AGARTALA, April 20 - Hundreds of �sacked� JICA officials and employees on Friday gheraoed JICA�s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) GS Raju and Director Vanumahti seeking reinstatement of their services.
After failing to get response from the government, the CEO on Friday issued termination notice to all 628 officials and employees triggering widespread resentment among the people engaged in the foreign aided project.
Sensing trouble, police rushed to the spot and rescued the CEO from his office. As the agitation continues, Forest Minister Mever Kumar Jamatia summoned the CEO and held a meeting to find a way to the problem. It has been learnt that the Minister assured Raju that he would take up the issue with Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb once he returns from Delhi on April 22.
Raju informed the Minister that JICA authority has a fund to incur salary expenditure of all the officials and employees till November this year.
Sources said, the State Government has got an indications from various sources that JICA phase II will be cleared by November.
Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JICA) has funded Rs 1,200 crore in the year 2009 for a poverty alleviation scheme for forest dwellers as well sustainable development in the State�s forest areas.
The first ever foreign aided project expired in March 2017 but the erstwhile Left Front Government extended the services of a sizable number of officials and staff with a hope that another project will come by but it has not happened yet.