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RESOLUTION  ADOPTED AT 5th BIENNIAL GENERAL MEETING (21st & 22nd February,2015 )

1.  Scale Linked Designation (SLD) in Un-revised Pay Scale Nos. 16, 17, 18, & 19 i.e. PB – 4A with GP of Rs.5400/-, 6600/-, PB-4B with GP of Rs. 7600/- and PB-5 with GP of Rs. 8700/- respectively (ROPA 2009) at par with the other State Services :

The Officers of the Directorate carry the responsibilities of bringing the farmers of West Bengal to a technologically adoptive stage need but the requisite momentum seems to be missing due to lacunae in the delivery system. The existing posts were created a long back in the context of the prevalent agricultural practices & policies of the time. For better monitoring & supervision of agriculture related activities, it is necessary to have a systematic sequence from planning level to executing level which has to be synchronized with the requirements of the times. In view of the huge emphasis of the Govt. on increased productivity coupled with reduced inequity, it is essential that the Directorate needs to reinvent itself and due importance be given at par with the other State services by conferring the Designation in the scale which have been awarded by the Finance Deptt under MCAS.

It is expected that the State Government should have a uniform policy for all the Integrated Services. So, to deliver due justice to W.B.A.S. (Admn.), the integration process should be rationalised at par with the other Integrated State/Constituted Services by eliminating the discrepancies or lacunae but not to judge the integration process singly or in isolation.

In the perspective of very limited scope of Agricultural Officers to improve the functional efficiency without having any Scale linked responsibilities of the respective pay scales after introduction of the Integrated Agricultural Service, their technical services can hardly be exploited for the benefit of the Society. In order to ensure and confer due justice to the long service of the officers, Scale Linked Designation (SLD) in Un-revised Pay Scale Nos. 16, 17, 18, & 19 i.e. PB – 4A with GP of Rs.5400/-, 6600/-, PB-4B with GP of Rs. 7600/- and PB-5 with GP of Rs. 8700/- respectively (ROPA 2009) should inexorably be done as it has been conferred to some State Services of the Govt in the recent past.

The Administrative Department had submitted a proposal to the Finance Department in this aspect in respect of both Administrative and Research wing of the Directorate and the Association requests the Administrative Department to play a proactive role for getting the proposal vetted by the Finance Department. This Scale Linked Designation (SLD) of posts do not inflict any financial imposition upon the state exchequer.

2.  Restructuring of the Directorate of Agriculture :

A. Administrative Wing :

Existing distribution of posts of WBAS (Admn) Cadre in different levels/branches of this Directorate is not evenly poised. The existing posts were created a long time back in the context of the prevalent agricultural practices & policies of the time. For better monitoring & supervision of Agriculture related activities, it is necessary to have a systematic sequence from the planning level to executing level which is currently not in sync with the requirements of the times. In keeping with the goals and in view of the requirements of the various flagship schemes, existing structural set up in different levels/branches requires to be reorganized by inter/intra level or branch transferring of posts to bring uniformity.

B.  Research Wing :

Despite specific observation and request of the Finance Department to the Administrative Department to have a review on the proposal for introducing Integrated Agricultural Service in Research wing of the Directorate, no progress has yet been viewed although opinion in conformity had been expressed several times by the Department before the Association. The Department should immediately initiate the said proposal for Research Wing in the same perspective of Administrative wing and undertake the task in the following manner.

There are five disciplines in the research wing in separate gradation list which are as follows.

                                        

Sl.No.

 Service / Cadre name

Pay Scale

 Sanctioned Strength

Un-Revised

Revised (ROPA A2009)

1 West Bengal AgriculturalService (Research) Scale  No. 16  Pay Band 4 with Grade Pay Rs. 5400/-

126

2 West Bengal Higher AgriculturalService (Research) Grade II Scale  No.17  Pay Band 4 with Grade Pay Rs. 6600/-

43

3  West Bengal Higher AgriculturalService (Research) Grade I  Scale  No.18 Pay Band 4B with Grade Pay Rs. 7600/-

8

4 Above/Ex Cadre Post – AdditionalDirector of Agriculture (Research) Scale  No.19 Pay Band 5 with Grade Pay Rs 8700/-

1

     

TOTAL                   

178

 

   The posts in the services of Research wing are classified discipline wise and are not interchangeable from one to another under the existing Recruitment rules. The entry point is in the unrevised scale no.16 / Pay Band 4A with Grade Pay Rs. 5400/- (ROPA 2009) with two higher initial increments. The officers of the Service/ wing have promotional opportunity to the corresponding unrevised scale of pay No. 17 / Pay Band 4A with Grade Pay Rs. 6600/-(ROPA 2009), unrevised scale of pay No. 18 / Pay Band 4B with Grade Pay Rs. 7600/-(ROPA 2009) and unrevised scale of pay No.19  / Pay Band 5 with Grade Pay Rs. 8700/-(ROPA 2009) which are being filled up by 100 % promotion from the basic grade (i.e. unrevised scale no.16 & Pay Band 4A with Grade Pay Rs. 5400/- (ROPA 2009).

The senior most officers from any of the five disciplines as shown below, who is in the unrevised scale of pay No. 18 / Pay Band 4B with Grade Pay Rs. 7600/-(ROPA 2009)  gets promotion to the post of Additional Director of Agriculture (Research), in the scale no. 19 / Pay Band 5 with Grade Pay Rs.8700/-(ROPA 2009). The discipline wise numbers of sanctioned posts in different pay scales are furnished below.The senior most officers from any of the five disciplines as shown below, who is in the unrevised scale of pay No. 18 / Pay Band 4A with Grade Pay Rs. 7600/-(ROPA 2009)  gets promotion to the post of Additional Director of Agriculture (Research), in the scale no. 19 / Pay Band 5 with Grade Pay Rs.8700/-(ROPA 2009). The discipline wise numbers of sanctioned posts in different pay scales are furnished below.

                  

Sl. No. Discipline unrevised scale of pay no.16/ Pay Band 4 & Grade Pay Rs. 5400/-

(ROPA 2009)

unrevised scale of pay No. 17 / Pay Band 4A & Grade Pay Rs. 6600/

(ROPA 2009)

unrevised scale of pay No. 18 / Pay Band 4B & Grade Pay Rs. 7600/-(ROPA 2009) unrevised scale of pay No.19  / Pay Band 5 & Grade Pay Rs. 8700/-(ROPA 2009)  Total
1 Mycology & Plant Pathology 16 5 1 - 22
2 Entomology 14 5 1 - 21
3 Agronomy 13 6 2 - 21
4 Chemistry 35 12 1 - 48
5 Botany 48 14 2 - 64
6 Non-Discipline     1 1 2
  TOTAL 126 43 8 1 178

While integrating the various cadres into a single unified service as West Bengal Agricultural Service (Research), an uniform pattern of designation / nomenclature of posts borne in various scale of pay may be made in the following manner.

Proposed name of Service Existing Pay scale No.  Discipline wise present designations Proposed

Designation

West Bengal Agricultural Service (Research)

 

Unrevised scale no.16 / Pay Band 4A & Grade Pay Rs. 5400/- (ROPA 2009)  Botany : Assistant Botanist, Seed Testing Officer Scientist
Mycology and Plant Pathology: Assistant Mycologist, Assistant Plant Pathologist
Entomology : Assistant Entomologist
Chemistry: Assistant Agricultural Chemist, Assistant Soil Physicist, Junior Soil Chemist, Soil Chemist & Ex-Officio Assistant Agricultural Chemist, Analytical Chemist
Agronomy: Assistant Agronomist

Unrevised scale of pay No. 17 & Pay Band 4A & Grade Pay

Rs. 6600/-(ROPA 2009)

 

Botany: Economic Botanist-I, Economic Botanist-II, Economic Botanist-III, Economic Botanist-IV, Economic Botanist-V, Chief Seed Testing Officer and Ex-Officio Economic  Botanist – VI, Economic Botanist-VII, Economic Botanist- VIII, Economic Botanist-IX, Rice Breeder, Rice Physiologist, Oilseed Breeder, Wheat Specialist

Senior Scientist

Mycology and Plant Pathology: Mycologist, Plant Pathologist

Entomology : Entomologist
Chemistry: Agricultural Chemist, Chief Soil Survey Officer & Ex-Officio Agricultural Chemist
Agronomy : Agronomist
Unrevised scale of pay No. 18 & Pay Band 4B & Grade Pay Rs. 7600/-(ROPA 2009) Botany : Joint Director of Agriculture (Rice Development), Joint Director of Agriculture (Pulses) Principal Scientist
Mycology & Plant Pathology : Joint Director of Agriculture (Mycology and Plant Pathology)
Entomology : Joint Director of Agriculture (Entomology)
Chemistry : Joint Director of Agriculture           (Chemistry)
Agronomy : Chief Agronomist & Ex- Officio Joint Director of Agriculture, Project Officer & Ex-Officio Joint Director of Agriculture
Non- Discipline post : Joint Director of Agriculture (Agriculture)
Unrevised scale of pay No.19  & Pay Band 5 & Grade Pay Rs. 8700/-(ROPA 2009)  Non- Discipline Post : Additional Director of Agriculture (Research)  Additional Director of Agriculture (Research)

 This does not entail any creation of additional posts and there would be no additional financial burden as all the officers are enjoying scale of pay due to MCAS, 2001.Once the integration of various cadres into a single service of WBAS (Research) in the Research wing of the Directorate of Agriculture is arrived at, all appointments to the post of Scientist, Senior Scientist, Principal Scientist and Additional Director of Agriculture, shall be made by transfer on tenure appointment from one post to another by observing principle of seniority cum merit within the discipline.

Creation of Discipline wise one post of “Additional Director of Agriculture” by surrendering equal number of posts in Basic Grade :

The following five posts of Additional Director of Agriculture, one in each discipline, need to be created in pay scale No. 19, for smooth functioning of research work in the field of agriculture in the State of West Bengal.

Sl. No.

Discipline

Proposed Designation in scale no. 19

1 Botany Additional Director of Agriculture (Crop Improvement)
2 Mycology and Plant Pathology Additional Director of Agriculture ( Disease Management)
3 Entomology  Additional Director of Agriculture ( Insect Pest Management)
4 Chemistry Additional Director of Agriculture (Soil Science)
5  Agronomy Additional Director of Agriculture (Resource management)

                        

With creation of the post of Additional Director of Agriculture, discipline wise total strength in Research Wing of Agriculture Directorate remains unchanged, envisaging reduction of posts borne in the basic grade.

 

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