By: Iftikhar Ahmed:
Balochistan Agriculture Officers are highly obliged to Chief Minster Balochistan Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, Minister Agriculture, Mir Asad Ullah Baloch, Secretary Agriculture Mr. Umeed Ali kokar, Balochistan Agriculture Officers Association’s president Dr Qasim Kakar, General Secretary Shakeel Zehri and all others that rendered efforts in the approval of the Four Tier system. Hopefully the said service structure may diminish the prevailing frustrations amongst the agriculture officers.
This will boost the performance of agriculture department
This may increase the performance of the overall agriculture department. Currently agriculture is the least privileged department of the province though major segment of the population is directly or indirectly dependent upon the agriculture. Agriculture must be given due respect and importance for the survival of the masses.
The longtime lingering demand of Four Tier Service Structure is the most effective apparatus that would not only strengthen the Department but also would benefit the officers in order to maintain smooth, timely and regular flow of promotions.
Through four-tier service, officers to get promotion chances
Absence of Four Tier Service Structure is one of the main hindrances in the progress of the Agriculture Department because chances of promotions are limited and large number of officers presently retired in the same grade wherein they were appointed. However, through the implementation of the Four Tier Structure, officers might get equal promotional chances in a flow, as timely as officers in the other departments of the province. Fortunately, financial impacts of the four tiers upon the department are so meager.
Discrimination with the agriculture professionals
There is terrible discrimination with the agriculture professionals rather with agriculture altogether as in the entire service most of the officers hardly avail only one promotion which is totally against the equity, fundamental right and natural justice. Pakistan is an agricultural country; presently it contributes 19.2 percent to the GDP and provides employment to around 38.5 percent of the labour force. More than 65-70 percent of the population depends on agriculture. It is suffice to mention that from 1960 to 2018 agriculture was contributing 27.38% to GDP with a minimum of 20.22% at the lowest.
These figure show diminishing trend for the last few decades because agriculture and agriculture professionals/officers have not been given due respect. The officers with inferior qualification and technical knowledge, as compared to agriculture professional, in other departments are bestowed with attractive service careers. They are given several promotions in the service moreover there is huge difference in the allowances, perks and privileges; agriculture department has kept deprived from all these allowances, perks and privileges which is badly affecting the overall agriculture in the province. These discriminations are potentially exponential which is intensifying the magnitude of the frustration amongst the agriculture professionals.
Agriculture sector plays a key role in the development of Balochistan
The progress of the agriculture in province, the same is highly dependent on the agro-professionals so it is obligatory that the agriculture professionals must be given due privileges. The delightful agriculture officers mean advanced agriculture in the province. Hopefully this service structure would bring new wave of happiness and joy amongst the officer. The perks and privileges would also be increased , ultimately they would multiply their efforts for the progress and prosperity of the agriculture in the province.