Pulses scam: Orissa Guv accepts resignation of minister

The sustandard dal was supplied to about 9.5 million children and pregnant women under mid-day-meal (MDM) and supplementary nutrition programe (SNP) respectively.

Bhubaneswar: Orissa Governor MC Bhandare on Sunday accepted the resignation of Women and Child Development Minister Pramila Mallick, a day after she put in her papers in the wake of allegation of a Rs 700-crore scam in purchase of dal for mid-day meal scheme and Supplementary Nutrition Programme.

"The resignation of Mallick, which was forwarded by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik yesterday, has been accepted by the Governor," Raj Bhavan sources here said.
Mallick had tendered her resignation yesterday on moral grounds following scathing attack by the opposition parties after gross irregularities were detected by the anti-corruption Vigilance department in the purchase of dal for various schemes, for which WCD was the nodal department.

Mallick had tendered her resignation yesterday on moral grounds following scathing attack by the opposition parties after gross irregularities were detected by the anti-corruption Vigilance department in the purchase of dal for various schemes, for which WCD was the nodal department.
The actions came two days after the state anti-corruption vigilance department submitted its preliminary report on the Rs 700 crore dal scam.

PTI

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