*Delay in Re-installation of Electric Transformer deprived 120 BPL
families in Andhoti Village of Baranga Block in Cuttack district.
*Demanding action against Mr. Pravat Kumar Sahoo, CESU Junior Manager,
Govindpur Sub-Section, Cuttack for delaying the work as the villagers
denied paying bribe.
The villagers of Andhoti of Baranga Block in Cuttack district today
filed a complaint with the Office of the Chief Minister against the
corrupt CESU officials, for intentionally delaying installation of an
electric transformer. They demanded action against Mr. Pravat Kumar
Sahoo, CESU Junior Manager, Govindpur Sub-Section, Cuttack for
delaying the work as the villagers denied paying bribe. Nearly 120 BPL
families of our village have been deprived of electricity supply for
last two years due to theft of both the electric transformers
installed under the RGGVY Scheme. One electric transformer located at
Bhoi Sahi of Andhoti was stolen in May 2012 and later the second
transformer located on Andhoti-Bainlo Road was stolen in December
2013. Since May 2012 villagers have approached the CESU officials and
the district Collector several times, however nothing yet yield
The Junior Manager, Govindpur Sub-Section, Cuttack Pravat Kumar Sahoo
has been kept on saying that no transformer being officially arranged
for the village. In last October he had informed the villagers that he
could arrange a transformer which is sanctioned for other village and
in return he demanded some money. However, the villagers expressed
reluctance to pay kickback for reinstallation of transformer and
approached the CESU Executive Engineer, CED, Cuttack Mr. S K Goud. In
a meeting with him we came to know that a 60KV transformer is
sanctioned for our village five months ago under the DESI Scheme with
the financial assistance from the Local Area Development fund of
Hon’ble Niali MLA Sj Pramod Kumar Mullick.
When the entire game plan of the corrupt Junior Manager, Govindpur
Sub-Section Pravat Kumar Sahoo was exposed, he played several dirty
tricks to further delay the reinstallation work. Many ways he
pretended stating non availability of contractors for execution of the
said work and then non-availability of materials and parts. He had
involved some brokers in spreading rumors that without the kickback
process, the actual official work execution procedure would take long
time to finish. This corrupt act of Mr. Sahoo created panic among the
innocent villagers and also lost hope on good governance system.
Even the construction work for the new Sub Station (Structure Work)
is going on at snail’s pace. The contractor has left the construction
work on the midway. It is generally perceived he had left the work
incomplete under the direction of CESU JM Mr. Sahoo.
Govindpur sub section has reported more than 50 transformer theft
cases during the present JM’s tenure. Thus we also suspect the role of
CESU officials in transformer theft rackets.
From Chakradhar Behera – firstname.lastname@example.org
By Press Release
We requested the Hon’ble Chief Minister to investigate into the
entire matter and order the speedy execution of the transformer
installation work in our village. A memorandum signed by the villagers
has been submitted with the CMO. We are also submitted a petition with
the state vigilance cell, demanding strong action against the corrupt
CESU JM Pravat Kumar Sahoo for intentionally delaying the work and
harassing the innocent villagers.