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Basant Kumar Rath
Uttarsahi, Pipli, Puri district Odisha, India
|Other names||Book Baba|
|Alma mater||Jawaharlal Nehru University|
|Occupation||Indian Police Service|
|Office||Inspector General of Police|
Basant Rath (born in 1972) is an Inspector General of Police in Jammu and Kashmir Police. He is 2000-cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Since 2002, when Rath was newly appointed IPS officer in Mandi (Jammu and Kashmir)|Mandi, Poonch district, India|Poonch district, he started giving out books to students during his probation period. His initiative had grown larger and more organised in the ending of 2002.
Rath is also known as Book Baba. It is actually an initiative started by Rath. He uses social media to reach out to the aspirants of NEET and JEE exam. Rath has so far distributed several thousand books.
Rath was born in Uttarkashi village in Pipli, Puri district, Odisha. His father Hrushikesh was a village priest and farmer.
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