Odisha Govt Orders Compulsory Retirement For Seven’Corrupt’ Officers


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has ordered compulsory retirement of seven state government officials today on corruption charges.

According to available information, the tainted officers are a Jail DIG, a commandant, a DSP, a deputy commandant, two mining officers, and a CDPO.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has always emphasized honesty and morality in ordinary life. It has always insisted on zero-tolerance against incompetent and dishonest officials and has always taken strict measures to eradicate corruption and incompetence from the administration.

According to reports, the retired officers are:

Gopbandhu Mallick, DIG,  Department of Jail.  Mallick was accused of abusing his position as the head of the prison ward selection committee and showing unreasonable sympathy in the selection process. His work in the prison department was unsatisfactory, and his integrity was beyond doubt.

Mrs. Snigdharani Mishra, while serving as CDPO of Nandapur, Koraput, has been charged with two vigilance cases. In 2017, a lawsuit was filed alleging non-revenue assets worth Rs 4 lakh, while in October 2020 he was caught taking a bribe of Rs 1.75 lakh from a member of a self-help group for the Chhattisgarh Bill. He is currently suspended.

Ekant Priya Nayak, Commandant of the Odisha Armed Police Service. He was charged with felony criminal mischief and assault with intent to defraud and was suspended. As an alcoholic and ineligible officer, he had many allegations against him.

Gautam Mallick was charged with two counts of felony criminal mischief for firing on a sculpture with a shotgun, according to Flathead County Sheriff’s Office officials.

Devendra Nath Behera is the Deputy Commandant of the Odisha Armed Police Service. A criminal case has been filed against him for alleged theft of wood from the forest. Similarly, departmental action has been initiated against him on the charges of smuggling timber using subordinates in government vehicles without permission.

There are five vigilance cases against Mr. Satyabrata Raut, a junior mining officer. His integrity is questionable. Three departmental actions have been taken against him on serious charges of negligence and misconduct.

Ramesh Chandra Panda, while three vigilance cases were filed against the junior mining officer, his integrity is also questionable. Three departmental actions have been taken against him on serious charges of negligence and misconduct. Now he is suspended.

This mandatory retirement order will be implemented immediately, sources said.

Notably, On December 30, the state government forced the resignation of four officials. The state government has forced 110 people to retire in a year. The Chief Minister has always attached importance to the development of transparency, accountability, and service attitude in the administration. So this is a wake-up call for employees who are corrupt and neglect to provide services to the people.

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