Work effectively, else go out: Odisha Minister warns officials

Nayagarh: Following stringent action taken against some officials in recent past for grave misconduct and negligence in duty, State Cabinet Minister Arun Sahoo today warned senior officials of his departments of facing dire consequence for failing to achieve targets.

Reminding them of actions by the State Government under Mo Sarkar programme, he said, “If you will work, do it, if not, then go out.”

“We will order the higher authorities recommending strong action against those who will be found guilty of misconduct or negligence during the period of service,” Sahoo told reporters after chairing a review meeting at his Nayagarh Assembly Constituency today.

At the meeting, Arun Sahoo, who holds the Agriculture And Farmers’ Empowerment, Fisheries & Animal Resources Development, Higher Education portfolios in the State Government, directed the district authorities to spend the funds allocated to the departments in the budget in a time-bound manner.

“For this, the officials need to come up with early plans, estimates and float tenders accordingly. If they fail to meet the target by March 31, they need to explain the reason as to why the assignments allotted to them could not be finished by deadline,” he said.

He hoped that the officials will transform the 5T mandates into action by following the guidelines.

Speaking about a mega piped water supply project in Nayagarh district, Sahoo said that the tender work has almost been completed for some panchayats under Khandapada, Bhapur, Nayagarh and Nuagaon blocks that have been taken on priority basis at expenses of Rs 560 crore. The project has been extended to Odagaon Block too for which a DPR has been prepared. Now, the project has been undertaken in Ranpur Block, Ranpur NAC, Gania and Daspalla.

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