Odisha govt soft peddling corruption cases in co-ops: Pradhan

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan has let it be known that Odisha government is deliberately refusing to take necessary action against people involved in an Rs 300 crore scam spanning scores of cooperative banks and societies in the state, reports Indian Express.

Those under scanner includes cooperative bodies like Odisha State Cooperative Bank, Urban Bank, Central Cooperative Bank, Odisha State Cooperative Marketing Federation, Odisha Cooperative Housing Corporation, Inclusive Credit Society, and Odisha Cotton Growers, a source says.

Official sources say general and special audits have found out a swindle of Rs 296 crore between 1999 and 2017 — in 16,265 cases, allegedly involving 22,081 employees.

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