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RESOLUTION  ADOPTED AT 7th BIENNIAL GENERAL MEETING (23rd & 24th  February,2019 )

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 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 Government 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 already been awarded by the Finance Dept.

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 rationalized 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 Unified Cadre 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 Government in the recent past.

The Administrative Department had submitted the proposal long back 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 does not inflict any additional financial imposition upon the state exchequer.

 

2.    Restructuring of the Directorate of Agriculture:

A. Administrative Wing:

Existing distribution of posts of W.B.A.S. (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 harmony 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 Unified Cadre 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 2009)

1

West Bengal Agricultural Service (Research)

Scale  No. 16

Pay Band 4 with Grade Pay Rs. 5400/-

128

2

West Bengal Higher Agricultural Service (Research) Grade II        

 Scale  No.17

Pay Band 4 with Grade Pay Rs. 6600/-

43

3

West Bengal Higher Agricultural Service (Research) Grade I   

 Scale  No.18

Pay Band 4B with Grade Pay Rs. 7600/-

8

4

Above/Ex Cadre Post – Additional Director of Agriculture (Research)

 Scale  No.19

Pay Band 5 with Grade Pay Rs. 8700/-

1

TOTAL

180

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.  

 

Sl. No.

Discipline

Scale of pay

Total

unrevised scale no.16 /

Pay Band 4A & 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)

1

Mycology & Plant Pathology

16

5

1

-

22

2

Entomology

14

6

1

-

21

3

Agronomy

13

6

2

-

21

4

Chemistry

35

12

1

-

48

5

Botany

50

14

2

-

66

6

Non- discipline

-

-

1

1

2

TOTAL

126

43

8

1

180

 

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 with 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

West Bengal Agricultural Service

(Research)

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

West Bengal Agricultural Service

(Research)

Unrevised scale of pay No. 18 & Pay Band 4B with 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)

West Bengal Agricultural Service   (Research)

Unrevised scale of pay No.19  & Pay Band 5 with Grade Pay Rs. 8700/-(ROPA 2009)

Non- Discipline Post : Additional Director of Agriculture (Research)

Additional Director of Agriculture (Research)

 

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.

 

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