Bhubaneswar: CM Mr. Naveen Patnaik on the 3rd Day of the Vigilance Awareness Week at Soochana Bhawan said, strong steps need to be taken to stand against corruption as it blocks the Country’s progress. Hence steps should be taken against corrupt public servants, at all levels, to eradicate corruption from the root.

Adding more Mr. Patnaik said, the State Government had been taking exemplary action against convicted corrupt public servants, including dismissal from service and recovery of penalty from pension. The
confiscated property of corrupt officials would be used for public purpose.

As a first step towards this proposal, the State Government has confiscated the double-storeyed building of former IAS officer Sanjib Ray at Gandamunda, sealed by the anti-corruption wing and converted it into a homeopathic dispensary to provide free treatment to public.

As reported, on the first day as many as 40 patients were treated at the dispensary and were availed medicines free of cost.

Sources said, Mr. Sanjib had total wealth worth Rs 15, 48,017 which was beyond his known sources of income. He was convicted in a disproportionate asset case by the special judge of special court in Bhubaneswar on January 25, 2011 and was sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for three years.

Moreover, On the basis of a direction from a special vigilance court the Government has also confiscated his immovable property recently.

The convicted IAS officer retired as an additional secretary in the State Co-operation Department in 2004.

Among others this program was attended by Hon’ ble Shri Justice Radha Krishna Patra, MP Prasanna Patsani and Chief Secretary Mr. Bijay Kumar Patnaik.

Cartoon and Slogan Writing competition was organized in this occasion and Bidyashree Sahu and Samikshya Satpathy of DAV Chandrasekharpur, were awarded 2nd and 3rd prize respectively by CM Mr. Naveen Patnaik.