Appoint nodal officers to deal with court cases, Odisha government tells departments

by Akankshya Mahapatra

The General Administration Department has asked all departments to appoint nodal officers, who will be the contact point for monitoring the progress of cases by acting as a link between the office of the Advocate General (AG) and different sections and branches of the department concerned.

Stating that the State government and the office of AG have been making all efforts to ensure that court cases filed against the State are defended in the right earnest, Principal Secretary of GA department Surendra Kumar has urged department heads to ensure that the notices relating to court cases are attended on a priority.

The nodal officers will submit the para-wise comments well in time so that the counter-affidavits can be sworn. Although earlier the departments were asked to appoint nodal officers, barring a few, many are yet to engage the officers of appropriate rank to deal with court cases. The direction came after the GA department noticed that in many cases some departments are failing to reply/respond to notices/ in the submission of comments within the timeline stipulated in the notice.

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