Updated on 6 May 2021, 7:04 pm
The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), Manipur Prant demanded the authority concerned to appoint a professional expert for the post of director in the Agriculture department and bring an amicable solution for the ongoing agitation launched by employees of the department.
Addressing the media persons through an audio release, general secretary of BKS, Manipur Prant, Telem Dara said that considering agriculture as a primary source of income of the country, the central government has been taking various welfare programmes for farmers with the vision to double the farmers' income by 2022. The government had earlier directed every state to appoint only experts in the agricultural field as a director of the agriculture department, he added.
He continued that the notification was issued in 2017, but sidelining the order and appointing a director from an administrative background for the said department of the state is unfortunate. The state government should revoke the order at the earliest as the season for agriculture is approaching.
In order to bring major agricultural improvement, there is a strong need to lead the department by a person who had excelled in this said subject, he suggested.
Mentioning that Chief Minister N Biren Singh frequently addresses the farmer's problem in the right time, Dara said that there was an issue of shortage of fertilisers in 2017 and the CM took prompt action. Again in 2018, there was a drought-like situation and some possible support was extended. It would be a great pleasure for the employees of the department and farmers if the ongoing agitation is also addressed in that manner, he added.
Pointing out some other problems faced by the farmers, he said that as the major parts of the country are focusing to promote agriculture, it requires sufficient availability of fertilisers and seeds for the farmers at the right time. Farmers of the state are still facing difficulties in getting such basic needs every year, he added.
The state government should focus on availing the entire requirements to their nearest point at least at Panchayat Ghar, he suggested.
He also said that around 90 per cent of the farmers of the state are tenants and they are not getting any benefits like other farmers in the country. The state government should consider providing constitutional safeguard to them, said Dara.
First published:6 May 2021, 7:04 pm