Bhubaneswar (Agencies): Orissa's Women and Child Development Minister Pramila Mallick resigned after her alleged involvement in Rs 700 crore scam in purchase of dal for mid-day meal scheme and Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP).

"I have tendered my resignation on my own on moral grounds for the interest of the BJD party and to keep the clean image of the government intact," Mallick said after putting in her papers following a meeting with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Her department was the nodal agency through which dal was distributed to about 9.5 million beneficiaries including 5million school children.

"It is a sacrifice for the BJD and the party government. I am not afraid of any probe," she said and claimed she was a victim of conspiracy.

The Chief Minister has forwarded Mallick's resignation to the Governor for acceptance.

Action was being taken against former collectors of Deogarh and Mayurbhanj districts Ambika Mishra and P K Meherda respectively on the same issue, Patnaik said, adding "Whosoever is found guilty, action will be taken."

Claiming that there was no pressure on her to resign, Mallick said she met the chief minister on Saturday morning and conveyed her wishto step down to prevent people from pointing fingers at the government "though state vigilance wing has given her a clean chit".

"Subsequently I sent my resignation letter," she said.