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Galvanising the youth: Arup Patnaik

Former Mumbai super cop Arup Patnaik who masterminded many an encounter and gave sleepless nights to the crooks and outlawed is revelling in his new incarnate- Chairman of the State Youth Welfare Board.

In status, Patnaik’s rank is equal to that of a minister of state. The board that he helms is tasked with Biju Yuva Vahini (BYV), a volunteer programme. Under its rubric, the Odisha government has lined up a massive spend of Rs 450 crore, appointing a posse of 8000 Yuva Vahinis across the state. Ever since he took over, Patnaik is wedded to the noble cause. He has discovered a common ground with the youths who are overwhelmed by Naveen Patnaik’s clean leadership and see in him a visionary who could open the flood gates of an economically thriving and culturally prosperous Odisha. So far, a staggering three lakh youths have been ushered into the ‘Yuva Vahini’.

At a recent conclave of the ‘Yuva Vahini’ in Cuttack, the chief minister exhorted the youths to be imbued with a sense of service which ought to be their motto and religion. “Seva (service) brings courage, discipline, encourage teamwork and planning. One needs commitment and hard work and there is no alternative to service. I wish may your service be your identity and the identity of the land of Odisha,” he added. Thousands of youths from Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Dhenkanal district took part in the conclave.

Prior to the CM’s address, BYV chief Arup Patnaik said around 2.7 lakh volunteers have been enrolled under the programme in the State so far. A delegation of BYV is scheduled to tour Singapore for an exposure visit, he informed.

If grapevine were to be believed, the BJD supremo is mighty pleased with the efforts of Arup Patnaik and is even actively considering fielding the latter from a prestigious Lok Sabha constituency.

Patnaik has had a glorious career abounding in daredevilry. During his stint as the Police Commissioner, Patnaik clamped down on various illegal establishments. The media had given Patnaik the title of “Bar Buster”. Patnaik’s juniors recalled how he made Bollywood actor and yesteryears’ “Tarzan”, Hemant Birje and a few others do sit-ups in a bar at Andheri. This was quickly followed by raids on several bars in western Mumbai, which were the favourite hangouts of members of the underworld. He is revered as one of the most dynamic and respected IPS officers of the Maharashtra cadre with 36 years of distinguished service.

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