Debate rages over Taradutt

Bhubaneswar: A day after the wife of senior IAS officer Taradutt brought ‘moral turpitude’ allegations against him, the civil society has given a mixed reaction over whether his personal and professional life should be mingled.

The 1983-batch IAS officer, then Revenue secretary, was successful in scripting the evacuation plans for the State during cyclone Phailin in 2013. Much before the natural calamity hit Odisha coast, the State government was able to evacuate more than 3 lakh people from the coastal regions.

The evacuation plan was appreciated even by the World Bank and had attributed it to Odisha’s years of disaster management preparedness.

Besides, the IAS officer is said to be able to handle the discretionary quota fiasco which had put the ruling BJD in a backfoot after it came to the fore that many influential persons, including BJD leaders, have benefitted from government schemes.

Reportedly without any bias, the task force headed by Taradutt named all the beneficiaries in the defaulters’ list, forcing the government to send notices to these people.

Reacting to the development on the front of the bureaucrat’s personal life, former DGP Bipin Bihari Mishra said, “It is a family issue and the couple should have resolved it among themselves. Besides, the media should not have hyped the issue in the way it did. She has full rights to bring the allegations, but if it is proved to be false, the matter would only turn worse.”

Similarly, senior journalist Ravi Dash said, “It is completely a family matter. The important thing is that his wife does not have any proof and she has only brought allegations. The matter should not be discussed at all, looking at the stature of such an able officer.”

Social activist Namrata Chaddha, however, said, “In this case, I am completely with the officer’s wife. The best part would have been that both the husband and wife would have sat together and solved the matter. Now, since the case has gone to the Women’s Commission, it should be properly looked into.”