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Tag: Corruption

18 years on, challenges still remain for BJD government

Bhubaneswar: BJD government today completed four years of its fourth term, and party president & Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik highlighted the achievements of the Odisha government and his party during its 18-year rule. While Naveen credited his government’s success to the 3Ts (Transparency, Teamwork, Technology) ‘mantra’ and urged party workers and officials to work with […]

Villagers allege corruption in road construction in Gajapati

Paralakhemundi: Villagers of Kanchimala under Bastiguda Gram Panchayat in Gajpati district have alleged large-scale corruption in road construction works in their locality. A road connecting the Aradi Road and Kanchimala village was constructed under the supervision of block engineer K Nageswar in 2016-17 financial year. While Rs 3.45 lakh was sanctioned under the Mahatma Gandhi […]

Naveen Patnaik-led BJD govt immersed in corruption

Bhubaneswar: Launching a scathing attack on the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD Government, BJP on Sunday alleged that the State Government is embroiled in large-scale corruption. Speaking to Media, senior BJP leader Pratap Sarangi said, “The Naveen government immersed in corruption is ruling in Odisha for the last 20 years. But it is surprising that the people […]

Two officials of water irrigation department in Vigilance net

Bargarh: Vigilance sleuths today conducted raids at the office and residences of Assistant Engineer of Bhawanipatna Lift Irrigation Division, Rasananda Majhi and Assistant Engineer of Rengali Canal Sub-Division Ghanashyam Seth on charges of amassing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income. Acting on allegations against the two officials, the Vigilance team led by DSP […]

Legal Metrology official under Vigilance scanner

Rourkela: Vigilance sleuths today conducted simultaneous raids on the office and houses of Assistant Controller of Legal Metrology, Rourkela Bidyadhar Biswal on charges of amassing property disproportionate to his known sources of income. Acting on a complaint, a team of 25 officials of the anti-corruption wing including three DSPs conducted the raids at 5 places, […]

Massive corruption in input subsidy disbursal surfaces in Bolangir

Bolangir/Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government, on November 9, fixed modalities for distribution of agriculture input subsidy to ‘actual’ cultivators, including sharecroppers, who suffered crop loss due to pest attack. However, it seems that the farmers have been deprived of the benefits and become victim of a massive corruption which involves some government officials. According to sources, […]

Video of BEO demanding bribe goes viral

Nayagarh: A video showing Block Education Officer (BEO) of Khandapada block demanding bribe from a group of Gana Sikshaks has gone viral in Nayagarh district. Basing on the video evidence, teachers in the district have demanded action against him. In the video, the BEO identified as Suresh Kumar Dash is seen demanding bribe money from […]

Aadhaar not panacea for all ills, SC tells Centre

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday told the Centre that Aadhaar is not a panacea for all ills in the system like corruption, tax evasion, money laundering, leakage of subsidies and terrorism, and wondered how far it can cast the net of Aadhaar. Saying that “Aadhaar is not a catch for all frauds”, the […]

SC asks suspended BJD MP to seek bail from HC

Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday directed suspended BJD MP Ramchandra Hansda to approach the Orissa High Court (HC) for bail in connection with his links with scam-tainted chit fund company Nabadiganta Capital Services. Moreover, the apex court has asked the HC to conduct a hearing on the bail plea within four weeks, sources […]

RTI activist ostracised for raising voice against corruption

Puri: Raising voice against corruption often costs dear. In one such glaring example, one RTI activist was allegedly thrashed and ostracised after he tried to expose rampant corruption in Hantuka cooperative society under Chandanpur Tehsil of Puri district. As per reports, RTI activist Boby Jena had sought some important details by filing a RTI plea. […]

BJD MLA's kin holding job cards under MGNREGA

Jajpur: BJD MLA from Binjharpur Pramila Mallick has landed in controversy after her father and brothers were found holding job cards under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). According to reports, father of the legislator Paban Mallick, brothers Khirod Mallick and Keshab Mallick, all residents of Masada Panchayat in Binjharpur block of […]

Op-Ed: Of Fixers, Retainers And Indecent Proposals

A few months back, a friend from the university days called up. I was a trifle intrigued because he rarely bothers calling though we live and work in the same city. The friend, a senior executive in a leading corporate house with stakes in the lucrative mining sector in the state, started with small talk […]

Maneka Gandhi caught on camera while abusing officer in Hindi [WATCH]

Baheri: Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has been caught on camera while scolding and abusing an official facing corruption charges in Baheri city of Uttar Pradesh. According to an ANI report, Gandhi was on her tour to inspect the PDS (public distribution system) scheme in Baheri when some apprised her of […]

Dama Rout refutes statement of Dharmendra Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: Former Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout today refuted the claims of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who on Saturday had stated that the senior BJD leader had to pay a price for being vocal about the corruption that spreads till the third floor of the State Secretariat. “Dama Babu had said in Rayagada that the trail […]

Saudi to extradite nationals living abroad charged with corruption

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia plans to extradite its nationals living abroad and involved in corruption cases, the Sabq local online news reported on Thursday. Attorney General Shaikh Saud Al Mujab asserted that anti-corruption efforts would continue and suspects in corruption cases who fled the country would be brought back in cooperation with states they are living […]

Naveen govt encouraged ponzi scam in Odisha: Javadekar

Bhubaneswar: Taking a jibe at the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government in Odisha over the chit fund scam, senior BJP leader and Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the State government is embroiled in corruption and has encouraged ponzi firms in the state. Briefing mediapersons at the party state headquarters, Javadekar said around 50 MLAs […]

74% feel corruption is common in Government hospitals, reveals survey

New Delhi: Seventy-four per cent of respondents in a recent set of polls said that corruption related to procurement/supplies is a common phenomenon at government hospitals while just 2 per cent said that was not the case. Twenty-four per cent were not sure about this. Citizens’ engagement platform LocalCircle conducted the surveys in the wake […]

Nawaz Sharif
Sharif to return to Pakistan tomorrow: PML-N

Lahore: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif will return to Pakistan tomorrow to face corruption and money laundering cases against him in the accountability court. Sharif had gone to London to see his ailing wife who underwent three throat cancer surgeries. Sharif, 67, was disqualified by the Supreme Court on July 28 in the Panama Papers case. […]

Jurisdiction-free I-T assessment on the cards

New Delhi: To check corruption and harassment, the tax department will soon launch a pilot of “jurisdiction-free assessment” where a tax officer will not get to know identity of the assessee as allotment of cases will be done randomly by computers rather than on the basis of area. The success of the pilot, to be […]

Cooperation department introduces new guidelines to curb corruption

Bhubaneswar: The Cooperation department has introduced new guidelines to check prevailing corruption in the department due to alleged misuse of position by some senior level officials. The department has agreed on the lapses in supervision, monitoring and inspection of cooperative societies and non detection of financial irregularities. The Rs 4.35 crore loan fraud of Large […]

Indira Awaas Yojana: Vigilance detects irregularities, seizes many documents in Puri

Puri: Documents showing extensive irregularities in allotment of Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY) houses in Astaranga Block of Puri district, during the year 2000-2006, has been seized by Odisha Vigilance. The seized documents include 27 files of six villages in Patalada panchayat and 35 files of three villages in Kendrapati panchayat. While money for construction of […]

3 PEOs arrested over corruption charges in Balasore

Balasore: The Vigilance team arrested three Panchayat Executive Officers (PEO) of Balasore district on Thursday on charges of corruption. The three PEOs include a Gram Panchayat Technical Assistant (GPTA) of Antara panchayat under Simulia Block named Dilip Kumar Das, PEO Muralidhara Sen and PEO of Aruhabado panchayat under Bahanaga block, Mangala Singh. According to reports, […]

Kendrapara MGNREGS scam
Kendrapara MGNREGS scam: Five projects under scanner

Kendrapara: Rampant irregularities in projects under MGNREGS are surfacing frequently in Odisha with one more case of corruption being reported from Petapada panchayat under Aul block in the district. It is alleged that machines were used instead of enrolling job card holders for at least five project works in the block and bills towards the […]

Vigilance gears up to curb corruption at grassroots level

Cuttack: In a bid to stop corrupt practices at grassroots level especially in rural housing schemes, the Vigilance Directorate today issued a toll free number to receive complaints and also said public can inform the office via social sites, if any public servant demands bribe from them. While issuing the toll free no 1064 and […]

Arvind Kejriwal
Kejriwal vows probe into PWD corruption allegations

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday vowed to launch a probe into corruption allegations against the Public Works Department (PWD). Kejriwal remarks came after a report by online news portal “Janta Ka Reporter” where it was alleged that the PWD has cleared a bill related to maintenance of road and drain without […]