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Odisha: Probe Into Fire Services Irregularities Underway, Officials Reshuffled

21 November 2019


Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Thursday effected major reshuffle in the Fire Services Directorate which is under scanner owing to irregularities in issuance of Fire Safety certificates.

According to a Government notification, Maheswar swain Director OFADRA holding additional charge of Chief fire Officer (Fire Prevention wing) in Fire Services Directorate is withdrawn from the directorate and will continue only as Director OFDRA.

Chief Fire Officer, Sukanta Sethy, will remain in additional charge of Fire Prevention Wing in the Directorate.

Deputy Fire Officer of Fire Prevention Wing, Arun sarangi, is transferred and posted as District Fire Officer Bhawanipatna circle in place of Sallil Prakash Kindo. The incumbent Bhawanipatna DFO Kindo has been transferred and posted as DFO Fire Prevention Wing in the directorate, the notification added.

It may be pertinent to mention that the State Government has setup a three member team to probe into the irregularities in the Fire services Directorate. Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Development Commissioner Suresh Mahapatra and Home Department Secretary Sanjeev Chopra are members of the team.