSS. But it could not be done as RSS does not work through the support of the state and instead works for the people being amidst them."

"RSS does not work through state power or with the support of it. RSS works among the people, with the people and for the people," he further added.

Mr Vaidya also pointed out; that banning government employees from participating in RSS organized events had already been proved "unconstitutional" by the courts in numerous cases.

Mr Vaidya's remarks have come amid talks that the current government might withdraw the five decade old order barring RSS workers from joining government services.

In this connection, Minister of State for Personnel and PMO, Jitendra Singh has said, "The Central government has not issued any such order recently. If any old order exists, we will review it in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs."

This order had been issued in 1966 by the Union Home Ministry, making it mandatory for all government job seekers to provide a declaration that he/she is not a member of either RSS or Jamaat-e-Islami. As per the order, no one with such a membership was eligible for a Central government job.

The Office memorandums were re-issued in this regard in 1975 and in 1980 and circulated through all ministries and departments of the Central government.

However, this order was not being followed strictly, and only came to light recently when new recruits were asked to fill declaration forms on their RSS/JeI membership in Goa.

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