Bhubaneswar: Within the wake of the alleged multi-crore PPE, masks and nebulizer buy rip-off, the Odisha Lokayukta has served discover to the Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy to furnish a reply by November 23.
Notably, two senior IAS officers — Industries Secretary Hemant Sharma and Managing Director of the Odisha State Medical Company Restricted (OSMCL) Yamini Sarangi — had appeared earlier than the two-member bench of the Lokayukta chairman Justice Ajit Singh and Justice BK Nayak for the second time on Wednesday.
The duo, of their reply, instructed the Lokayukta that the procurement of the PPE kits has been made with the approval of the emergency buy committee and the empowered ministerial committee.
Nevertheless, not glad with their reply on the explanation for the ouster of the chairman of the emergency buy committee, the bench requested the Chief Secretary to furnish a reply by November 23.
Notably, the 2 IAS officers had appeared earlier than the Lokayukta on September 14.
The Lokayukta in a letter to the Further Chief Secretary, Well being and Household Welfare, Pradipta Mohapatra on October 5 had directed him to submit all paperwork pertaining to the procurement of PPE kits and different COVID-19 gadgets and sought a reply on the circumstances during which the chairman of the emergency buy committee Hemant Sharma was swiftly relieved from his submit.
Whereas Mohapatra had submitted a written reply to the Lokayukta, the latter has requested the Tripathy to furnish a reply on the matter.
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