Report by Badal Tah; Rayagada: Come winter in Rayagada, CRPF springs into action. Be it distribution of winter clothes, sports materials and blankets to poor tribals or household articles for tribal women or holding a cricket match or conducting a skill development programme, CRPF- the world’s largest paramilitary force has been a pioneer to march ahead in initiating such civic action programmes with the objective of combating left wing extremism and bridging the gap between villagers and security personnel through wining their hearts & minds.
Recently it organized a Civic Action Programme in the Maoist effected Parichaguda village under Bissamcuttack Police station limits. Contextuallising “Khelo India”, sports items like badmintons, volley balls, etc were distributed to 55 teams at Parichaguda High School belonging to Bissam Cuttack, Chancharaguda and Jhigidi panchayats. A Free Medical Camp was organised in the remotely located Village area of M.K. Rai, under Gudari P.S limits covering patients of village M.K. Rai, Jalanidhi, Sargiguda, Samarlendi, Chandiliguda and Makaguda where free medicines were distributed to around four hundred patients. In the Maoist affected Entiliguda village under Dhamanipanga GP of Kalyansinghpur Police limits, it distributed scores of sarees and water storage tanks to more than five hundred needy villagers of 18 villages. Apart from charity, under Skill Development Programme a four week computer course was inaugurated by Shri Y.K. Rajput, Commandant-4th Bn CRPF at Bissam Cuttack block for twenty college students and unemployed youths of villages of Bissamcuttack, Kurli, Budubali, Kankubadi, Durgi, Chatikona, Dukum, Jhigidi, Murteli GPs.
To realise these civic action programmes, the 4th Battalion has sought collaboration of local police, medical personnel, PRI Members, media, intelligentia, educationists. Sri Rajput has always believed in action rather than boasting. He has taken these initiatives a step forward which his predecessors namely Commandant Sri Behera and Commandant Sri Sharma vigourously initiated their tenure. The civic action is complemented by its women face Smt Mitu Ray, Second-In-Command. More and more women, adolescent girl students are getting involved due to the presence of Ray. Under the leadership of Sri Rajput, team members who take the task forward are Sh. Sushil Kumar Thakur, Second-In-Command, Sh. Eswar Singh Asst. Comdt, Sh. Guru Charan Swain, Asst. Comdt, Sh. Ashok P.M., Dy.comdt, Sh. S.L. Meena, Asst. Comdt & Insp Ashok Kumar OC-C. Mr Rajput has assured the civilians to sustain such civic action programmes in future.
“CRPF in our villages have not only bridged the gap between tribals and the security personnel but also instilled a sense of confidence within us. They have maintained quality standards for the civic services they provided. Weaning away from the ultra-left forces will not be far away if these services continue with the right kind of sensitivity and attitude exhibited by Sri Rajput and his battalion”, said Sri Gopi Kandagari, a tribal leader from Sarabuguda village near Mukundapur under Kolnara block.