Four Corrupt Officials Sacked By Odisha Government

Last month, Naveen Patnaik led Odisha government had issued a circular stating that employees seen to be lacking integrity will be forced to retire early in public interest. The circular also specified inefficiency due to physical or mental conditions as a ground for forced early retirement.

Abiding by their circular, this month, the government has forced four officials to take compulsory retirement in Bhubaneswar after corruption charges were established against them following a vigilance investigation.

The four officials forced to retire are:

• Former Regional Transport Officer of Dhenkanal, Basant Behera,
• Deputy Excise Commissioner Dilip Kumar Nag,
• Deputy Conservator of Forests Sarat Chandra Panda
• Assistant Civil Supply Officer Ashok Kumar Majhi.

Behera possessed “disproportionate” assets of Rs 3.61 crore, while Nag was found to be in possession of “excessive assets” of Rs 1.5 crore. Panda was found to have “disproportionate assets” worth Rs 4.5 crore and Majhi, additional food and civil supply officer, is still facing two cases of corruption including garnering assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. He is currently under suspension.

The retirement of all the officials was ordered under the Odisha Civil Service (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1962.

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