CRPF conducts camps in Maoist-infested areas

Berhampur: In a bid to win the hearts of tribals the CRPF conducted a series of camps in Maoist-infested areas of Ganjam district as part of its civic action programme.

The programme is aimed at imparting vocational training to the youths from remote areas to make them self-employed, said commandant Jogendar Singh.

The 127 battalion of CRPF distributed 32 bicycles, solar lantern and sports kits to the students and youths of Badagada, about 100 km from here on Thursday.

They also conducted a health check-up camp and distributed medicines to elderly persons, CRPF sources said. In another such camp was held at Gajalabadi in the district on Wednesday, the sources said.

Earlier, CRPF had selected 16 tribal youths from remote villages in the district and adjoining Gajapati district to impart free-driving training.

The youths aged between 20 to 30 years, belonging to Sorada, Badagarh and Tarsingi areas of Ganjam and Mohana and Adava of Gajapati districts, are now undergoing one-month light motor vehicle driving training in a private training institute at Bhanjanagar.

After completion of their training, CRPF would also deposit necessary license fees to obtain driving licenses for them, the sources added.