Report by Amarnath Parida; Jagatsinghpur: By the recommendations of Revenue Divisional Commissioner, central range Mr. Arbinda Kumar Padhee, principal secretary to revune , Odisha Government has suspended deputy collector cum former tahsildar Kujang Basudev Pradhan for his involvement on land scam on Friday.
There are large number of irregularities on land settlement, mutation, lease and other activists in Kujang thasil. Locals had been aired their grievances to district collector and others but no one took any action against corrupt officials of Kuajng tahsil by the pressure of ruling party leaders.
Being harassed, local villagers submitted memorandum near RDC, central range Mr. Padhee and urged to conduct an inquiry about the large number of irregularities on mutation and land settlement. After getting this allegation, RDC Mr Padhee had sent a team led by his secretary Mr. Upendranath Mallick to conduct an inquiry about these irregularities.
During inquiry, team came to know that land settlement of different influential people at Bijayachandpur has been finalized on the basis of Xerox copy of land document and without original document. Land document has been given fake persons by acquiring encroachment of government land with the knowledge of the then tahsildar of Kujang Mr. Pradhan.
Similarly, Mr. Pradhan has been given land on lease basis by accepting huge amount of money as bribe. One racket was in active in Kujang tahsil in which these three employees with the knowledge of Mr. Pradhan took major role on land scam.
Later, secretary of RDC Mr Mallick had submitted detailed report regarding these irregularities near RDC Mr Padhee. In last month, RDC Mr Padhee had suspended head clerk Mr. Tusar Sahu and two Revenue Inspectors Mr.Pratap Swain and Sudam Guru from their duties and asked district collector to take action against them immediately.
During this time, RDC Mr. Padhee recommended the name of the then tahsildar Mr. Pradhan for his suspension in which principal secretary to government has suspended him on yesterday on said land scam issue.
Meanwhile, Mr. Pradhan has been transferred to district collectorate , Jagatsinghpur as deputy collector on last month.