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3.  Creation of Discipline wise separate Directorate under the Department of Agriculture :

The Agriculture Department is at present shouldering the herculean task of various departmental aspects of Agriculture of the State with the help of a single Directorate even at this stage when multifaceted approach for overall Crop Production is necessary. Handling of Agriculture Research, Soil and Water Conservation, Plant Protection, Seed Production and Quality Control, Transfer of Technology and Extension for the State as a whole by a single Directorate set up  has already proved to be inadequate to deliver the goods in terms of our needs.

There is no dispute that availability of land will inevitably be decreased due to urbanization, industrialization and other causes. This will certainly call for efficient use of every square inch of land as well as conversion of non- agricultural land to agriculture in course of time. Water is also another gradually limiting input. Seed, the most important input is becoming the weapon for economic supremacy. Endowed with diverse agro-climate, seed production potential of our State requires to be harnessed.

In order to use every square inch of land efficiently, to generate more crop per drop of water and to harvest the seed production potential, the time is fitting for restructuring the present set up of the Department by creating several Directorates as mentioned below and elevating the post of Director of Agriculture & Ex-Officio Secretary as Director General of Agriculture, West Bengal & E O Secy. This restructuring will devolve funds and function in the specific areas of activities and facilitate timely supervision and monitoring for achieving the ultimate objectives.

The Association therefore likes to propose again for creation of seven (7) no. of separate Directorates as mentioned below under overall supervision and control of the Director General of Agriculture, West Bengal & E O S by renaming the existing post of the Director of Agriculture & Ex-Officio Secretary.

Creation of seven posts of Director of Agriculture , West Bengal in the existing Pre-revised  pay scale no. 20 (Rs. 16400-450-20000 /-) i.e. Pay Band 5 Grade Pay Rs. 8900/-(ROPA 2009) by reducing the same number of posts in the basic grade in scale no. 16 in the following manner.

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Proposed Designation

Overall in charge of and will report to the Director General of Agriculture, West Bengal

A.

IN  ADMINISTRATIVE  WING

1

Director of Agriculture (Extension & Training) West Bengal

Technology Dissemination, Human Resource Development, Disaster Management etc.

2 Director of Agriculture (Food Grain Production) West Bengal

Development of food crops like cereals, pulse and oilseeds, adaptive research on food crops etc.

3 Director of Agriculture (Commercial Crops) West Bengal

Production and development of Jute, Cotton and other fibre crops in addition to potato and other  tuber crops.

4 Director of Agriculture  (Soil & Water Conservation) West Bengal

Soil and Water conservation, watershed management etc.

5 Director of Agriculture (Inputs) West Bengal

Distribution and Quality control of all agricultural  inputs like seeds, fertilizers, micro-nutrients, organic manures, pesticides, farm implements etc.

6 Director of Agriculture  (Administration)  West Bengal

General Administration of the Directorate of Agriculture, cadre/ service maintaining cells etc.

B.

IN  RESEARCH  WING

1 Director of Agriculture (Research) West Bengal

Plan and execute programmes to bridge the gap between the potential and actual production, research programme (fundamental as well as Adaptive research) in the fields of Agriculture.

 

   The Director General of West Bengal should be appointed by the P.S.C, W.B amongst above seven Directors of Agriculture on the basis of seniority cum merit.

4.  Change of Recruitment Rules for appointment to the post of Director of Agriculture :

The Association, since long, has been pressing hard to the Government for change of Recruitment

Rules of Directorate of Agriculture, West Bengal. The rights as enshrined in Notification No. 9997 – Estab Dated 30.10.1980 had been pulled off for vested interest and in term a Notification  vide No. 2523- Estab 05.04.1988 had been put in to operation during 1988, annulling the aforesaid rights for appointment to the post of Director of Agriculture, West Bengal from amongst the senior most Additional Directors of Agriculture.

The Recruitment Rules, as on date, does not protect the rights of the Additional Directors of Agriculture to be promoted as Director of Agriculture, West Bengal; rather it has been let open for lateral entry of persons without even a basic degree in Agriculture.

The Association observes delaying attitude of the Government, despite approval of the Minister in-Charge, Agriculture to the effect that Director of Agriculture, West Bengal must possess a basic degree in Agriculture.

The Association demands immediate annulment of Notification No. 2523 – Estab dated 05.04.1988 and corroboration of Notification No. 9997 – Estab dated 30.10.1980.

5.  Publication of Recruitment Rule for appointment to the post of Directorate of Agriculture & Ex-Officio Secretary, Department of Agriculture :

The Association has observed the Recruitment Rule for appointment to the post of Director of Agriculture & Ex-Officio Secretary, Department of Agriculture published vide No. 4661-PAR (IAS) dated 02.08.91 has been amended and consultancy of the P.S.C., W.B. and a recommendation from it has been made  a mandatory requirement. Subsequently, appointment to the post of Director of Agriculture, W.B. will be undertaken following approval of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, West Bengal. Conferment of Ex-Officio Secretary designation will be taken up by the Home (P & AR) Department subsequently as a separate issue.

For the sake of transparency and records, the Association demands immediate publication of the amended Rules and Procedure for appointment to the said post.

6.  Manning of the posts by Agricultural Technologists which are now manned by Administrative officers :

As has been done in the Health Department, following posts in the Agriculture Department should be manned by the Senior Technical Officers of the Agriculture Directorate to accelerate the pace of work and easy understanding of the proposals. The important decisions in the files are either delayed or denied by the officers concerned only due lack Agriculture background. As such, the Association demands that the following posts in the Agriculture Department should be, manned by the Officers from Agriculture Directorate with Agriculture background.

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 Posts to be filled up by the Officers from Directorate of Agriculture

1

Joint Secretary (Development)

2

Deputy Secretary (Budget & Planning)

3

Deputy Secretary ( Inputs)

     

Besides, there is no technical officer in the Agriculture Department to assist the Principal Secretary in respect of Technical matters. Therefore, it is the demand of the Association that a new post of Special Secretary (Technical) should be created and filled up by a senior WBHAS Grade –I officer of the Directorate.

7.  Strengthening of the State Seed Certification Agency :

Quality seed is one of the basic inputs for development in Agriculture. To sustain agricultural production, and also to achieve self-sufficiency in seed production as well as 4% growth rate in agricultural production in West Bengal, due importance should be given to production in West Bengal, due importance should be given to production & timely distribution of improved seeds among the farming community. With these objectives, Despite establishment of West Bengal State Seed Certification Agency in 1983, the desired output could not harnessed. At the time, only 300 ha was under seed certification programme in the State. Now the area coverage under seed certification has been increased by nearly 60 times. But neither a single staff nor any infrastructural facility has been provided to strengthen the W.B. State Seed Certification Agency. Due to this acute shortage of staff & facilities to the agency, the officials of this agency have to work with a tremendous work load for which the quality seed production programme of this State is being hampered to a great extent and the farming community is also suffering a lot.

The Association demands that, West Bengal State Seed Certification should be strengthened immediately as per the need of the Seed Industries and the farming community of the State.

 

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