India: Hundreds unemployed because of end of Japan funded forest conservation project

CHANDIGARH: Apprehending loss of rank as well as job, hundreds of
officers, working as field staff of Punjab forest department and
currently posted with a Japan-funded project, staged an agitation
outside the office of principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) at
Sector 17 here on Tuesday.

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Headed by Karamjit Singh, DFO, Patiala and president of Punjab Forests
Coordination Committee, the agitating forestmen assembled outside the
PCCF office. After raising slogans, they handed over a memorandum to
Punjab chief minister’s OSD and top brass of forest department,
Inquiries revealed that these officials were posted in the forests
project funded by Japan Bank of International Corporation, started by
Punjab forests department a decade ago.

All of them were given a one-up promotion then and their salaries and other expenses were cleared by finance department as well as assembly house under the head of non-planned expenses. In a recent development, the state government decided to do away with the project, which meant demotion of officials and a job loss for over 250 such officials employed on contract basis. ”We were shocked when state government mooted this proposal. What will happen to those who are working for over a decade.

They are not even eligible for any other job due to age bar,” an officer said. “It is sheer injustice for all. This is despite these employees as well as officials taking the maximum burden of work in forests and wildlife department,”  Karamjeet Singh said.

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Comments (2)

sukrit shardaJanuary 23rd, 2010 at 2:50 am

i am working on jbic misdoing

sukrit shardaJanuary 23rd, 2010 at 2:53 am

there is lot of misdoing in JBIC in using funds.

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