Dimapur, January 23: The Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) has voiced concerned over the purported recommendation of an alleged “tainted” officer for induction in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
In a statement, the NPRAAF identified the officer as “a veterinary Doctor who served as Additional Project Director, Directorate of School Education, on deputation and was issued letter of summon for appearance U/S 41 A Cr. P.C by Vigilance & Anti-Corruption Police Nagaland: Kohima Dated 5th Oct 2018 and whose name is listed in Sl No 3. on 08:10:2018 on allegation of corruption charges on the Mid-day meal scheme along with 14 others on different dates.”
The NPRAAF stated that siphoning of mid day meal fund for poor school going children is serious in nature and if indicted, the officer in question could face imprisonment of 6 months which may extend to 5 years with a fine or both as defined in Sec 8,9 under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
“The scam is still under investigation stage, and the said person in question is not exonerated in the case, however his name has been recommended by the state Govt. for induction in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) which is the highest Administrative service of the country,” it said.
Asking the Government not to reward any officers, whose credibility and integrity is in question, as it will demoralize Government servants who serve the State with dedication and immaculate track record, the NPRAAF warned that it will take the issue further in the greater interest of justice if the State Government is adamant to go ahead with the “immoral” recommendation. (Page News Service)