A state wide de-addiction campaign was taken up by Biju Yuva Vahini (BYV) under the initiative ‘Swasth Panchayat’ from addictive substance abuse on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd of October, 2018.
The objectives of the campaign was to spread awareness regarding the ill effects of any form of addiction amongst the youth and create an awareness on the availability of rehabilitation and counselling centres in their local areas. It will be a sustained effort of BYV to link the addicted people to rehabilitation and counselling centres and promoting a healthy lifestyle. The campaign was done in convergence with the Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Person’s with Disability (SSEPD). Regular exposure visits to rehabilitation and training programs will be facilitated by BYV volunteers with support from the experts of SSEPD.
To mark the occasion, around 1, 50,000 BYV volunteers took a pledge “nisha ku na” followed by a rally with plaque cards, banners and leaflets to spread the message. An estimated 5602 campaigns were held across all the districts of Odisha. A YouTube promotional was also released over the social media befitting the adage “nisha ku na”
Mega Blood Donation Camps
On the eve of Netaji’s birthday on 23rd of January 2019, the Biju Yuva Vahini members observed the day by conducting voluntary blood donation camps all across the state of Odisha. The camps held with the theme ‘Donate blood for a healthy Odisha’ helped collecting more than 2600 units of the vital life saving fluid by the end of the day as reports came in. Inspired by the famous slogan of Netaji- ‘Give me blood I will give you freedom’ mega blood donation camps were organized in all the districts across the state. It is to be mentioned that a large number of Biju Yuva Vahini members made voluntary blood donations. More than 2000 BYV members donated blood in 41 mega blood donation camps organized in the state. Sambalpur and Ganjam managed to collect more than 350 units of blood each, while districts like Nayagarh, Jajpur, Raigarda, Angul and Sundargarh have collected over 150 units each at camps held in these districts. Social action such as this by the youth brigade of Biju Yuva Vahini is lauded by the administration and the common mass. An Audio visual clip of one minute was also made which was displayed at the Yuva Samabesh (Youth Conclave) for public viewing.
Tree Plantation Drive
The importance of tree plantation has been stressed upon time and again. The need for tree plantation has become even greater these days because of growing pollution in the environment. The existing deforestation activities have further supplemented to air pollution threatening our survival. Keeping this in view, the State Youth Welfare Board as a part of the BYV initiative organized a state wide plantation drive. The event was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik at the Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneshwar on July 27th, 2018 who commenced the drive by planting a sapling at the stadium premises. The plantation drive involved more than 2.5 lakh BYV volunteers across all the 30 districts of Odisha planting more than 13 lakhs saplings in the state by the end of August 2018. The state wide drive continued during the monsoon season as well. The drive was undertaken by the volunteers in convergence with the schemes and support from Forest & Environment Department, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department, Water Resources Department etc. BYV volunteers went far and beyond covering all the Panchayats in the state. The districts of Ganjam, Gajapati and Malkangiri were the top contributors in the plantation drive with Ganjam planting more than 1.4 Lakh saplings alone. The initiative had another objective in view. It was “Green Hockey World Cup” which was one of the central themes of the plantation drive. The Biju Yuva Vahini plantation drive planted around 30 lakhs of saplings with an objective to set off carbon footprints which was supposed to be generated during the preparation of the execution of the Mens Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneshwar. The initiative undertaken by BYV received support from hockey players and fans who had joined hands with the BYV members striving for a Green Odisha.
Open Defecation Free Campaign (ODF) & Sanitation Campaign
Odisha is on the path of becoming an ODF state soon and BYV volunteers are proactively working towards bridging the gap between the state and the people. The BYV volunteers and the units are putting on sustaining efforts in increasing the outreach and awareness of ODF in Panchayats and ULBs. The BYV members have been making door to door visits explaining the importance of use of sanitary latrines. Further, through demonstrations at the individual and community level, has proved instrumental in bringing about behavioral change in the community. The BYV’s workers are trained to work in convergence with the local representatives and Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of Odisha. BYV volunteers engage members of society to spread the message of imbibing hygiene practices in their homes and societies. Working towards cleanliness and proper waste disposal to avoid health hazards, BYV volunteers are working to enable people to live in a healthy and clean environment by tackling issues like students defecating in the open due to locked / dirty toilets, lack of pure drinking water, hand washing habits before eating and after toilet and addressing the absence of waste disposal mechanisms, etc. A number of road cleanliness and repairing drives has been initiated by BYV members in the state under the vertical-SHRAMDAAN, a regular monthly activity. Nature camps in association with the forest department and cleanliness/revival of water bodies are also amongst the gamut of activities that the BYVs regularly undertake.