BHUBANESWAR: The Biju Yuva Vahini (BYV) launched beneath Biju Yuva Shashaktikaran Yojana by the State authorities in 2018, earlier than the final common elections, has been discontinued.Minister of State for Sports activities and Youth Affairs Tusharkanti Behera knowledgeable this whereas replying to an unstarred query from Bhawani Shankar Bhoi (BJP) within the Meeting on Friday. “BYV is not functioning within the State and no budgetary allocation has been made for it in 2021-22 monetary 12 months,” he mentioned.The Minister mentioned at current, no welfare actions are being taken up by the BYV as no allocation has been made within the finances. “There is no such thing as a room for any expenditure,” he mentioned.
Considered one of many largest youth engagement programmes in India and the one of its type, BYV was launched as a sub-scheme, which was launched by the division after the Cupboard’s approval on March 14, 2018. The BYV was launched to encourage volunteerism and lively participation of the youth in numerous social motion initiatives and neighborhood engagement actions. Official sources additionally confirmed that the federal government has not made any budgetary allocation for the BYV for the final two years. The allocation couldn’t be made for the BYV in 2020-21 because the funds of the State had been severely affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The state of affairs has additionally not undergone a lot change in 2021-22 monetary 12 months.
The Minister, nevertheless, clarified to this paper that the BYV won’t be closed by the federal government. A proposal to switch the BYV to Panchayatiraj division in rural areas and City Improvement division in city areas is beneath the consideration of the federal government, he mentioned and added that solely programmes undertaken by it have been stopped.
The federal government, nevertheless, drew flak from the BJP and Congress following the Minister’s assertion. Funding for BYV has been stopped because the organisation has already carried out its work, chief of the Opposition Pradipta Kumar Naik mentioned and demanded that the federal government ought to make clear on the aim behind its formation.President of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Niranjan Patnaik mentioned there appears to be no want of BYV as there isn’t a election now.