Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government today gave premature retirement to four officials, against whom the Vigilance had registered cases.
The officials are Basanta Kumar Behera, Dhenkanal RTO; Dillip Kumar Nag, Deputy Commissioner of Excise; Sarat Chandra Panda, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Khariar Division; and Ashok Kumar Majhi, suspended ACSO, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department.
Behera was booked by the anti-corruption agency in 2018 for allegedly amassing assets worth Rs 3.6 crore disproportionate to his known sources of income.
Similarly, Vigilance had arrested Nag in a disproportionate assets case after properties worth Rs 1.5 crore possessed by him were unearthed by the agency.
Likewise, Panda was booked by Vigilance after it traced assets worth Rs 5.23 crore possessed by him. Bank deposit of over Rs 4 crore in his name and his family members’ name was detected. It was ascertained the cash was deposited by him during demonetization in November, 2016.
The State Government had last month decided for premature retirement of inefficient employees. The aim of the move is to weed out officers and employees of doubtful integrity or inefficiency from public service, said a circular of the General Administration and Public Grievance Department issued by secretary Sanjeev Chopra.