By Dilip Kumar Sripada On April 28th, 2021

A post is being shared on social media claiming that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has recently built India’s second-largest COVID-19 care centre in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. This post claims that RSS has built a 6000-bed capacity Covid care center and four oxygen plants in 45 acres of land in the Indore. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

Claim: RSS has built India’s second-largest Covid care centre in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Fact: Madhya Pradesh Government built the state’s largest Covid care centre at Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB) ground in Indore. RSSB is a non-profit organisation with no affiliation to any political or commercial organisations. RSS workers are indeed volunteering at this centre. A lot of Industrialists and businessmen from Indore have donated money and instruments for this centre. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

On searching for the details of the claim made in the post, it is found out that Madhya Pradesh Government has recently launched the state’s largest COVID-19 care centre in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. This Covid care centre in Indore named ‘Maa Ahilya COVID Care Centre’. Madhya Pradesh Government constructed this Covid care centre at Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB) ground in Indore. In the wake of a massive surge in COVID-19 cases, Indore district officials decided to build this Covid quarantine centre at RSSB. According to the ‘NDTV’ news report, this Covid care centre is facilitated with 600 beds in the initial phase and has plans to raise the capacity to 6000 beds. There are 47 concentrator machines provided in this facility.

Radha Soami Satsang Beas’ (RSSB) is a Punjab-based spiritual organisation. RSSB is a non-profit organisation with no affiliation to any political or commercial organisation. More information related to the RSSB organisation can be found in this video published by RSSB on their official YouTube channel.

According to the article published by ‘Lokmat’, RSS workers are volunteering at ‘Maa Ahilya COVID Care centre’ in Indore. The ‘India TV’ news article reported that many industrialists and businessmen from Indore donated money for the construction of this Covid care centre.

In the wake of a massive surge in COVID-19 cases, RSS and its affiliates have proposed the Madhya Pradesh Government convert the educational institutions run by the RSS and its affiliates into quarantine centres. According to an article published by ‘The Times of India’, these quarantine centres take care of mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. But, ‘Maa Ahilya COVID Care Centre’ in Indore is not part of this list.

To sum it up, the ‘Maa Ahilya COVID Care Centre’ in Madhya Pradesh was not built by RSS.

Originally published at Factly