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Odisha Guv’s air travel bill row has stirred up a hornet’s nest in political circles

Bhubaneswar:6/7/18 A day after the Odisha government sought clarification from Raj Bhawan towards Governor’s air travel expenses which ran over Rs 46 lakh, state Chief Secretary today expressed ‘deep regret’ over the development which has stirred up a hornet’s nest in political circles.

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today met Governor Ganeshi Lal at Raj Bhawan and apprised the latter that his visit from Bhubaneswar to Sirsa via New Delhi by a chartered flight last month was approved by the state government.

Padhi expressed deep regrets at the manner in which the letter was issued to the Governor’s office regarding use of aircraft and said that stringent action would be taken against all responsible for this miscommunication, PRO to Chief Secretary Umakanta Mohapatra said in a release.

“It may kindly be intimated the reason and circumstances for hiring a helicopter for use of Hon’ble Governor and deviation in the approved schedule of the flight and whether approval of the competent authority has been taken for the purpose of not,” Indira Behera, Deputy Secretary in the General Administration Department had written to the Governor’s Special Secretary yesterday.

Besides, Behera also asked for the user certificate for the bill amounting to Rs 41.18 lakh for the aircraft and Rs 5 lakh for helicopter ride.

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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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