Action against graft & indiscipline: 6 Govt officials given compulsory retirement in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Taking stringent action against corruption and professional misconduct, Odisha Government gave compulsory retirement to six tainted officials from their services with immediate effect.

Of six officials, four are engineers and two are currently posted in Excise Department of Odisha.

By the order of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the officials included, Ajit Kumar Debata (Deputy Executive Engineer, Rural Works Division, Keonjhar), Jitendra Kumar Dalai (Assistant Engineer, Quality Control Department of R&B division, Cuttack), Bijay Parida (Assistant Engineer, Rural Works Section-1, Karanjia, Mayurbhanj district), Ganeswar Sethi (Assistant Engineer, R&B Division-II, Bhubaneswar), Jayadeep Patnaik (Deputy Superintendent of Excise) and Rihaz Ahmed Beg (Excise Inspector, Sundargarh), were forced retirement for alleged corruptions and involvement in indiscipline activities.

As per release issued by the Government, Ajit Debata, who is serving as the Deputy Executive Engineer in Rural Works Division in Keonjhar, is accused of accumulating assets worth over Rs 1 crore disproportionate to his known sources of income. Also, two vigilance cases have been registered against him.

Two Assistant Engineers Jitendra Dalai and Bijay Parida were forced to retire from their services after graft charges were leveled against them. While two vigilance cases were lodged against Jitendra Dalai, the anti-corruption wing has filed three cases against Bijay Parida on charges of misusing government funds during repairing work.

Besides, 3 more officials were given compulsory retirement from their services on disciplinary ground in the State Government. While six departmental proceedings were made against Assistant Engineer Ganeswar Sethi on basis of allegations of misbehaviour and dereliction in duty, Deputy Superintendent of Excise Jayadeep Patnaik, who is also serving as the Branch Manager of Odisha State Beverages Corporation Limited, Sambalpur, has been removed from the service under Compulsory Retirement Scheme, on charges of professional misconduct, mismanagement of public properties and consumption of liquor during office hours.

Similarly, five departmental proceedings have been made against Excise Inspector Ahmed Beg, currently posted in Sundargarh district, for inefficiency, lack of dedication and irresponsible behaviour. The release stated that the official was earlier suspended from his job five time during his tenure.

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