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JAMMU: Jammu & Kashmir Agriculture Technocrat Association working Committee held a meeting under the chairmanship of Gurmeet Singh wherein all core Committee members including President Vinod Sharma and Vice presidents Harmeet Singh and Rajinder Singh Jasrotia were present. Kashmir Division President Junaied Shah attended the meeting virtually.During the meeting, all participants expressed resentment on the letter issued by Director Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Jammu for seeking present place of posting details of Agriculture Extension Assistants from Sr no 149 to 433 for DPC/ OPG purpose vide order no Agri/DAJ/Estt-1/2021/1228-37, dated 21.06.2021. The working committee members apprehended that it would only create force that will be kept for doing nothing.Speaking on the occasion, the members said, “At present there are 2 Non -Gazetted cadre of Agriculture graduates in the subordinate services of J&K (UT) viz. Agriculture Extension Assistants (AEA) at panchayat level and Junior Agriculture Extension Officers (JAEOs) at circle level (Group of 2-3 villages comprising of 500-800 Farm Operating Families – FoFs). The mentioned 2 Cadres in subordinate service have the same basic qualification i.e. B.Sc. Agriculture Degree and also have the same job profile of Agriculture Extension. The similar nature of duty of two cadre requires revisiting the organisational hierarchy by merger of the posts of at the level of AEA, JAEO (NG) and AEO (Gaz) and its rationalisation for optimal output, but resent development is going increase hierarchy and government exchequer.”The J&KATA Working Committee urged Principal Secretary Agriculture Production Department Naveen Kumar Choudhary for implementation the report of committee constituted vide Govt order no 150-JK(AGRI) of 2020 dated 07.08.2020 under Chairmanship of Director command Area Development in which the Committee strongly recommended the merger of two cadres vide number CAD/2020-21/AEA/JAEO/159-163 dated 02.03.2021 so that burning demand of merger of cadres of Agriculture Extension Assistant and Junior Agriculture Extension officer can be fulfilled at an earliestOther members present in the meeting included Raj Bamral, Satvinder Sony, Sabdesh Khajuria and Ramandeep Singh.
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