Bhubaneswar: Orissa government on Wednesday confiscated a farm house of a tainted retired IAS officer and converted it into a farmer training centre cum nursery, official sources said.
The farm house and land measuring 2.6 acres belonging
to ex-IAS officer Ramesh Chandra Behera at Rangeilunda block
in Ganjam district, was confiscated after he was convicted in
a disproportionate asset case.
Behera was found guilty of amassing properties
disproportionate to his known source of income, a senior
vigilance official said adding a case under Prevention of
Corruption Act was made against the IAS officer when he was
the vice-chairman of Cuttack Development Authority (CDA).
"We have taken posession of Behera`s farm house and
land. The place will function as a training centre for farmers
of Ganjam and Gajapati districts. Besides, a nursery will
operate from the place," Chandrasekhar Patra, deputy director,
horticulture, Ganjam district, said.
Behera was the second ex-IAS office in Orissa whose
property was confiscated and used for public purpose.
Earlier, the government had opened a homoeopathy
hospital at the house of another ex-IAS officer Sanjib Kumar
Ray in the state capital.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during Vigilance Week
recently had announced that the government would use
confiscated properties of tainted officials for public