Odisha Government Withdraws Extra Pensionary Benefits To Anubhav Mohanty’s Father For Forgery

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The Odisha government has withdrawn extra pensionary benefits to Anubhav Mohanty’s father Abhaya Kumar Mohanty for submitting a fake Refresher Course certificate based on which he was promoted as Reader in 1997 and the higher education department has cancelled his promotion.

According to the report a notification has been issued by the Higher Education Department – “An enquiry was conducted by the Deputy Director who submitted his enquiry report on dated 29.08.2009 with a finding that the Refresher Course certificate of the petitioner for the period from 01.12.1993 to 28.12.1993, purportedly issued by Berhampur University was a fake and manufactured one.”

The report further added that in 2010, Mohanty filed a petition in the Orissa High Court for payment of his arrear salary as Reader in English at Kandarpur College and all service and pensionary benefits in the revised scale of pay. The department had stopped his promotional arrear in 2009 following allegations about the forged Refresher Course certificate.

Mohanty contended that there was no need for him to undergo any training to avail the benefits since UGC in 2008 exempted college teachers, superannuating within three years, from attending these for placement/ promotion under Career Advancement Scheme.

But, the court had ordered for verification of the allegation and while rejecting his claim, the department pointed out the 13-year gap between his promotion to Reader grade in 1997 and his superannuation in 2010 and said the UGC circular did not apply to him. The notification has been signed by the principal secretary, higher education, Saswat Mishra.

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