SRINAGAR: The government Monday constituted a three-member committee that would work out details for reorganisation of the department of Horticulture.
The decision to formulate the committee was taken in a meeting held here under the chairmanship of the Minister for Horticulture, Abdul Rehman Veeri, an official release said here.
“…a 3-member committee comprising Director Horticulture Planning and Marketing and Directors of Horticulture for Kashmir and Jammu divisions was constituted. It would work out details for reorganisation of the department and submit the same to the government within one month for further necessary action,” it said.
The Commissioner Secretary Agriculture Production, Director Horticulture Planning and Marketing, and Director Horticulture Kashmir were present in the meeting, it said.
Horticulture is a key component of state’s economy, generating an annual income of Rs 5,000 crore. It constitutes about 7 per cent of GSDP of the state, with about 33 lakh souls, comprising of 7 lakh families, directly involved with this sector.
The ruling coalition, since it assumed office, has been assuring a series of measures to boost the horticulture sector. Besides import of high-yielding rootstocks from Europe and seeking technical expertise from countries like Netherlands, these include reorganisation of horticulture department and filling up of the vacancies in it.
Veeri, while addressing the meeting, reiterated, “The government is contemplating reorganisation of Horticulture department to give boost to horticulture production in the state”.
Meanwhile, a deputation of horticulture employees called on Veeri and put forth their demands, which, besides reorganisation of the department, include removal of pay anomaly and amendment in recruitment rules.
Responding to the demands of the employees, Veeri said the development of horticulture sector was “the top priority” of the government and that several “innovative initiatives” have been taken.
“Decision for reorganisation of the department is under active consideration of the government,” he said, assuring the employees that their genuine demands would be looked into on priority.
A deputation of Fruit Growers and Traders Association Sopore, led by its President Fayaz Ahmed Dar, also met the minister and demanded development of the Fruit Mandi at Sopore.
They asked the minister to provide the Mandi with drinking water, healthcare, and transport facilities.
The minister told them that a cold storage and grading and packing centre would be soon constructed in the Mandi. He said all necessary basic facilities would also be improved and upgraded.
He said he has asked traffic police to allow the fruit-laden trucks on Srinagar-Jammu highway without any inconvenience.