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Odisha IFS Officer Abhay Pathak Involved In Rs 726 Cr Afforestation Scam

Bhubaneswar:7/12/20: With a joint investigation into the alleged corruption done by arrested IFS Officer Abhay Pathak unravelling huge property in his name, funds amounting to Rs 726 crore sanctioned by the Government towards afforestation during 2020-21 has  further raised doubts on Pathak’s involvement in massive misappropriation of the funds.

After the tainted IFS officer came under the Vigilance scanner and property worth crores of rupees in his possession were detected, questions like where and how the sanctioned money was spent and does the department concerned has proof of the expenditure are now doing the rounds.

On June 30 last year, the Additional PPCF  (Plan, Program & Afforestation) through an email had submitted details about the afforestation programme for 2020-2021. He informed Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha that the target was set to afforest 1,30,270 hectare area in 2020-21 to plant over Rs 16.23 crore saplings under various programmes,  including Green India Mission and CAMPA. And, a budget of Rs 726 crore was earmarked for the same.

In view of such a huge amount of funds sanctioned for afforestation in a single year, it has now become crucial for the Vigilance to investigate expenditure towards the same in the previous years.

It is pertinent to mention here following  allegations of corruption in afforestation programme, the Odisha Lokayukta has directed the state Vigilance for investigation of the matter

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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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