Bhubaneswar, March 12, (LocalWire): Encouraged by the success of Student Traffic Volunteer Scheme, the police department has decided to rope in 200 more students to help manage traffic in the state capital, an official said on Tuesday.
Currently, 178 students are already working as volunteers of the traffic department.
To join as volunteers, students have to be 18 years of age and will need to submit a consent letter from their respective institutes by Friday. Before deployment, they receive training about rules and signs.
The scheme was first launched in 2017 to overcome the traffic staff shortage in Bhubaneswar. It was gradually extended to other cities like Rourkela, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Balasore.
The volunteers work from 9 am to 12 pm and from 5pm to 8 pm. They are paid Rs.100 for three hours of service. Volunteers are deployed at major traffic intersections like Rasulgarh, Rupali Square and Jaydev Vihar Square in Bhubaneswar to help the traffic personnel.
In May 2017, two student volunteers were felicitated by the police in Cuttack for handing over Rs.1 lakh in cash which they found lying on a road. Volunteers Sujata Panda and Rashmita Behera had found the cash in the city’s Madhupatna Square.
“The volunteers have been performing well by assisting our men to manage the traffic. They have also been helpful in inculcating respect for traffic norms among the youth, especially college going students,” said deputy commissioner of police Anup Kumar Sahoo.