Farm house of IAS, now horticulture farm

Berhampur: One more exemplary action against a retired IAS officer for amassing property disproportionate to known sources of income. First it was Sanjeev Ray whose ill-gotten house in the capital city was converted to a homeopathy hospital. Now it is the turn of retired IAS officer Ramesh Chandra Behera. Behera has lost his sprawling farm house located at Bhaliagarh near Berhampur has lost his house to the horticulture department.

The state vigilance department had conducted raids on several places to unearth undisclosed property of Ramesh Chandra Behera when he was the chairman of the Cuttack Development(CDA). Later the special vigilance court had confiscated his sprawling farm house spreading over 2.86 acre at Bhaliagarh near Berhampur. "The property was seized by the vigilance department as per the court directives,"said J N Hansda, superintendent of police,Vigilance,Berhampur.

The government later decided to hand over the farm house to the horticulture department under the agriculture ministry. Today, a sapling centre was inaugurated at the farm house. The government claimed that the sapling centre would benefit large number of horticulturists in the districts of Ganajam and Gajapati.