20 April 2019
Bhubaneswar: Arup Patnaik, the former tough cop, who earned himself the reputation of cracking down a number of critical cases, has now dedicated his life for the welfare of cancer patients and social service.
Patnaik, who retired in September 2015 after a 36-year-long career with the Maharashtra Police, started a non-profit called Konark Cancer Foundation, which hand-holds cancer patients at various levels of treatment.
It was during his stint as Mumbai police commissioner that he felt the need to do something for them. Patnaik had registered Konark in 2004 but his schedule hardly gave him any time to start the work. However, he still stole time from his schedule to serve them.
After retirement, Patnaik did not want to join any private sector job or even seek an extension in the government. For the former Mumbai Police Commissioner, politics only means a bigger platform to work with and for the people.
Apart from helping cancer patients through the Konark Foundation, Patnaik has focussed on sanitation in villages. Taking this intent forward, he built several toilets in his native village in Pipili. He has also guided skill development projects to empower youths of rural and semi-urban pockets of Odisha.
Patnaik has been fielded from the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat on a BJD ticket. For him politics is all about service and redressal of issues of the common men. Elections in Bhubaneswar will be held on Tuesday, April 23 and the results would decide whether this good Samaritan makes his way to the Lok Sabha or not.
Known for his integrity and fearlessness, Patnaik is the first and only Odia IPS officer to hold the post of Police Commissioner of Mumbai. Patnaik is currently the Chairman of Odisha's State Youth Welfare Board, the Biju Yuva Vahini and has been accorded the rank and status of Minister of State by the Odisha Government.
Above all the rank and file, there remains a soft side of this former top cop who is now willing to expand his dimensions of public service.