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Odisha Cong. alleges corruption in safety kits for construction workers, seeks inquiry by CM

Bhubaneswar, Jun 19 (UNI) Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee working president Pradip Majhi today alleged a scam of Rs 300 crore in the purchase of safety kits and equipment for construction workers and demanded the Chief Minister to inquire into it.

Addressing newsmen here, Mr Majhi said the Chief Minister to take stern action against the Labour Minister and to drop him from the council of Ministers for corruption.

The Congress leader said, more than 28.22 lakh construction workers have registered their names so far. The Odisha building and other construction workers welfare board provides Rs 4,999 to each worker for the purchase of safety kits and equipment.

Mr Majhi said, in all the 30 districts equipment and safety kits were purchased at a rate much higher than its actual price and the money was misappropriated.

Giving the example of Malkangiri, Angul and Cuttack district, he said "belcha, shoes, and masks were purchased for Rs 397, against its actual price of Rs 170, shoes for Rs 413, against the retail price of Rs 110 to 280 and masks were purchased for Rs 80 each against its price of Rs 2.50 to Rs 10.

Earlier the Congress had also alleged large scale corruption in the purchase of Covid kits and has also filed a petition with the Lokayukta and submitted memorandum to the Governor seeking action.

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