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Odisha: AYUSH Director Terms Woman Staff’s Allegation False, Fabricated

Bhubaneswar: Director, Directorate of AYUSH, under the Health & Family Welfare of the Odisha Government Bibhu Prasad Sarangi has raised serious objection to the complaint lodged against him by a woman employee of his office (State Programme Management Unit, National AYUSH Mission, Odisha).

Sarangi has lodged a counter FIR (a copy of the same is in possession of Ommcom News) with the Inspector In-Charge of Mahila Police Station, Bhubaneswar on Monday in this connection.

The Director, AYUSH Mission has termed the woman employee’s allegation as false and fabricated and has alleged that based on the allegation false news has been floated in television channels.

He has clarified that no message or video has been sent from his mobile number to anybody while requesting the IIC Mahila Police Station to verify the mobile number and video message etc. before making the same public.

He has further requested for referring the voice call etc. to the forensic laboratory before relying on the complainant.

Also Read: Odisha: Woman Employee Levels Sexual Harassment Charges Against AYUSH Director

The Director, AYUSH has clarified in the FIR that few days back, it was detected that the employee engaged in the State Programme Management Unit, National AYUSH Mission, Odisha have been appointed irregularly in contravention of the guidelines of National AYUSH Mission and the terms and conditions enshrined in the advertisement.

He has stated that the entire episode relating to irregular appointment was detected due to non-production of original certificates and relevant documents by Susant Ku Das, Programme Manager. He suspects that Das (who happens to be a very close friend of the complainant) has submitted forged documents and has managed to get the job during his predecessor’s tenure flouting all norms and guidelines.

Sarangi has claimed that a show cause notice was issued to Das on July 2 and the service provider M/s XEAM Ventures Pvt Ltd, Punjab who has engaged these employees in the State Programme Management Unit.
He has informed in the FIR that it has been decided to intimate the SP Vigilance, Bhubaneswar over the gross irregularities and the anomalies in the appointment process and illegal payment of salary to those employees.

Sarangi has further stated that performance of these staff of the State Programme Management Unit is far from being satisfactory and as per the recent guidelines, they are not entitled for further renewal of their agreement.

“Being aggrieved, the State Programme Management Unit, particularly the complainant and Susant Ku. Das, programme Manager (who happens to be a very close friend of the complainant) have hatched a plot to avenge their probable disengagement,” Sarangi has alleged in the FIR.

Worth mentioning, an outsourced woman employee working as an Accounts Manager in the AYUSH Directorate had levelled charges of sexual harassment, mental torture against Sarangi in a complaint at the Mahila Police Station here on Monday.

The woman employee had alleged of Sarangi sending obscene messages and explicit sex videos to her on the messaging platform WhatsApp. She had further alleged that the AYUSH Director had made indecent overtures to her verbally over the telephone. She had claimed to have the recording of it.

The woman had also alleged that when she had confronted Sarangi, he had threatened to fire her from her job.
Ommcom News tried to get the woman employee’s reaction on the counter allegation against her but she was not available for comments.

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