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Vigilance launches special drive to abolish PC culture

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Bhubaneswar: Days after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s call to abolish PC (percentage commission) culture in government offices, the vigilance directorate Saturday dedicated a toll-free number to receive complaints.

The State Vigilance has registered six criminal cases, initiated 31 inquiries and 24 verification and conducted 12 surprise raids during a special drive against corruption and irregularities in allocation of funds for construction of houses under Government schemes.

Cases have been registered against PEO Biswanath Dhal, GPTA Bikram Keshari Samal, ex-progressive assistant Biranchi Prasad Nanda, ex-junior engineer Manoranjan Marandi and former GPTA of Bhuban block Balia Hembrem. They have been charged with misappropriation of Rs 4.22 lakh fund under Prime Minister Awas Yojana, a Vigilance release stated.

Similarly, Balasore division has registered a case against ex-PEO Ramesh Chandra Sahu, PEO Muralidhar Sen and several beneficiaries of Nua village for misappropriating Government money amounting to Rs 1.79 lakh. Sen has been booked in another case of misappropriation of Rs 7.15 lakh.

Koraput Division has also registered two cases and booked two persons for misappropriating funds to the tune of Rs 5.33 lakh.

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