Bhubaneswar: Senior IAS officer and Industry Secretary Hemant Sharma and Odisha State Medical Corporation Limited (OSMCL) Managing Director Yamini Sarangi on Monday appeared before Odisha Lokayukta here in connection with the alleged irregularities in procurement of COVID-19 PPE kit.
Sharma was the chairman of the PPE kit procurement committee. However, the Government had later removed him from the committee following allegations of corruption in the procurement levelled by Odisha Congress and Odisha Vikash Parishad.
The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) had filed a petition before the Lokayukta alleging mass corruption in PPE kit procurement, following which notice was served to the IAS officer and other respondents. However, none of them had deposed before the Lokayukta for hearing on August 7, for which the Lokayukta had expressed dissatisfaction. The respondents were again directed to submit their replies by September 14 (today).
The next hearing is scheduled to held on October 5.