Corruption in Orissa: Insightful input from Mr. Arun Kumar Upadhyay

If patriotism could be found in form of a man, that man may be anybody in India; but certainly is the one known as Arun Kumar Upadhyay. A brilliant officer of Indian Police Service, he has been enriching Indian culture with his scriptural interpretations and input on socio-philosophical evolution of Indian society; and is a perfect example of how best a conscious citizen could stay active after retiring from government service, specifically in matters of public interest.

He has responded to a posting in these pages on October 3 with input emanating from personal experiences as a top level Police Officer. From the comment section we prefer to bring the same to our main page in view of its insightful relevance to misrule that has afflicted Orissa in the present regime.

He has named certain senior most police officers for the first time in a deeply disturbing scenario of maladministration. Lest that escape attention in the minor area of comments, we confront the concerned officers with the same here with status of a focused independent post.

The officers/persons named by Mr. Upadhyay should respond to it with their explanations, if any.

It is a fit case also for the CBI to take cognizance of, as without finding out the whole gamut of what has created the climate of corruption that it is investigating into, it cannot reach a credible conclusion.

Here is what Mr. Upadhyay has said:

Most clever and complicated methods were designed to loot money without any record or responsibility. Many officers suspected of honesty were kept for long without work. But a parallel fake record was created to give them charge of accounts. Many other officers were given multiple charges, sometimes up to 15 posts-just for making money. For example, I was kept without work at State Police Academy from 2004 to 2011 under orders of Chief Minister taken on a note-sheet which was to be thrown away to avoid any future enquiry. But Office Order No.426/SPA dt.26.8.2003, O/O No.250 dt.22.6.04 of State Police Academy showed that I was in charge of all accounts. To use this scheme, Joint Secretary of Union Home Ministry Sri D S Mishra was brought to my room by sri B N Jha,DIG (Modernization) on 23-7-2005 to take my approval on purchase of 1100 automatic rifles costing Rs 18 crore for which CM had put proposal on 30-6-2004 in State Assembly. The note from Home Secretary Sri Santosh Kumar and speech of CM – both were just removed from Assembly records after details were published in Sambad dated 4 July 2004. I protested that I cannot be consulted without showing me a single official paper or purchase scheme since 2 years. A Proceeding was started by Santosh Kumar on proposal of Prakash Mishra on refusal to sign blind paper. The proceeding records also included a secret order of B B Mishra and Santosh Kumar in file to prevent me from any official work. So called 1100 automatic rifles came on 8-2-2008 at OMP store in Cuttack and all were sent to PTS Nayagarh having only 300 trainee constables – not of armed police. That file also should have come to me – but S Radhika and DGP Gopal Nanda – possibly my fake signature was taken or I was shown consulted. Only 10 rifles were sufficient for them. Within a week Sabyasachi Panda was called to loot on 14-2-2008 and next morning Gopal Nanda visited with Sampad Moahapatra, known for his link with Sabyasachi Panda. After 3 days, 100 old rifles were shown recovered. It was obvious that Sabyasachi Panda was used to loot fake purchase of 18 crores. So he had to kidnap DM Malkangiri and MLA Umerkot to get 50% Share. It is still secret, from which govt fund ransom money had been paid. If I sign purchase proposal, I would be arrested for fake purchase by Santosh Kumar, B B Mishra, Gopal Nanda etc under full knowledge of assembly and govt. If I refuse, result will be proceeding and remaining without duty for very long and without any pension on retirement. Even the next purchases as compensation in 15 and 18 crores never reached any battalion as per Spl AG Audit of March, 2011-Para 1.6.2 Scheme for modernization of Police Force – Though addressing LWE activities effectively was one of the key objectives of the State police in recent times, key performance indicators for measuring the operational efficiency of the police force was neither prescribed nor even attempted in the AAPs. Absence of key performance indicators as well as Perspective Plan made all purchases ad hoc and intuitive rather than scientific. Sophisticated weapons worth 14.80 crore were retained at the central arms store at Cuttack without issuing it to the field units, despite large scale shortages of such weapons up to 61 per cent in eight test checked districts, on the ground that trained manpower was not available. Ref-
http://www.scribd.com/doc/120443912/CAG-Audit-of-Land-Acquisition-for-Projects-in-Odisha-2011

 

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  1. Most ungrateful person ever found. Ruling for a decade and more without knowing the language of the state, the most corrupt and incompetent. Yet he is surviving in power in the name of his father only.

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