Pradeep Pattanayak

Union Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday tore into the Biju Janata Dal (BJD)-led government over rising cases of corruption involving government employees in Odisha.  

Pradhan's comments came after OAS officer & Nabarangpur ADM, Prasanta Rout was arrested as Vigilance detected disproportionate assets worth over Rs 5 crore. 

While addressing a gathering at the Garib Kalyan Samavesh in Talcher, Pradhan said the corrupt persons are the protégés of the government here in Odisha. 

“Since January 2023 till now, Rs 100 crore has been recovered from corrupted officers. This seized money belongs to the poor tribal people of Odisha. The corrupt officers are siphoning off poor people’s money,” he said. 

“Today, a photo of the person who is establishing his clout by taking the CM’s name and by using Odisha people’s money has gone viral. That person is the mentor of Nabarangpur ADM. And, the third floor is involved in this. The leaders are involved in conspiring to obstruct the flow of the money released by PM Narendra Modi for the common man,” he added. 

The BJD hit back at the saffron party, terming the allegations as baseless. 

“There are no protégés of the government. Had the allegation been true, the raids wouldn’t have been carried out. Stringent action will be taken against the person who has been arrested by the Vigilance. The government doesn’t have any share in any ill-gotten money,” said Odisha Revenue Minister, Pramila Mallik.