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Sharmili Mallick

Cracking the whip on the corrupt and incompetent officials, the Odisha government ordered compulsory retirement of eight more officers, including three belonging to the Odisha Administrative Services (OAS), on Friday. The State has so far taken action against 130 babus over graft charges and inefficiency.

Ramachandra Jena, former tehsildar and sub-registrar in-charge of Nimapara, who was arrested last week by the Vigilance in a DA case and had three corruption charges against him, has been handed out compulsory retirement while OAS Gaurang Charan Mohanty, the former Deputy Collector of Jagatsinghpur, who has been charged with seven cases of corruption, was also asked to retire over similar charges, as per a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).

Another OAS officer, Alphonse Bilung who was posted as the tehsildar of Lathikata in Sundargarh district, later at Ambabhona in Bargarh district, and has three allegations of corruption against him, has also been handed out the retirement slip. He has harmed the government by granting undue favours in terms of land conversion and revenue collection, read the CMO statement.

Bidhan Chandra Sahu, a former superintendent engineer of Baitarani Division of Kendujhar Irrigation Department, has been given compulsory retirement over corruption charges against him. In October 2021, the officials of anti-corruption department have recovered unaccounted Rs 10 lakh cash from his possession.

Similarly, Meena Patra, Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) at Vishwanathpur under Lanjigarh block in Kalahandi and Puspanchali Rath, the CDPO of ICDS at Thuamul Rampur block in Kalahandi district have been given compulsory retirement over corruption charges against them. Ajjit Kumar Mohapatra, former Deputy Excise Superintendent in Deogarh who is facing a graft charge has also been asked to proceed on compulsory retirement, read the statement.

A cashier at Tihidi block of Bhadrak district, Prabhakar, who has been arrested in two bribery cases, has also been given compulsory retirement from the State government, added the CMO release.

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