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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: After cracking whip on unruly government officials, the Odisha Supplies and Cooperative Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain on Thursday suspended 15 cooperative society secretaries and dismissed a data entry operator.

As per reports, the suspended secretaries belonged to Nuamura Primary Agricultural Credit Society (PACS), Dhama PACS, Charamala PACS, Sahaspur PACS, Samarbag PACS and Lakhanpur PACS under Sambalpur Central Cooperative Bank.

Similarly, several secretaries of PACS from Bolangir, Boudh and Keonjhar Central Cooperative Banks were also suspended by the department.

The lone data entry operator to face the axe belonged to Sadha PACS in Keonjhar district.

Speaking on the move, Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain said that the department has been trying to maintain complete transparency in paddy procurement under 'Mo Sarkar' programme and 5T initiative.

"We will not tolerate any kind of irregularities and dereliction of duty in procurement of paddy," Swain added.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

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