Bhubaneswar, 21/11: The political atmosphere is surcharged in the state after the unceremonious ouster of the DGP in charge BK Sharma . While talk in power corridor was going on about the possibility of his permanent posting in the top post he faced the reverse action. Highly placed official sources said Sharma may face more bitter situation in the near future as the government has initiated follow up actions.
Official sources said, the three-member high level committee consisting of state’s Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Development Commissioner Suresh Mohapatra and Home Secretary Sanjiv Chopra met today to probe into the allegations against Sharma received by the government.
Not only Sharma was shifted to an inconsequential post of Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at the state secretariat, transfer of officials has already started in the directorate of Fire Services, which Sharma was heading.
High level sources also said that the possibility of severe action may not be ruled out.
Because there were certain allegations of irregularities against him, but the opposition parties were not ready to buy the theory. They said the government must have verified the track record of a senior office before installing him in a high office.
According to official sources, some of the activities of Sharma during his tenure as Director General of Fire Services has come under the scanner of the government. Sharma is said to be sitting over the file relating to the applications for issue of fire safety certificates for quite long time. This and some other allegations have reportedly angered chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who has ordered a high level inquiry. A three-member inquiry committee has been constituted consisting of state’s Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Development Commissioner.
This move is said to have been taken by the government on the basis of Naveen’s 5-T (transparency, time, teamwork, technology and transformation). Any official, howsoever big sort he may be, will face disciplinary action if he violates any of the five parameters of good governance. This action has created fear among corrupt officials at the high level.
On the other hand, opposition leaders say that the government is terrorizing high officials to work as per its diktat, or face action.