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Women and Child Development Minister look into the action yet to be taken in the multi-crore dal scam

Bhubaneswar:31/5/17: Incumbent Women and Child Development Minister Prafulla Samal on Wednesday told media that he would personally look into the action yet to be taken in the multi-crore dal (pulses) scam that underwent a Vigilance probe, the then minister concerned had to resign and action was also initiated against three IAS officers (District Collectors) for their alleged involvement.

In his media reactions, the W&CD Minister said, “Vigilance was enquiring into it. I’ll delve into the stage of it. If any action kept on hold by our department, it will be expedited.”

Notably, the issue had rocked the Odisha Assembly then and on February 5, 2011 its first victim was Odisha’s the then W&CD Minister Pramila Mallick and action was also initiated against three IAS officers over purchase of dal for the mid-day meal (MDM) scheme and Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP).

Coincidentally, Samal had been given then the charge as W&CD Minister by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik following his predecessor Mallick’s resignation.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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