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BJP moves Guv against Koraput DM over chopper landing row

Bhubaneswar, Mar 1: Accusing Koraput Collector-cum-District Magistrate V Jaykumar of working like an agent of the ruling BJD, the State BJP on Wednesday petitioned before Governor SC Jamir about the alleged arbitrary suspension and subsequent transfer of 11 clerks of the Collectorate by the Collector for allowing Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s chopper to land at Boriguma in Koraput during panchayat polls last month.

With Koraput District Clerical Association’s stir protesting against the alleged unethical act of the Collector intensifying, a delegation of BJP leaders led by party vice-president Sameer Mohanty met the Governor seeking the latter’s immediate intervention in the matter to resolve the administrative logjam in the tribals-dominated district.

“The Collector is carrying forward political intolerance agenda of State Government and specially that of senior officials of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s office. Facilitating landing of the chopper senior BJP leader and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at Boriguma in Koraput during for panchayat polls cannot be treated as illegal act,” said Mohanty.

Meanwhile, the district Collector has gone on leave, sources said.

The clerical association continued its stir protesting against the action of Collector. The Collector had earlier suspended a Junior Clerk, Krushna Chandra Pradhan, in the case of granting permission without informing the district administration to Union Minister Pradhan to land his helicopter at Borigumma in the district on February 13.

The association opposed the decision and staged a dharna, following which 10 more clerks were put under suspension and few transferred for negligence in work.

However, the Collector on Tuesday withdrew his orders for suspension of 11 clerks and transferred them to various blocks.

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