BHUBANESWAR: Chairperson of Odisha Lokayukta Justice Ajit Singh on Monday expressed robust displeasure on the federal government for not submitting an in depth report on the circumstances which led to the elimination of a senior IAS officer from the supervision of procurement of PPE kits and masks for tackling the Covid-19 pandemic within the State.
The Lokayukta had requested Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy to submit all paperwork pertaining to the procurement of PPE kits and different Covid-19 gadgets and sought a reply on the circumstances wherein the chairman of the emergency buy committe was rapidly relieved from his submit.Two senior IAS officers on Monday appeared earlier than the Lokayukta for listening to in reference to the alleged corruption within the buy of PPE kits and masks.
The subsequent listening to on the matter has been posted to December 7. The Lokayukta has requested each the events, the federal government in addition to the petitioners, to return with all of the related paperwork for the subsequent listening to. Congress chief Sudarsan Das and Odisha Vikash Parishad had filed petitions earlier than the Lokayukta alleging giant scale irregularities and corruption within the buy of PPEs and masks by the State authorities for coping with the Covid-19 scenario within the State.
It’s for the third time that each the senior officers appeared earlier than the Lokayukta in reference to alleged irregularities within the procurement of PPE kits in Odisha. The 2 officers had initially failed to answer the discover by Lokayukta on August 11 to submit their replies. Later, the anti-corruption ombudsman had warned that it’s going to proceed with the investigation if they didn’t seem through the subsequent listening to on September 14. Each the officers had appeared earlier than the Lokayukta on September 14 and November 4.