Several ministers and senior bureaucrats of Odisha government are in trouble after having breached the protocol and visited abroad without obtaining prior approval of Ministry of External Affairs. Zee News reported in an exclusive story, that the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) have raised objections to these official travels without the prior approval in place. It has mentioned these expenditures as "irregular".
The government under its austerity drive to check expenditure had mentioned clearly in a circular, "All proposals for visits of members of state governments abroad in their official capacity be sent to Ministry of External Affairs, Department of Economic Affairs under ministry of Finance for approval and release of foreign exchange and Ministry of Home Affairs."
Now after the CAG's objection, the General Administration Department has issued letters to the concerned officers and Secretary of state Parliamentary Affairs Department seeking compliance.
The ministers who have been implicated by the CAG are Surya Narayan Patro, Deviprasad Mishra and Damodar Rout and the bureaucrats are
Three ministers against objections being raised are ; Bureaucrats are Sourav Garg IAS, Satya Brata Sahu, IAS, R S Goplan IAS, Sanjeev Chaddha IFS(Forest Service).
The Odisha state government rules also state that the travelling bills of the government servants have to be submitted and cleared within one month of the journey, something that also has been grossly violated in this case.