Pensioners and casual labours to get payment earlier than regular staff; BAU VC
Ranchi, Sept 23
Taking prompt step on resolving the issue of long awaited wage and monthly pension of casual staff as well as retired personnel, the newly appointed Birsa Agricultural University (BAU) Vice Chancellor Onkar Nath Singh has hired a Comptroller who joined on Tuesday.
Interestingly, Singh who himself took the official VC charge on Saturday, has taken the matter of delayed payments as an immediate priority. Talking to media persons today, he informed RK Verma has joined as Comptroller to manage the pending payments of casual staff and pensioners.
Also, he announced that these staff will receive their monthly pension and wages earlier than payment of salaries to regular staff. “I will ensure that my monthly salary is credited after pensioners and casual staff as their monetary needs is more urgent,” he said.
He said that he would soon meet the Governor and Chief Minister with a request to use his good offices for expediting the process of recruitment of BAU teachers and scientists by Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) as the acute shortage of scientific hands was adversely affecting the teaching, research and extension education works of the institution.
“As students are the brand ambassadors of any institution of higher learning, our special thrust will be on producing quality graduates and postgraduates who could excel at competitive examinations for jobs and PG or Ph D entrance tests of leading universities and business schools of the country and abroad,” Singh mentioned.
For technical up gradation, at least one teacher of every department will be sent to leading agricultural universities like Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore to have a firsthand experience of the teaching practices and laboratories of those institutions.
Outcomes of different research projects funded by ICAR, State Government and other national-international agencies were being reviewed and work plan for transferring the suitable technologies to farmers’ fields will be finalized soon in consultation with the Director Research and Director Extension Education of the University, the VC added.
Topography of Jharkhand and awareness level and holding size of its farmers is different from those of agricultural majors like Punjab and Haryana so different set of farm technologies are required for them.
The University will also try to increase farmers’ productivity and income through the project ‘Bringing green revolution in eastern India (BGREI), started by the central government about a decade ago when Former president Pranab Mukherjee was the Finance Minister, said Singh.
Singh announced to launch ‘Birsa seed coverage programme’ through 16 district-level Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) working under its control from the coming Rabi season which arrives around November. 25 farmers of each KVK will be provided with two kg seed of improved variety of wheat and rice to assess its performance in their fields and management conditions. Scientific guidance will also be provided as follow up to the selected farmers from sowing to harvesting.
“Looking at the progress of this coverage programme, we shall switch to other crop variety distribution,” added the VC.