Anti-Corruption Overdrive: Odisha CM Dismisses 6, Stops Pension of 4

Bhubaneswar: Keeping in line with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s zero tolerance policy towards corruption, the Odisha government today dismissed six officials and stopped pension benefits to four former officials.

These officials have been convicted by the Vigilance Court on charges of corruption.

The dismissed employees are: Sanjit Kumar Ray junior clerk of the Commercial Tax department working at the Kuanrmunda tahsil in the office of the Collector Sundargarh. He had earlier served at the RTO, Rourkela as a junior clerk. Baikuntha Bihari Pradhan, former Assistant Engineer, ITDA, Baripada, who is an employee of Water Resources department, is presently serving at ITDA, Jeypore in Koraput district. Dr Bhagirathi Biswal, veterinarian, an employee of Fisheries and Animal Resources Development department and was serving at Naktideul in Sambalpur district. Basant Kumar Patra, serving as junior engineer in the Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water department at Kamakshyanagar in  Dhenkanal district. Trilochan Seth, Panchayat Executive Officer of Kutra block and Astam Chandra Patel, Panchayat Executive Officer of Bonaigarh block both under the office of the Collector Sundargarh, said a press note issued by the Chief Minister’s Office.

Similarly, former employees whose pensions have been stopped are: Retired Executive Engineer of Water Resources department Goutam Chandra Prusty, former General Manager of OCC Bikram Keshari Patnaik, former Establishment Officer in the office of the Drainage Chief Engineer, Cuttack Rabindra Kumar Jena and Rabinarayan Mohanty, former junior engineer ITDA, Baripada, the press note added.  

Notably, the Chief Minister had dismissed 15 officials and stopped pension benefits of two former employees on 17th of this month. As of now in this month 21 officials have been dismissed from their service while pension benefits to six officials have been stopped.