VHP”s Hindu Helpline launched in Bhubaneswar

via PTI published on April 19, 2011

Bhubaneswar: A country-wide round-the-clock helpline service was launched here today by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) offering assistance to people while on travel or otherwise.

The 24×7 “Hindu Helpline” (HHL) would respond and guide the callers facilitating required assistance to deal with medical emergencies, travel difficulties, discriminatory practises at governmental level in addition to providing religious services, firebrand VHP leader Pravin Togadia said.”The helpline has a network of about 25,000 volunteers who would be operating to assist any Hindu needing help while travelling in every nook and corner of the country,” the VHP international secretary general said adding that the helpline has already become operational.Stating that HHL volunteers and service providers would be available in all districts and pilgrim centres, Togadia said even a car mechanic would be made available for stranded people with a call to the helpline.

The helpline, perhaps the first of its kind on an all India level for travellers, has materialised after one and a half year of planning and compilation of database.”Even when there is no difficulty or problem, one feels nice and safe if someone reliable is there while on shopping or site seeing on a holiday,” Togadia said.HHL has also instituted Hindu Ratna Award for people and institutions doing notable work for Hindus in the fields of art and culture, architecture, protection of heritage, health, justice, business, trade, tribal and rural development, agriculture, labour welfare, children and women development and information technology, he said.
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BHUBANESWAR: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), today extended the Hindu Helpline service, offering assistance to people in distress to the majority community across the country, to the State.
 
 The helpline, first of its kind, will respond and guide callers facilitating requested assistance to deal with medical emergencies, travel difficulties, discriminatory practices at Government level in addition to providing religious services, said VHP international general secretary Pravin Bhai Togadia.
 
‘’We have a network of about 25,000 volunteers to assist Hindus in distress,’’ he said adding, even a car mechanic will be made available for a stranded family travelling in any part of the country at any point of time.
 
 People either on pilgrimage or medical treatment can avail of the services of helpline. Arranging doctors, transportation, board and lodging will be just a call away. People visiting religious places will be provided all assistance if they need and the volunteers will not charge for the service rendered, he promised.
 
 The 24X7 helpline materialised after one and a half years of planning and  compilation of a database covering 800 major centres, including 550 districts and 200 pilgrim centres in the country.
 
 To a question, the VHP leader said the call centres would not check the religious credentials of the caller. Assistance will be provided to all people, including the Muslims and the Christians on humanitarian ground.
 
 People in need of any assistance may call to Hindu Help Line (HHL) number  020-66803300 or 07588682181. Volunteers in concerned areas will be alerted  and care will be taken that necessary assistance reach the callers at the earliest, he said.
 Even people in need of legal assistance are free to call the Hindu Helpline. Any information about Hindu calendar or Hindu religion will also be made available through the helpline, he added.
 
http://expressbuzz.com/states/orissa/vhp-helpline-network-extended-to-state/266920.html

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