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21. Provisions at the GTA :  The Association upholds that Agriculture in Hilly zone is the main stay of sustenance of the populace. It is imperative therefore that Agriculture should be this core area of all developmental interventions. In these perspective, the Association places demands for :

    a) The Deputy Director of Agriculture (Administration) Darjeeling should be treated as Ex-officio Secretary of Agriculture Department of the GTA and should execute all Administrative and Financial powers in place of the existing Secretary (WBCS) due to technicalities of job.

    b) Formation of a new post of Deputy Director of Agriculture (Training) Hill zone in the Agricultural Training Centre, Kalimpong, Darjeeling for efficient discharge in capacity building of the Hill people. One post of Assistant Director of Agriculture (Training) of ATC Kalimpong may be surrendered and simultaneously upgraded to Deputy Director of Agriculture (Training)for which there will be no financial burden to the Government.

    c) The vacant post of Research Officer at “Potato Research and Experimental Farm”, Bhanjan, Darjeeling should be upgraded to Assistant Botanist in WBAS (Research) to undertake immediate research on potato wart diseases which is prevalent in the hills. This farm has the facility to produce foundation seed of Potato by way of strengthening its research work on Wart in particular. The new varieties suitable for West Bengal can also be evolved like Kufri of Himachal Pradesh.

    d) The post of Agril. Chemist, STL, Kalimpong was surrendered along with other 02 (two) posts of Agril. Chemists during re-orientation of Chemistry and other disciplines long back. As such, the present post of Assistant Agril. Chemist, STL, Kalimpong requires to be declared as Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) of the said office for smooth functioning.

22. Creation of one post of Deputy Director of Agriculture at Zilla Parishad of each District and at Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad : The Association demands that for better co-ordination between the district administration and district agriculture office, one post in the rank of Deputy Director of Agriculture should immediately be created at each Zilla Parishad and Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad.

23. Creation of one post of Deputy Project Director (ATMA) and 2 posts of Dy PDs (ATMA) at district level : The prevailing Agricultural Extension set up established under World Bank Project has become weak due to insufficient manpower inter alia. To over come this deficiency Govt. Of India has introduced the modified SSEPER from 2005-06 but this work also could not get due momentum for want of job specific manpower.

      SATSA demands that one post of Project Director (ATMA) and two post of Deputy Project Director (ATMA) be created and recruited as per provision of modified ATMA guideline to strengthen the agricultural Extension System.


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