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8.  Proper manning of the Office of the Deputy Director of Agriculture (Administration) Uttar Dinajpur, Burdwan and Howrah and Asstt. Director of Agricultural (Admn.) Office, Egra :

It is quite imperative that creation of Agricultural Districts and Sub-Division without providing adequate manpower does hardly serve any purpose. The office of the Deputy Director of Agriculture (Administration) Uttar Dinajpur, Burdwan and Howrah and Asstt. Director of Agriculture (Admn.), Egra have inadequately manned. The Association demands strengthening of those offices immediately.

9.  Registration of Agricultural Technologists as Crop Doctor :

Following constant persuasion of the Association, the Government constituted a high powered core committee with terms of reference and the said core committee has already submitted a draft bill for formation of Agricultural Council. The said bill, as learnt, is under observation of the Department of Law, Government of West Bengal.

The Association demands immediate formation of the said council. National Commission for farmers in its revised policy document has already recommended formation of All India Agricultural Council. The Association therefore appeals to the State Govt. through State Commission for Farmers for immediate formation of State Agricultural Council and thereby take an exemplary step.

10. Establishment of “KRISHI BHAVAN” at the State, District, Sub-Division and Block Levels :

Although through intervention of the Government, “ Krishi Bhavan” have been established in some of the Districts, the Association demands that Government should take appropriate action for establishment of “Krishi Bhavan” in all the Blocks, Sub-Divisions, Districts and at the State level to facilitate infra-structural development. Most of the rented office premises are located in shabby areas and buildings and are facing eviction order due to want of sufficient fund on rents. Also, a huge fund, now spent on rents from the Government exchequer, can be saved. In order to overcome all these problems, planned construction of ‘Krishi Bhavan’ should be prioritized.

11. Creation of new Sub-Divisions and Blocks at par with Administrative set up of Home Department :

Association demands for immediate creation of Sub-Divisions and Blocks at par with Administrative set up for all round uniform agricultural development in the State with proper manning in all categories of staff in the newly created Sub-Divisions and Blocks.

12. Establishment of information Technology Set up at State, District and Block level :

Although Government has taken some positive steps in this aspect, e-connection could not yet be set up the Block level offices with State Headquarters, set aside Govt. of India. The Association demands immediate steps in this aspect for speedy disposal of reports and returns.

The SATSA, West Bengal also demands for immediate establishment of Information Communication Technology set up for development of Management of Information System (MIS) at State, District, Sub-Division and Block level. All these posts may be manned by the Technical Officers of the Directorate of Agriculture enjoying comparable scale of pay.

13. Specific Issues of the Research Wing : 

    a) Declaration of a clear cut Agricultural Research Policy by the State Government in the light of G.O. No. 4528-Res./7C-1/83 dated 28.03.1983 – The State Research wing of the Department of Agriculture requires more funding and man power to improve the quality of Research work. It is observed with great concern that the Research wing fails to get the financial assistance from the allocation of plan budget as matching grant and subsequently from the centrally fund, which is generally mooted through the ICAR. Under these circumstances, SATSA, WB demands a crystal clear Research Policy (Adaptive/ Applied / Fundamental) to do justice to the individual skills and intellects of the Research Personnel.

    b) Extension of Research facilities as prevailing in ICAR- According to the National Policy of Agriculture (NARP) Agriculture Research has been transferred to the State Agriculture Universities expecting in our State. The scientists serving in Research wing of the Directorate are carrying out the same research work as the scientists are doing in the State Agricultural Universities or Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Institutes. SATSA, WB demands that the officers serving in the Research wing of Agriculture Department, Govt. of West Bengal be provided the same facilities as prevail in ICAR system.

    The main demands in this respect are :

    i) Allowance for publishing research paper in scientific journals / Periodicals.

ii)      Special provision of funds including drawal of advance to attend workshop / seminars outside and inside the State or abroad which includes registration charges and travelling expenses.

iii)     The scientists serving in the research wing of Agriculture Department, Govt. of West Bengal be given necessary permission to undertake projects funded by public and private sector. The concerned scientist should also be given necessary permission to act as Principal Investigator for effective and proper utilization of the fund.

iv)      Every Research Station should be manned with human resources covering experts of all disciplines for comprehensive development.

v) To transfer Research Wing in the SAUs in the perspective of NARP with suitable protection of service conditions.

vi)      Transferring some existing posts of WBAS (Research) for strengthening the Bio-Control Laboratories at Tollygunj and Coochbehar. The SATSA, West Bengal demands that the Bio-Control Laboratories at Tollygunj and Coochbehar should be enriched with some Research personnel from the disciplines of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Soil Chemistry for effective running of these laboratories.

 

14. Conferring Drawing and Disbursing Power to A.D.As :

In view of the increasing importance of works and schemes, all officers up to Block level and Farm should immediately be manned fully with proper decentralization of Administration & Financial powers. The Assistant Director of Agriculture (Block), Soil Conservation Wing and Farms should be declared as DDO with necessary manning as well as transport and ICT facilities to enable them to discharge their duties smoothly. The Association offers objection to the opinion of the Government for declaring Assistant Director of Agriculture as DDOs without sanction of any manpower. As the Directorate recently suffers from huge shortfall of staff, the observation of the Finance Department to manage those staff with existing resources is ridicule. Unless staff is adequately sanctioned, Assistant Director of Agriculture should not be subjected to further humiliation and torture. Further, the Head of the Research substations situated at Bankura, Purulia and Gosaba should be declared as DDO with necessary facilities.

15. Opening of Bank Account of all the DDAs(Admn),Astt DA (Admn)at Sub-Divn; DDA(Seed Certification) and DDO’s of Evaluation section :

A proposal in respect of opening of bank account of all Asst. D.A (Admn) at Sub-Divn level is under process. The Association demands that separate bank accounts are urgently to be opened at all the above mentioned head of offices in the backdrop of direct flow of fund in number of schemes/ programme going on under the Directorate as well as smooth functioning of those programmes/schemes.

16. Opening new avenues for Agricultural Technologists :

16.1 About 300 Agricultural Graduates emerge annually from BCKV, Pally Siksha Bhavan, Visva Bharati and UBKV but their employment at State Agricultural Department is limited.

16.2 The Association demands that suitable amendment in the Recruitment Rule may be made in the other branches of Agriculture Department such as Evaluation, Meteorology, Agricultural Marketing, Financial Institute like Bank, Co-operative, CADC, DRDC, Rural Development etc.

16.3 Generation of Employment opportunity in schools by introducing courses on Agriculture can well be taken up into consideration to make available the modern Agricultural Technical knowhow at the door step of farmers.

16.4 In this respect it will not be out of place to mention here that the posts in DRDC should be manned with the Agricultural Technologists so that Agriculture sector gets maximum priority in Rural Development.

 

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