20 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Wednesday removed DG Police and DG Fire Services Bijay Kumar Sharma from his post after a probe was initiated against him.
According to sources, the action was initiated after the State Government came across gross irregularities in allotment of fire safety certificates to industries during Sharma's incumbency as the Director-General of Fire Services.
Soon after this Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered an inquiry against Sharma, who was shunted from his post today evening. The probe against Sharma will be led by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Development Commissioner Suresh Mohapatra and Home Secretary.
According to a notification issued by the State Government today, senior IPS officer Abhay has been appointed as the new DGP of Odisha. On the other hand, Sharma has been posted as Officer on Special Duty to the Home Department.
According to a letter issued by the Home Department, there was a huge pendency of applications for issuance of fire safety recommendations and certificates in the Directorate of Fire Services. This has caused immense inconvenience not only to the general public but also to business, industry, educational and medical establishments.
"In order to enquire into the matter relating to non compliance of government instructions by the Directorate of Fire Services and circumstances under which applications for fire safety recommendations and certificates have been kept pending for long periods, the Government has constituted a committee comprising Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Home Department to enquire into the matter," the letter read.