BDO faces relief misappropriation slur, transfered

Bhubaneswar: Orissa government today transferred the block development officer (BDO) of Tihidi in Bhadrak district after he was accused of misappropriating cattle feed supplied as relief material for the flood hit areas, official sources said. "Chief minister Naveen Patnaik issued instruction in this regard and asked the BDO to report to panchayati raj department in the state secretariat," an officer at the chief minister`s office said here.

An officer in the rank of joint secretary would probe into the allegations made against the BDO, he said. Gayadhar Mallick, the BDO posted at Tihidi was yesterday caught by the local people while he was transporting cattle feed in a private vehicle out of his jurisdiction. It was seized and Mallick and his peon were examined by the police after receiving the complaint. Mallick, an Orissa Administrative Service (OAS) cadre officer, however, denied the allegation and said he was taking the cattle feed to nearby Orali village for distribution basing on the demand made by Tihidi block chairman Kamalakanta Bhoi.

The BDO had also lodged a complaint against a local youth accusing him of obstructing him from performing official duty.