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Bhubaneswar, Nov. 28: The Odisha government has initiated disciplinary action against two IAS officers for irregularities in implementation of the rural job scheme, as detected by the CBI.

Panchayati raj minister Kalpataru Das said the two IAS officers — Mrinalini Darswal and Janaki Ballav Mishra — were found by the CBI to have committed irregularities when they were district collector of Nuapada. “Departmental disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against them,” he said.

The CBI conducted the probe into irregularities in Koraput, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Nuapada and Balangir districts. So far, the government has initiated action against 95 government servants and private individuals allegedly involved in the irregularities. Collectors of the districts concerned have been instructed to take appropriate corrective measures, said Das.

Acting on the CBI report, criminal proceedings have been lodged against 23 government employees and private individuals while departmental proceedings have been taken against 95 persons. Legal action has been taken against 76 persons as per section 25 of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and fines to the tune of Rs 7.96 lakh have been realised from 128 persons, the minister said.

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), which was launched in 19 districts from 2005-06, is being implemented in all 30 districts of Odisha.

Supreme Court had ordered a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities under the scheme in six districts.