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8.    Formation of Agriculture Council of West Bengal as a step towards 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 long back and the said core committee has already submitted a draft bill for formation of Agriculture Council of West Bengal, the fate of the same is unexplained till now.

ICAR, vide F. No. Edn/13/1/2016-HRD dated 06.10.2016, declared UG degrees in Agriculture and Allied subjects as Professional Degree.

The Association demands immediate formation of the said council. National Commission for farmers in its revised policy document has already recommended formation Agriculture Council of India. The Association therefore appeals to the State Govt. through State Commission for Farmers for immediate formation of Agriculture Council of West Bengal and thereby take an exemplary step towards Registration of Agricultural Technologists as Crop Doctor.

9.    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 for 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.

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

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

11. Creation of offices of Soil Conservation Wing in four newly created Agricultural Districts:

 The association demands for creation of offices of the Deputy Director of Agriculture under Soil Conservation wing in four newly created Agricultural Districts of Alipurduar, Kalimpong, Jhargram and Paschim Bardhaman with proper manning.

12.  Specific Issues of the Research Wing: 

        a)  Publication of Agricultural Research Policy 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 central 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)  Provision of Research facilities as prevailing in ICAR:

       According to the National Policy of Agriculture (NARP), Agricultural Research has been transferred to the State Agriculture Universities except West Bengal. 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 are prevailing in ICAR system.

           The main demands in this respect are:

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

      ii) Special provision of funds including drawal of advance to attend workshop / seminar/ symposium 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 scientists 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)Establishment of Bio-Control Lab at Coochbehar with proper manpower.

       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.

c) Transfer of Research Wing of the State Agriculture Department to the SAUs:

   Research Wing of the State Agriculture Department should be transferred to the SAUs in the perspective of NARP with suitable protection of service conditions.

13.    Conferring Drawing and Disbursing Power to Assistant Director of

      Agriculture posted as head of office at Block, Farm, Soil

      Conservation and some Research Stations:

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 posted at Blocks, Farms and Soil Conservation Wing should be declared as DDO with necessary manning as well as transport and ICT facilities to enable them to discharge their duties smoothly.

As the Directorate recently suffers from huge shortfall of staff, the observation of the Finance Department to arrange those staff from existing resources is ridiculous. 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 infrastructure and manpower.

 

14.  Opening of Bank Account of Asstt. DA (Admn.)of all the Sub-Divisions and DDO’s of Evaluation Wing :

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/programmes/FOAP/EPF going on under the Directorate as well as smooth functioning of those programmes/schemes.

15.  Opening new avenues for Agricultural Technologists:

15.1 About 350 Agricultural Graduates emerge annually from BCKV, UBKV and Palli Siksha Bhavan, Visva Bharati but their employment at State Agricultural Department is limited.

15.2 The Association demands that suitable amendment in the Recruitment Rule may be made in other branches of Agriculture Department such as Evaluation, Meteorology, Agricultural Marketing, Financial Institutes like Banks, Co-operatives, CADC, DRDA, Rural Development etc.

15.3 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.

 

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