Report by Badal Tah; Rayagada: Fourth Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF), a para military wing of Govt of India, stationed at Rayagada has gone beyond its primary and usual role of keeping peace and tranquility in Maoist infested Rayagada by taking up slew of pro-people need based civic action programmes.
Recently, when around twenty tribal households of Kanipulisi village were gutted with fire, govt and private relief came in the form of food, groceries and clothes; but amidst chilled winter, the fire affected needed a roof, even if temporary. Though the CRPF, in principle, is ultra-strict in case of safety and security of the general public, it is equally flexible when it comes to planning vis-à-vis people’s need. Sri Y S Rajput, Commandant, 4th Battalion of CRPF swung into action after being appraised by Sri T Mishra, Inspector and PRO, CRPF about the severe fire accident. Under the leadership of Sri Rajput, CRPF j Sh. M.K. Sicon, Second-In-Command, Smt. Mitu Roy, Dy. Comdt and jawans distributed quality tin sheets and other building materials like polythene sheets, truss, wooden poles, etc in Kanipulisi even in the absence of a distribution plan for the said village. SP Sri Rahul P R graced the occasion. “We can not generalize the activities of this para-military force. In special situation, especially to meet the felt needs of the needy and poor, their action becomes special and noteworthy. They are strict when it is the issue of law and order. Their hearts really bleed for the disaster affected. Combating that kind of odds and rescuing the persons with destitution during Kalyan Singhpur flood and Hirakhand train accident have added to the score cards of this coveted force”, said Sri Ajay Rath, Coordinator of Rayagada Nagarika Mancha.
On the onslaught of the new year, the good Samaritan activities of 4th Battalion of CRPF has witnessed a slew of other civic action programmes like distribution of mosquito nets to prevent malaria and dengue in villages like D.Sikabadi, Chtikapanga, Nangalpai and Bheja under Mukundpur Gram Panchayat. It has distributed study materials like school bags, notebooks, compass boxes, etc to students of Girls SSD School at Hat Muniguda, Woolen Blankets to the villagers of Pujariguda, Devgiri New Sahi and Kumtimunda villages near K.Singhpur & framer tools like Kadahi (Iron), Gainty with handle and Phawra with handle etc to needy/poor villagers. A health camp in the far-flung villages like Asada, Dumbaguda, Kenduguda, Bhurkuda, Silimi, Badiguda, Janakipeta and Moulput under Gudari Block with distribution of free medicines to the poor and needy people is the need of the hour. During distribution, stake holders like school headmasters, other govt officials, PRI members local police officers have been taken into confidence to maintain utmost transparency. “They are extremely child-friendly and sensitive to old destitute by celebrating the new year with them in the local girls’ orphanage and old-age home with lot of gifts and love. A conducive relation is thus strengthened with the public. We are really proud of our force for their non-traditional role of being more human”, said nonagenarian Gandhian Sri Jayaram Jena.
Inspector General of CRPF Shri Kamal Kant Sharma Odisha Sector visited Rayagada CRPF Camp and reviewed the security measures in the Maoist affected areas with Shri Harjinder Singh (DIGP) CRPF Range Sambalpur (TAC HQR, Rayagada) and appreciated the efforts of 4th battalion. These civic action programmes have not only won the minds and hearts of local public but also paved a way for the local youth to get engaged in constructive activities rather than getting misled by fast denigrating ultra left extremism, opine the local gentries.