‘Yuva Shakti’ launched to assist elderly devotees during Puri Rath Yatra – Times of India

Bhubaneswar: Forward Rath Yatra, net policies A brigade of local volunteers named Yuva Shakti was formed on Thursday to assist the police in providing various public services to the devotees.
At least 50 youths from seven areas – Dolamandap Sahi, Kundheibenta Sahi, Kalikadevi Sahi, Balisahi, Goudabad Sahi, Harchandi Sahi and Markandeshwar Sahi – have been nominated in the Yuva Shakti team.
While they will be engaged to assist the Puri Police in various activities throughout the year, their first and immediate task is to provide assistance to elderly and differently-abled devotees during the nine-day Rath Yatra beginning June 20. Yuva Shakti volunteers help the elders to interact with the crowd and facilitate their darshan of the deities on the chariot. They will also be mobilized on the roads to control the crowd and regulate the traffic, connecting the Grand Road, where chariots will be pulled by devotees.
As Swayamsevaks are also well aware of Sevayats, they will help our personnel in free and unhindered movement of Sevayats during Devasana Purnima and Rath Yatra. “They will be deployed at strategic locations along with adequate police personnel. After launching the Yuva Shakti initiative, Superintendent of Police (Puri) Kanwar Vishal Singh said, “The involvement of the local community will enhance public service delivery in a professional manner.”
The volunteers will be properly trained and sensitized by the Puri Police on the aspects of discipline, good conduct and behaviour. Their specific duties will be decided after due sensitization. They have been provided with uniforms and identity cards.
“We have inducted them as Yuva Shakti volunteers after verifying their antecedents. Keeping in view their support in the upcoming Rath Yatra, we have chosen a motto for Yuva Shakti- Ama Sahi Ama Yatra Ama Seva ( Our colony, Ama festival and our service) SP said, we will take feedback from people and improve our public welfare services.
Singh said the Matri Shakti initiative, launched in September last year to curb the drug menace in Puri, has paid dividends. Many local women are volunteers of Matri Shakti and are working as informers against drug trafficking in their areas.