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Agri department responds to ENSF
Published on 8 Mar. 2011 12:43 AM IST
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Responding to the news item, “ENSF writes to APC, Director Agri Department,” the department of agriculture Kohima has said the statement not only portrayed an “erroneous factual position” but which would lead to unnecessary communication gap.
Director of agriculture & SNO (ATMA) Kohima, A.Y. Ovung clarified that the posts under ATMA, for which advertisement was made in three local dailies for walk in interview, were all under Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) under a specific scheme ATMA. He said that the posts were coterminus with the scheme and that it was for tenure of six months.
It was stated that the posts were to be filled up as per the guidelines and norms fixed by government of India, which included educational qualification, subject of studies and other conditions. It was clarified that the condition of preference for local tribes was given after consultation with government of India in view of the prevailing conditions in the state to ensure justice to all Naga tribes. He said that the advertisement clearly mentioned “preference will be given to the local tribes of the district.”
The director of agriculture also said that there was more than one candidate from Eastern Nagaland and that 10 candidates for different posts who had the requisite qualification were selected.
He said candidates were selected as per merit who had registered and appeared the interview. He also clarified that candidate no. 18 under Block Technology Manager was “very much a registered and qualified candidate.” “If there are any doubts ENSF is welcome to verify the records in the Directorate of Agriculture, the candidates Registration No. was Sl. No. 27,” the agriculture director said.
Further, he clarified that such technical posts under CSS which were targeted against specific scheme and based on qualification and other conditions laid down by government of India, unfortunately cannot have, any reservation as claimed by ENSF.
It was clarified that though M.Sc. Bio Informatics was a highly technical qualification, it did not qualify as agri-allied subject. The interview being walk-in interview all intending candidates were allowed to walk-in after registration of names, the director said.
Stating that selection of candidates was done purely on merit basis, the director said that the merit of selection included his/her performance in the interview, his/her requisite qualifications as per advertisement. He said the department was interested to recruit eligible local tribes having requisite qualifications to work in their respective places of posting, but added the department was helpless if the desired and requisite qualification were not found. The director said that the department cannot go against the guidelines nor could it frame any rule of its own to befit the aspirants. He said that the goal of the scheme would be defeated if recruitment process went wrong.
With regard to the question raised about Ram Saran Sharma, Mechanic cum Driver of KVK Tuensang by the directorate of Agriculture, it was clarified that Sharma’s services used for the implementation of KVK programme in the State. The director of agriculture being the State Nodal Officer of four KVKs managed by the department of Agriculture Nagaland, any staff of KVKs might be temporarily attached to the head office as and when required for the service of KVKs, it was clarified. The agriculture director said therefore, the temporary attachment of Mechanic cum Driver to this Directorate was in the interest of KVK services in the State.

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