Bhubaneswar,23/04 ( Odisha Samachar)- All India Agricultural Students Association has observed Black Day by way of wearing black badges while attending classes in all the Central and State Agricultural Universities and colleges to protest against the anti farm students’ policies of the government.
“The Central government has completely neglected agriculture students communities by eliminating them from the eligibility of INSPIRE fellowship granted by Department of Science and Technology annually to 1000 students in all branches of science including agriculture science for conducting innovative and advance research. The Department of Science and Technology as a nodal Department for formulation of policies of scholarship has discriminated agriculture research scholars by not enhancing their scholarship while the scholarship of students of all other stream have been enhanced by 55% on 21.10.2014 and it has categorically written in the Memorandum dated 21.10.2014 that enhancement rate of scholarship will not be applicable to agriculture research scholars. The scholarship of all other stream of students enhanced twice during 2010 and 2014. The policy division of Ministry of Agriculture snatched away the jobs of forestry students for the posts of Agriculture Finance Officers in Banks recruited through Indian Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) by wrongly recommending the eligibility of AFO as BSc (Agroforestry) instead of BSc (Forestry) as the degree in Agroforestry do not exist in our agriculture education system in the country. The government has not taken any action on the issues (correction of eligibility) raised by AIASA. The government has further discriminated forestry and agriculture students by eliminating them in Indian Forest Service by change of exam pattern by introducing CSAT which favours engineers in IFS. The government has failed to take any action on granting professional status to agriculture and creation of Indian Agriculture Service as requested by AIASA vide Memorandum dated 20.8.2014 to the Prime Minister of India”, said Association members.
The government has forced entire agriculture students communities for taking this step of observing ‘Black Day’ today on 21.4.2015’ throughout India in all Central and State Agricultural Universities and colleges against the Anti-Farm Students policies of the government. In case, action is not taken by government, the entire agriculture communities including students, officers, scientists and farmers will be mobilized for organizing ‘Agricos Million March’ on 02/09/2015 at 500 locations in the country for sensitizing the government for consideration of issues faced by agriculture communities, they added.