Bhubaneswar, Mar 12: It seems the state government’s youth engagement programme Biju Yuva Vahini has ceased to function as no provision was made for the same in the current year’s budget.
The Odisha Youth Sports and Youth Services Minister Tusharkanti Behera in the Assembly said that the BYV is no more functional. It is not undertaking any work this year as no budget was allotted for the youth outfit in 2020-21 fiscal.
Regarded as one of the largest youth engagement programs in India and the only of its kind, the BYV had started its journey as a sub-scheme, which was introduced by the Department of Sports and Youth Services with the Cabinet’s approval on 14th March 2018.
It was aimed at channelizing the energy of the youth of Odisha towards a nation building by inspiring volunteerism and active participation of the youth in various social action projects and community engagement activities thereby encouraging and enhancing comradeship, said the BYV website.