School headmaster caught selling mid-day meal rice

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Balasore: Tension flared in Patharapura area of Jaleswar in Balasore district on Wednesday after headmaster of an upper primary (UP) school was caught red-handed by locals while allegedly selling rice meant for mid-day meal (MDM).

The accused, identified as Bhagirathi Patra, is posted as the headmaster of the Patharapura UP school.

According to the allegations of the locals, Patra was transporting three sacks of rice in an auto-rickshaw for selling it to prospective buyers.

Suspecting foul play, a few locals intercepted the accused and questioned him about the purpose of transporting the rice. While the headmaster refuted the accusations, the auto-rickshaw driver on being asked said that the rice sacks were being transported to a shop for selling purpose.

Asked, Cluster Resource Centre Coordinator (CRCC) Pradip Kumar Jena stated that, “I was informed about the incident over the phone by the concerned Block Education Officer (BEO).” He also added that the locals also accused the headmaster of indulging in other irregularities.

An inquiry has been initiated into the matter and disciplinary actions would be taken against the accused on the basis of the report, the CRCC added.

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