Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday suspended the Chirang deputy commissioner with immediate effect on the basis of a report by the directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption.
An official release the deputy commissioner Binod Deka was suspended from service as per the chief minister’s direction and Assam Civil Services officer Ratul Baruah was posted in his place.
Sonowal said the state government has taken a “zero tolerance” stand against corruption and no corrupt official will be spared.
“The state government will continue its anti-corruption drive more stringently in the coming days,” he said.
The government is emphasising on proper and honest utilisation of all schemes so that people get the benefits, Sonowal said.
“Corruption is the main hindrance in this direction. We will not tolerate corruption in any case,” he added.
Earlier this month, the BJP-led government had dismissed from service three ACS officers after inquiry reports confirmed that they were selected for the Assam Civil Service through fraudulent means. Three separate discharge orders issued by the personnel department of the Assam government stated that the officers were “unfit for being a member of the Service.”
Inquiry into a massive scandal in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) initiated by the Sonowal government had led to discovery of answer scripts of the three officers – Bhaskar Dutta Das, Amrit Jyoti Sarma and Bhaskar Chandra Deva Sarma – in the residence of APSC chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul, who is currently in jail.
The order came as per directive of chief minister Sonowal himself, with a press release issued by the CM’s office saying Deka was placed under suspension on the basis of an inquiry report of the director of vigilance and anti-corruption department.