Bhubaneswar: The State government is committed to bringing transparency in recruitment process, stated Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha.
Replying to an adjournment motion moved by the Congress on large scale corruption in the Odisha Staff Selection Commission (OSSC) in the State Assembly, Arukha told the House that the government is always on the alert to ensure that there is no scope for corruption in governance.
He informed that whenever there is an allegation of corruption against any government employee, the said employee is terminated from government service without delay.
Action is taken against all categories of corrupt employees without any partiality, he added.
The Parliamentary Affairs Minister informed the House that generally all confidential examination work is done by OAS officers.
Arukha said that the accused former private secretary of the Member of the Commission had no role in the examination work nor was he engaged by the Commission in any examination work.
The Minister stated that the former private secretary of the Member of the Commission has been arrested.
The government on being informed about the development has taken exemplary step by awarding the concerned employee with compulsory retirement, the Vigilance Directorate has registered a criminal case against him and is investigating the matter, he added.
Arukha informed that from 2014 till date out of the cases filed by the Vigilance Directorate in 432 cases prosecution under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 has been sanctioned.
The Minister stated that based on the principle of zero tolerance towards corruption, the government has terminated the services of corrupt and inefficient employees by awarding them with compulsory retirement.
Arukha further informed that since 2020-21 to till date, 19 Group A, 30 Group B, 40 Group C and 18 Group D totalling 107 government employees have been handed over compulsory retirement.