Balasore, November 7 (LocalWire): Life changed at this village under Raghunathpur GP of Basta block in 2008 after one of the young man, Anataryamee Barik, got a job in CRPF.
Motivated by Barik’s success in getting the coveted uniform job, other boys started to make efforts for jobs in defence and other forces, and the village now boasts of 14 soldiers who are serving in Army, Navy, Air Force, CRPF, BSF and OSAP.
This has opened a floodgate and has made the village unique in the sense that most of the youths here aspire to join uniform services.
Walk in early morning here and one can witness the self-motivated group doing physical exercises– running, jumping, climbing rope and training under the supervision of one of these 14 soldiers or other trainers in the Ambakudachi village school compound.
The village has around 570 families and while most of them depend on agriculture for their living, the youth are nurturing only one dream: secure uniform job to earn livelihood and also serve the motherland.
“After Anataryamee Barik got the job in central government, other boys were encouraged and since then one or two boys have been getting job in uniform services each year. The village is proud to have 14 serving soldiers,” a villager Jyotirmayee Panda said, adding that the training for the young mass began eight years ago.
“The serving villagers share their experiences with the youth and train them on how to remain fit and qualify the stringent physical fitness test mandatory for joining the forces,” he stated.
“Throughout the year, the local youths receive physical fitness training and guidance from these 14 serving personnel when they come on leave in rotation.
In their absence the civilian trainers conducts training, including running, frog jumping, pushups, skipping, front roll, swimming, rope climbing, and tiger jumping,” Panda said.
The training begins at around 4 am and continues for at least three hours.
Ajay Jena, another villager further said that the training not only helps the local youth secure jobs in one of the forces, but also helps improve their physical strength and stamina.
“Even if one does not get selected for any of the services, the training and exercise will help them in self-defence in the long run,” he stated, adding that over 50 young guys are currently undergoing training and preparing for the services.