Jaipur: Rajasthan Lokayukta on Friday took suo motu cognisance of reports about a block development officer (BDO) in Sikar district accepting a car priced over Rs 7 lakh and a laptop from Sarpanchs under her jurisdiction area. There were allegations that the Sarpanchs were forced to pay for the costly gifts offered at the farewell party when the BDO was put on 'awaiting posting order' (APO) by the state government.
As per the service conduct rules, government officers cannot accept costly gifts. Lokayukta Sajjan Singh Kothari has sought a factual report from the Sikar collector on reports that outgoing BDO of Dhod area Rashmi Meena allegedly accepted a Swift hatchback car priced around Rs 7.76 lakh and a laptop as a farewell gift from the Sarpanchs of her area recently.
The Lokayukta noted that some Sarpanchs later alleged that they were forced to pay Rs 25,000 each by the district's Sarpanch Sangh for the farewell gift. A total of 31 Sarpanchs were believed to have contributed money for the gift. The Lokayukta found the allegations by Sarpanch Sangh secretary Mahavir Singh to be of serious nature and directed the district collector to file a factual report at the earliest.