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Dismissal Of 15 Officers Is Step Towards Implementation Of Odisha CM's 5T Mantra


18 August 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


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Bhubaneswar: A day after Odisha Government dismissed 15 officers and cancelled pension of two retired employees on corruption charges, Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain said it is a step towards implementation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's 5T mantra.

Patnaik on the first day of assuming office as Chief Minister for the fifth term had introduced the 5T mantra- Teamwork, Transparency, Technology and Time leading to Transformation.

Swain said the step has been taken considering one of the factors of 5T, which is Transparency. The Government cannot serve poor people if corrupt officials are part of its machinery.

There is a need of course correction in the system to fulfill the poll promises made by the BJD, he added.

Senior journalist Dilip Bisoi said that through the action taken against the corrupt officials, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wants to give a message to the government officials to stay away from corrupt practices or face action even after retirement.

There are many IAS, IPS and other senior officers who are also involved in various cases under the purview of Odisha Vigilance. It is likely that the zero tolerance policy of the Chief Minister will be applicable on them in near future, he added.

Senior journalist Rabi Das said that Naveen Patnaik in his initial years as Chief Minister had asserted that he will not tolerate corruption. There is a need to revive the policy as the Centre has recently taken stringent action against many senior corrupt officers.

Presently, Odisha Government has taken against the Grade-III employees who have been proved guilty in several corruption cases registered by the State Vigilance, he added.

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Ranendra Pratap Swain, Minister, Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare

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Dilip Bisoi, Senior Journalist

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Rabi Das, Senior Journalist