1,987 posts for scientists vacant in ICAR
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Last Updated: Monday, May 03, 2010, 21:51
New Delhi: A Parliamentary Committee on Monday expressed concern over the 1,987 posts for scientists lying vacant in the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and wondered how the government expected the ICAR to perform without adequate human resources.

"The committee are greatly concerned to note that as on date, positions of 655 scientists, 1,010 senior scientists and 322 principal scientists, including research management positions, are vacant," the Committee on Agriculture said in a report tabled in the Lok Sabha.

The committee, headed by Basudeb Acharia, also pointed out that so many vacancies would definitely affect the functioning of ICAR "adversely".

The panel said it wondered "how the government expects the council to deliver without even their personnel requirements being met."

ICAR, an autonomous organisation under the Agriculture Ministry, is the apex body for coordinating, guiding and managing research and education in agriculture, including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences.

The committee has been informed that the ICAR is in the process of recruiting 700-800 scientists, the report said.

The panel advised the ministry to expedite the process and also asked that the remaining vacancies be filled on a priority basis "so that the research and development activities in the agriculture sector are not adversely affected."

Suggesting a solution to this manpower shortage, the committee has asked the ICAR to evolve a well-planned strategy to augment its human resources and submit the same within three months.

In its report, the committee suggested that the ICAR further incentivise the positions in its institutions and ensure "a conducive and transparent work environment and career progression."

The committee also expressed dissatisfaction with the present system of measuring growth of agriculture merely on the basis of foodgrain production.

"They feel that unless the carry-home income of farmers is also not factored in, a fair assessment of the achievements and development of the agriculture sector will not be complete," the report said.

Accordingly, the committee has recommended that the ministry work out some models to generate some aggregate measure of farmers' income "so that necessary steps to initiate correctives are taken accordingly."


First Published: Monday, May 03, 2010, 21:51

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