Man spent 22 years in Odisha Health department with fake degree

Cuttack: In a startling revelation, a man working in a government department for past 22 years has been found to have landed the job by producing fake certificates.

The shocking case has been reported from Cuttack Tangi PHC (Primary Healthcare Centre) where health supervisor, Ashok Mohanty, has also managed to get a promotion even though he doesn’t have any legitimate degrees.

While working as a sanitary inspector at CMC (Cuttack Municipal Corporation), he was accused of getting the job by showing fake certificates.

OTV had brought the issue to the notice of the higher officials; however, instead of taking any action against Mohanty, he was transferred to another department.

Brushing aside alleged inaction against the accused, CMC Health Officer, Ramesh Panigrahi said that since Mohanty was on deputation, he was transferred back to his parent department.

“He is not our staff but from another department. He had come here on deputation during dengue outbreak, so we don’t want to involve ourselves in litigation. We have relieved Mohanty and asked him to report to the CDMO,” said Panigrahi.

On the other hand, Cuttack CDMO Biswa Kalyan Patnaik said that without any written direction no investigation can be initiated against the officer.

“We don’t have any information regarding the matter. We are not going to start inquiry without any directions from the government,” said Patnaik.