Bhubaneswar: Even because the Odisha authorities inaugurated the delivery of Biju Yuva Vahini in a grand approach simply 3-years in the past, the home-truth to the fore now’s the pet little one of the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD authorities has develop into the sufferer of U-5 little one mortality within the State lately.
The Youth and Sports activities Companies Minister Tusharkanti Behera replying to a query within the State Meeting lately disclosed that grants for the Biju Yuva Vahini (BYV) sub-scheme have been discontinued from the monetary yr of 2021-22.
Whereas the Minister attributed the termination of the scheme to fund constraints as a consequence of coronavirus pandemic, the moot level right here is: has the federal government’s pet scheme BYV outlived its utility?
As a result of, as per price range watchers, in case of fund constraints for a profitable scheme, the scale of allocation could stand curtailed however the scheme would by no means get rescinded.
Did the much-vaunted BYV show a legal responsibility for the Odisha authorities?
IS BYV A FAILURE?
The Biju Yuva Vahini (BYV) has been launched because the sub-scheme beneath the scheme Biju Yuva Sashaktikaran Yojana in 2017. The sub-scheme was a actuality within the first quarter of 2018.
Although launched with a lot fanfare and assets to help, the BYV met with a lukewarm response. The embarrassed State authorities needed to lengthen the enrolment timeline many instances.
Even, the State Youth Welfare Board (SYWB) in October 2018 despatched a letter to the collectors directing them to maintain the web registration of BYV open until the goal of 4 lakh enrolment was met.
Considerably, the registration of BYV volunteers began in November 2017 and the timeline had then been prolonged as many as 4-times until February 2018. However the goal couldn’t be mobilised even by October 2018.
Furthermore, the identical letter had talked about that the response of feminine youths to the BYV had been very poor.
The letter stated, “As of now, the full registered volunteers totalled 2.598 lakh however ladies volunteers stood at a mere 35,017. Subsequently, it requested the Collectors to launch an unique registration facility for feminine volunteers because the goal had been to provide 33 per cent illustration to ladies within the BYV.”
THE NUMBER CHALLENGE
In October 2018, the variety of registered volunteers in BYV stood at 2.598 lakh. The rely in 2020 stood at 2.64 lakh. Regardless of the remaining 3-years in pressure, together with the pumping of fund into the scheme to the tune of a whopping Rs 450 crore, the State authorities couldn’t meet the quantity problem of 4-lakh.
This clearly exhibits how the much-touted BYV had little resonance among the many youth populace within the State, when the target of the Odisha authorities had then been to enlist the help of as many youths because it may to surmount the 2019 Modi problem (elections held within the yr 2019).
IS BYV A VALUE FOR MONEY SCHEME?
Within the inception yr (2018-19), the State authorities allotted an enormous Rs 192 crore. Submit the 2019 normal election, the fund allocation was slashed to Rs 129 crore and within the yr 2020-21, the quantity provisioned totalled Rs 109 crore. Through the three-years of existence, the sub-scheme noticed a complete allocation of Rs 450 crore.
In distinction, the income disbursement for the Sports activities and Youth Growth for the yr 2018-19 stood at Rs 246 crore. Within the yr 2019-20, the income disbursements for the division stood slashed to Rs 194 crore. The income disbursements additional reduce right down to Rs 172 crore in 2020-21.
Within the first part of the launch, the State Youth Welfare Board launched Rs 30,000 per BYV, whereby Rs 15,000 was earmarked for social actions and one other Rs 15,000 for organising sports activities actions on the gram panchayat or city native physique ranges.
As per knowledge obtainable with the State Youth Welfare Division, for organising sports activities actions a sum of Rs 11 crore had been spent.
As per RTI activist Pradip Pradhan, the Youth and Sports activities Division didn’t present any knowledge displaying any asset creation – social or bodily – beneath BYV.
“The Division didn’t present district-wise expenditure beneath the scheme. Although over Rs 1crore was spent on Singapore tour, it refuses to offer the handle of the volunteers who had been a part of the tour.”
Whereas the BYV end result is but to be documented, the massive howler for the State authorities had been handled by a report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Sources Division (HRD) final yr.
The report stated, “Solely 27.11 per cent of presidency colleges in Odisha have playgrounds.”
In distinction, the BYV took a lion share of the fund allocation for amplifying sports activities actions which by no means discovered floor.