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Kohima: The Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) has expressed its resentment towards the government’s recommendation of the state officer, who has been charged of corruption and is under investigation, for induction into the prestigious IAS.

The body has appealed to the state government not to reward any officer whose credibility and integrity is under question. The body further stated that such actions will demoralise other government servants who serves the state with dedication and immaculate track record.

The forum stated that it was learned via ‘certain sources’ that the officer, serving under the Directorate of School Education (DoSE), was allegedly accused of corruption but has been recommended by the state government for induction into the IAS.

Through a press release, the forum stated that a veterinary doctor who served as the Additional Project Director of DoSE on deputation was issued letter of summon for appearance under Section 41A of the CrPC by the police’s Vigilance & Anti-Corruption wing, on allegations of corruption charges on the mid-day meal scheme along with 14 others on different dates.

It also highlighted that the siphoning of mid-day meal funds for poor school going children is a serious matter and if indicted, the officer in question could face imprisonment of six months which may extend up to five years with a fine as defined under Sections 8 & 9 under the Prevention of Corruption Act of 1988.

The forum also pointed out that the scam is still under investigation and the said person in question has not been exonerated in the case. The forum will take the issue further for the greater sake of justice if the state government goes ahead with the “immoral recommendation”.

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