SURKHET, Nov 1: Since his childhood days, he wanted to become a policeman and dreamed of serving his country and the people. Despite his several efforts, he could not fulfill his dream. However, he has achieved a part of his dream by serving the country temporarily during the elections.
Pushkarnath Yogi of Birendranagar-5, Chisapani has been providing security as a temporary police in every election since 1990.
“I could not fulfill my childhood dream. But, since a few decades, I have played a role in making every election a success,” Yogi said. During the election of 1990, he was enrolled as a temporary police for the first time. At that time he was 24 years old and now he is 52.
Yogi, who is also a former national volleyball player, put all of his efforts to get enrolled in the police force but his fate never favored him.
“I passed all the tests but I couldn't get beyond the interview for five times,” he shared.
In the upcoming parliamentary and provincial elections, he has been selected as a temporary police for the seventh time. Due to the age barrier, this is probably the last time he will be taking up this job. Though he has been a part of several elections, he says the recent local election was his best experience. “Maybe because it was conducted after a hiatus of twenty years, there was a different charm and enthusiasm for the polls,” he said.
In the beginning, he felt this job was more about gaining new experience and living his dream just for a while but later it became a routine job for him.
“Within two months of time, we earn about Rs 40,000-50,000 which is a good income and is not possible in other jobs,” he added.
In recent days, he has realized that this job has become more difficult for him owing to his growing age. “Due to unemployment, a large number of youths apply for the job of temporary police and it's really challenging for me to compete with them,” he laments.
DSP Mohan Kumar Acharya, chief of District Police Office, Surkhet informed that Yogi was selected directly for the upcoming elections due to his commendable contribution in the previous elections.
“He wouldn't have been able to make it this time due to age bar so we selected him directly without any competition,” said DSP Acharya.
As many as 1,264 temporary police have been selected from Surkhet for the upcoming elections.