Somjit Naha | Agartala | November 4, 2018
The state government on Saturday suspended two officers of Information and Cultural Affair (ICA) on charges of not abiding by the instructions from the higher authority as well as misguiding the office of the Chief Minister of state.
The two officers have been identified as Joint Director of ICA Bishnupada Das and Senior Information Officer (SIO) Pramodh Acharjee. The allegations leveled against them was this that when Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb released an amount of Rs. 1 crore to the ICA department for making payments to the media houses against advertisement bills before Durga puja, the two suspended officials allegedly instead of releasing the funds to the media houses against advertisement bills intentionally stopped the funds released by the Chief Minister’s office to malign the image of the government and hence the bills were not paid to the media houses before Dura puja.
It is to be mentioned that both the suspended officers even submitted a false report stating that the funds were given to the media houses against advertisement bills before Durga puja.
But once the report of their wrong doings came to the knowledge of the Chief Minister, he immediately asked Principal Secretary Kumar Alok to look into the matter and found that payment was not made. Taking a serious exception to the role of two officials – Bishnupada Das and Pramodh Acharjee, both were suspended on Saturday. In the suspension letters, they were asked not to leave Agartala without prior permission from the competent authority.