Fill up vacant agri posts: CAG
By Express News Service - BHUBANESWAR
23rd September 2012 10:49 AM
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has asked the State Government to address the issue of staff shortage, particularly at the level of assistant agricultural officers (AAOs) and village agricultural workers (VAWs), as it has a serious adverse impact on services and training programmes in this sector.
In its report on the agriculture sector in the State, the CAG observed that extension services to the farmers by the Agriculture Department were badly affected due to large-scale vacancies in VAW and AAO posts.
The CAG also advised the State Government to streamline the seed procurement system for preventing procurement and supply of sub-standard seeds. It said an effective monitoring system on procurement of seeds by the Odisha State Seeds Corporation (OSSC) under the Seed Village Scheme should be evolved. Coordination among Agriculture, Water Resources and Revenue departments should be ensured while acquiring agricultural/irrigated land for industrial use, it said.
The CAG said 9,662.45 hectares of private land in 13 districts __ Angul, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Kalahandi, Koraput and Rayagada __ was transferred to industrial houses for setting up industries through land acquisition process without seeking prior approval/concurrence of the Agriculture Department.
- You are aiming high, but beware of marketers selling you as an FMCG
- Deadly year for encephalitis feared in India
- A mobile phone for Kerala CM, finally
- India becomes Kenya's largest Asian trading partner
- Pakistan's Punjab government allocates millions for JuD centre
- Wedlock valid only if consummated: High Court
- Underworld has betting syndicates in vice-like grip
- NCRB report: 1,316 juveniles booked for rape last year
- Indian Coast Guards help rescue 26 crew from shipwreck near Yemen
- Army Major captures 'UFO' in Kerala
- Now pay less for roaming calls, texts
- Callgate: Doctors were prime target for Biju, Saritha Nair
- 73 dead, over 71,000 stranded as rains batter Uttarakhand, UP
- Congress raking up secularism issue to hide its failures: BJP
- Prices of 348 drugs to come down drastically from May 15
- Wedlock valid only if consummated: HC