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Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development

(Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare)

Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India, Calicut, Kerala

Information under Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005

 

INFORMATION MADE AVIALABLE BY THE DIRECTORATE UNDER SECTION 4 (1) (B) OF THE RTI ACT 2005

1. THE PARTICULARS OF ORGANIZATION, FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES

i) About DASD   

The Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development (DASD) is a subordinate office under the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India. It was established on 1st April, 1966 at Calicut in Kerala to streamline the activities of production in respect of arecanut, spices and a group of aromatic plants at National level.

Mandate

The Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development, Calicut has the mandate for the development of spices, arecanut, a large group of aromatic plants and  betel vine grown in the country at the National Level. The Directorate discharges the above function through the overall coordination of all the development activities implemented by different agencies like State Government Departments, State Agricultural Universities (SAU), ICAR Institutes etc. In addition, the Directorate undertakes implementation of certain critical programmes which are of vital importance int eh development process.

The Directorate is responsible for coordinating and monitoring programmes under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) to promote holistic growht of the horticulture sector in the country.

The mandate of the Directorate is as follows.

  • Assessment of the developmental needs of the mandate crops.
  • Formulation of Central Sector / Centrally Sponsored Schemes and implementation of the same either directly or through the State Governments, SAUs, ICAR Institutes etc.
  • Monitoring the implementation of Central Sector / Centrally Sponsored Schemes and coordinating the development activities.
  • Rendering technical assistance to State Governments and other agencies on commodity development programmes.
  • Collection and compilation of statistics of area, production, export, import, prices etc. and dissemination of the same to the Central and State Governments and other agencies.
  • Keeping liaison with the research institutes and extension agencies and acting as a two-way channel in the transfer of technology.
  • Undertaking the publicity and extension works relating to the arecanut, spices and aromatic crops
  • Assisting the Central and State Governments on all matters relating to the development of the commodities.
  • Accreditation of spices nurseries in the country to regualte the quality of planting materials

Development Programmes 

Presently the Directorate is responsible for coordinating and monitoring of  development programmes on spices under MIDH, which are being implemented in various States across the country. Besides, the Directorate is directly implementing the following programmes in association with SAUs and ICAR Institutes to supplement the efforts of the States.

  • Production and Distribution of Planting Materials of Spices
  • Accreditation of Spices Nurseries
  • Establishment of Nursery Centres for Spices and Aromatic Plants
  • Setting up of Seed Processing and Storage Infrastructure
  • Technology Dissemination through Frontline Demonstration
  • Organising National Seminars/Workshops/Training Programmes on Spices and Aromatic Plants

Statistics

The Directorate is the authority for collection, compilation and dissemination of statistics on spices and arecanut. The Directorate has been periodically pusblishing the statistics on area, production, productivity, prices and cost of cultivation of arecanut and spices.

ii). Organizational Setup

In view of the national importance of the crops dealt with by this Directorate, a building has been constructed at its Headquarter on a prime locality in the Calicut city, which provides adequate infrastructure for the effective functioning.

In accordance with the mandate, the Directorate has four Sections.

a) Development Section

  • Assessment of the production requirement to meet the domestic as well as export demand.
  • Identifying the development needs of the commodities and their potential centres of cultivation in the country.
  • Analyzing the constraints existing for attaining the required production level.
  • Formulation of suitable development programmes to attain the production levels set for different plan periods.
  • Execution of the programmes through different development agencies.
  • Overall monitoring of the development activities to ensure the achievements of targets set in the plan documents.
  • Setting up a linkage with development agencies, trade & marketing channels and research.

b) Marketing, Economic Research & Statistics Section

  • Assessment of area and production of different commodities.
  • Collection and compilation of data related to cost of production, price trend etc.
  • Over viewing the export demand, export trend and their contribution to the national economy.
  • Dissemination of the generated data to all the development agencies, traders, exporters etc.

c) Publicity Section

  • Publication of Indian Journal of Arecanut, Spices and Medicinal released on quarterly basis.
  • Transfer the technology evolved by research to the farming community, traders, exporters, etc through various effective extension methods.
  • Publication of different crop folders and other extension literature
  • Participation in Seminars / Workshops/ Exhibitions etc arranged at National /State/District level.

d) Administration Section

  • Administrative and accounts matters connected with the normal functioning of the Directorate

2. POWERS AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES

Director

To attend all administrative and executive work connected with the development, cultivation, marketing, economic research and statistics, extension and publicity, etc., in respect of Arecanut, Spices and Aromatic plants in the country. Member of various Committees, working groups constituted by Govt. of India, Member of various Commodity Committees constituted by the Central and State Governments to look into the development aspects of crops dealt with by the Directorate. Rendering technical advice on crop development to Central and State Government, quasi-government organizations and to the public. National Coordinator on production and development of arecanut, spices and aromatic plants.

Deputy Director

Assisting the Director in planning and co-ordination of development of different crops dealt with by the Directorate. All work connected with development of arecanut, spices, betel vine & aromatic plants cultivated in India. Critical assessment of the developmental needs of the crops, area under cultivation, production, productivity, quality of produce, etc and formulation, implementation and monitoring of development schemes. Liaison with different Central and State Government Departments/Agencies and Autonomous Organizations concerned with crop development and to provide them necessary assistance and guidance in planning and implementing their own development programmes. Supervising work connected with Publications, establishment and administrative matters including accounts. All other works assigned by the Director.

Assistant Director

To assist Deputy Director and Director in the formulation and effective implementation of various development programmes pertaining to the crops dealt with by the Directorate. Monitoring the implementation of the Central and State Sector programmes on the crops concerned with the Directorate. To undertake periodical field visits to the scheme implementing centers for rendering technical guidance, arranging planting materials and various other inputs required for the programme and review of the progress of implementation. All other works assigned by the Director.

Research Officer

Assist Deputy Director and Director in Planning and conducting Economic Research and Statistical Studies on area production, cost of cultivation, price trends, etc., of arecanut, spices and aromatic plants. Supervision of routine work pertaining to collection, compilation and analysis of data on area production, all mandatory crops, conduct survey for forecast of pepper production and all matters pertaining to all crops in so far as they relate to economic and research and statistics. All the works assigned by the Director.

Senior Technical Assistant

Collection and compilation of progress reports, preparation of technical reports connected with crop development activities of spices and other crops dealt by the Directorate.

Statistical Investigator

Scrutiny, compilation, analysis and interpretation of statistical aspects of the crops. Conducting field studies on cost of production, price structures, preparing fortnightly reports on area, production, productivity, etc.

Superintendent

Supervision of all works in Establishment, Accounts, and Administration Sections of the Directorate. Work related to recording and indexing, maintenance of office premises, files related to Confidential Dossiers of Officers and Staff, Vigilance and other confidential matters.

Junior Translator

To attend all translation works, conducts Hindi Workshop, Seminars, all work relates to Official Language Implementation Committee, to attend Hindi meetings, etc.

Artist Photographer

To prepare all publicity materials, including layouts, maps, charts, graphs, posters, boards, etc., required for the publication on arecanut, spices and also for exhibition and general distribution to the cultivators. To prepare photographs and other illustrations, etc., required for the pamphlets, journals, folders, etc. to be issued by the Directorate. Purchase and upkeep art and photographic materials and maintenance of stock register.

Junior Stenographer

To take dictation in shorthand and its transcription, fixing up appointments and if necessary cancelling them; screening the telephone calls and the visitors in a tactful manner; keeping an accurate list of engagements, meetings, etc. and reminding the officer sufficiently in advance for keeping them up; maintaining, in proper order, the papers required to be retained by the officer; keeping a note of the movement of all incoming & outgoing papers, files, etc., destroying by burning the stenographic record of the confidential and secret letters after they have been typed and issued; carrying out corrections to the Officer.s reference books and making fair copies of draft demi-official letters to be signed by the officer.

Upper Division Clerk

To work under the supervision of the Section-in-charge and is responsible for the work entrusted to him. Where the line of action on a case is clear or clear instructions have been given by the Section-in-charge or higher officers, he should put up a draft without much noting. In other cases, he will put up a note keeping in view the following points:. (i) to see whether all facts open to check, have been correctly stated; (ii) to point out any mistakes or incorrect statement of the facts; (iii) to draw attention, where necessary, to precedents or Rules and Regulations on the subject; (v) to bring out clearly the questions under consideration and suggest a course of action wherever possible.

Lower Division Clerk

Entrusted with work of routine nature, e.g. registration of Dak, maintenance of Section Diary, File Register, File Movement Register, indexing & recording, typing, comparing, photocopying, faxing, emailing, etc., despatch, preparation of arrears and other statements, supervision of correction of reference books and submission of routine and simple drafts, etc.

Driver: Driving the office Jeep.

Peon/Daftry: Attend to the routine duties of Group D Staff.

Watchman: Watch and ward duty in the office.

Mali: Maintenance of the office compound which includes periodical agricultural operations required for the valuable plant species grown in the compound.

3. PROCEDURE FOLLOWED IN DECISION MAKING PROCESSES INCLUDING CHANNELS OF SUPERVISION AND ACCOUNTABILITY

     For conducting its day to day business, the Directorate is following Functional File System and other standards operating procedures and practices as prescribed in the Manual of Office Procedure of the Government of India. Issues requiring decisions are examined on file by Sections concerned. The concerned file duly containing details of such examination and opinions recorded thereon during such examinations moves from Sections to Assistant Director/Research Officer/ Deputy Directors and Director where final decisions are taken. Wherever necessary, matters get referred to Ministry of Agriculture for further decisions

4. THE NORMS SET BY IT FOR DISCHARGE OF FUNCTIONS

The Directorate has been entrusted with the responsibility of formulation, implementation either directly or indirectly, overall coordination and monitoring of programmes for the development of spices, Arecanut, betel vine and aromatic crops so as to complement the effort of State Governments and Union Territories to increase production and productivity of mandated crops and to improve the economic well-being of the farmers. This basic objective serves as the norm for the discharge of functions by this Directorate and is observed in formulation and implementation of programmes for attaining the improved levels of production and productivity of the crops entrusted with it.

5. THE RULES, REGULATIONS, INSTRUCTIONS, MANUALS AND RECORDS HELD OR UNDER ITS CONTROL USEDEMPLOYEES FOR DISCHARGE OF FUNCTIONS

CCS Rules, Instructions and Manuals issued by the Government of India periodically are followed.

6. A STATEMENT OF CATEGORIES OF DOCUMENTS HELD OR UNDER ITS CONTROL

Not applicable.

7.PARTICULARS OF ANY ARRANGEMENT THAT EXISTS FOR CONSULTATION WITH OR REPRESENTATION BY THE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN RELATION TO THE FORMULATION OF ITS POLICY OR ITS IMPLEMENTATION

Not applicable.

8. A STATEMENT OF THE BOARDS, COUNCILS, COMMITTEES AND OTHER BODIES CONSISTING OF TWO ORPERSONS CONSTITUTED AS ITS PART OR FOR THE PURPOSE OF ITS ADVICE AND AS TO WHETHER MEETINGS OF THESE BOARDS, COUNCILS, COMMITTEES AND OTHER BODIES ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC OR THE MINUTES THEREOF ACCESSIBLE TO PUBLIC

Not applicable

9. A DIRECTORY OF OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES

1.Dr Homey Cheriyan, Director (Tel: 0495-2765501, 0495-242888 (Residence))

2.Dr Femina, Deputy Director (Tel: 0495-2369877)

3. Shri. Babulal Meena, Assistant Director (Tel: 0495-2369877)

4. Shri. N. Madhu, Research Officer

5. Shri. Shanmugha Sundaram, Superintendent (Tel: 0495-2369877)

6.Smt. C.V. Divya, Senior Technical Assistant

7.Dr J.S. Remya, Senior Technical Assistant

8. Dr. P.N. Jyothi, Junior Translator

9.Shri K. Manojkumar, Statistical Investigator

10.Smt. M.K. Suma, Technical Assistant

11.Smt. K. Thejas Das, Technical Assistant

12.Shri. C.F.Gedam, Artist Photographer

13.Smt. K. Ushakumari, Marketing Assistant

14.Smt. K.S.Kanchana, Marketing Assistant

15.Shri. P.R. Anilkumar, Stenographer Grade II

16.Shri. O.P. Haridasan,Stenographer Grade II

17.Shri.M.P.Unnikrishnan,Stenographer Grade II

18.Shri. P.Vinod Kumar, Upper Division Clerk

19.Shri. T. K. Damodaran Nair, Upper Division Clerk

20.Shri. P. Baiju, Upper Division Clerk

21.Shri K.V. Rajesh, Lower Division Clerk

22.Shri Palash Kanti Mollick, Lower Division Clerk

23.Shri T. Srikumar, Lower Division Clerk

24.Shri Jai Kishor Kumar, Lower Division Clerk

25. Shri. Sathish, Lower Division Clerk

26.Shri M. Ranjith, Driver

27.Shri E. Ajithkumar, Multi Tasking Assistant (MTS)

28.Shri K.S. Santhos, MTS

29.Shri K.V.Chandran, MTS

30.Shri T. Pramoth Kumar, MTS

31.Shri P.P. Sureshkumar, MTS

32.Shri L. Sujeesh, MTS

 

10. MONTHLY REMUNERATION RECEIVED BY EACH OFFICER AND EMPLOYEE, INCLUDING THE SYSTEM OF COMPENSATION AS PROVIDED IN THE REGULATIONS

 

MONTHLY REMUNERATION RECEIVED BY EACH OFFICER AND EMPLOYEES

11. BUDGET ALLOCATED TO EACH AGENCY INDICATING THE PARTICULARS OF ALL PLANS, PROPOSED EXPENDITURE AND REPORTS ON DISBURSEMENTS MADE

 

a) Non-plan budget for 2015-16

Particulars of sub-head and name of the scheme etc. 1/2401 Sanctioned budget (Rs in lakhs)
040001 Salaries 150.00
040002 Wages 0.75
040003 Over Time Allowance 0.25
040006-Medical treatment 3.50
040011 Travel Expenses 8.00
040013 Office Expenses 17.00
040016 Publications 6.00
040026 Advertising & Publicity 0.50
040027 Minor Works 8.00
Total 194.00

 

b) Plan budget under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) 2015-16

(Rs in lakhs)

Particulars of Sub-Head and name of the Scheme etc Sanctioned budget Anticipated Expenditure
Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture 1100.00 1100.00

 

12. THE MANNER OF EXECUTION OF SUBSIDY PROGRAMMES, INCLUDING AMOUNTS ALLOCATED AND DETAILS OF BENEFICIARIES OF SUCH PROGRAMMES

 

     The Directorate is responsible for coordinating and monitoring the overall activities on the development of Arecanut, spices and aromatic plants in the sixteen states selected for implementation of the MIDH programmes. In addition, the Directorate is directly implementing the nucleus planting material production programme of all the released spices and aromatic crops and supplying the same for large scale multiplication in the state department nurseries as approved under the Mission programme. The Directorate is also responsible for organizing a series of Transfer of Technology Programmes viz. National / State level Seminars, Workshops. These programmes are being implemented through State Agricultural Universities, ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) Institutions etc.

Institute-wise allocation of funds for the year 2015-16

S.No.

Implementing Agencies

 

Total Allocation 
(Rs. in lakhs)
1 Agriculture University, Jodhpur 17.1000
2 Agriculture University, Kota 69.8500

3

Amar Singh College, Uttar Pradesh 7.3000
4 Anand Agricultural University, Gujarat 8.9500
5 Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya, West Bengal 24.9750
6 Birsa Agricultural University, Jharkhand 16.3250
7 C C S Haryana Agricultural University 17.2500
8 C S Azad Agricultural University, Uttar Pradesh 2.4250
9 C I A R I, Port Blair 4.9500
10 Central Plantation crops Research Institute (CPCRI), Kasaragod 8.8500
11 CWRDM, Kozhikode 1.5000
12 Dte Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, Anand 4.7500
13 Dr. Bala Saheb Savant Konkan Krishi Vidha Peeth, Maharashtra 57.8006
14 Dr. Punjabrao Krishi viswavidyalaya, Akola 30.6500
15 Dr. YSR Horticulture University, Andhra Pradesh 14.6750
16 Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut 18.5500
17 Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur 31.4500
18 J N K V V, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh 33.4500

19

Junagadh Agricultural University, Gujarat 3.7500
20 Kerala Agricultural University 183.9956
22 Mahatma Phule Krishi vidyapeeth, Rahuri 20.6500
23 Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbani 5.2000
25

MYRADA, KVK, Erode

0.4500
26 N D University for Agri & Technology, UP 5.2000
27 Navsari Agri University, Gujarat 5.8000
28 NRC for Seed Spices, Ajmer 16.2500
29 Orissa Agricultural University 3.8250
30 Punjab Agricultural University 6.0500
31 Rajendra Agricultural University 18.5500
32 Sri Konda Laxman Telangana State Horticulture University, Hyderabad 29.8000
33 S D A U, Jagudan, Gujarat 4.2500
34 S V B P, Meerut 3.1500
35 SKN Agriculture University, Jobner 19.1000
36

Tamil Nadu Agricultural Univesity

63.6500
37 University of Agriculture and Horticulture Sciences, Shimoga 52.7884
38 University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot 54.5128
39 University of Agriculture Sciences, Bangalore 21.1500
40 University of Agriculture Sciences, Dharwad 32.2000
41 Uttar Banga Agricultural University, West Bengal 19.7500
42 Aaralam Farming Corporation Ltd 1.0600
43 Nagaland Central University, Nagaland 15.1000
44 Assam Agricultural University 12.0000
45 Peermade Development Society, Idukki 0.4000
46 Dr. Y.S Parmer university of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan 18.3500
47 Sher-e-Kashmir University, Jammu 16.7000
48 College of Horticulture & Forestry, Pasighat 1.9000
49 DASD, Calicut 93.6176
Total                                                                                                      1100.0000

 

13. PARTICULARS OF CONCESSIONS, PERMITS OR AUTHORIZATIONS GRANTED;

 

     No concession, permits or authorization have been granted.

 

14. DETAILS IN RESPECT OF THE INFORMATION, AVAILABLE TO OR HELD BY IT, REDUCED IN AN ELECTRONIC FORM;

 

     Statistical data like area, production, productivity, export, import and price of the mandatory crops

 

15. THE PARTICULARS OF FACIITIES AVAILABLE TO CITIZENS FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE WORKING HOURS OF A LIBRARY OR READING ROOM, IF MAINTAINED FOR PUBLIC USE.

 

     The Directorate houses a good library containing technical books, journals and articles which can be made use of the public on any working day from 0900 to 1730 hrs. As a part of dissemination of information on mandatory crops, the Directorate provides booklets / pamphlets / publications/ journals on various technical aspect to the public free of cost and also on fixed price basis.

 

16. NAMES AND DESIGNATIONS AND OTHER PARTICULARS OF PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICERS

Appellate Authority:

Dr. Homey Cheriyan, Director

Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development, Calicut 673005, Kerala. Phone - 0495-2765501, Fax- 0495-2765777.

Residence: 2 B, Royal Harmony, K.T.Gopalan Road, Kottooli, Calicut: Phone: 04952742888

Mob:09495365854

Central Public Information Officer:

Babulal Meena, Assistant Director, Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development, Calicut 673005, Kerala. Phone - 0495-2369877, Fax- 0495-2765777.

Residence: House No.525a/11, Meena Nivas, Meledath Paramba, Kaipurathpalam Road, Mokavoor, Eranhikkal P.O., Calicut 673 303. Phone: - 09446734005

 

17. SUCH OTHER INFORMATION AS MAY BE PRESCRIBED

     Not applicable.

SAMPLE APPLICATION FORM FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATION UNDER THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005

Application fees can be remitted through DD/Bankers cheque drawn in favour of Pay & Account Office, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Cochin.

The Bank details of PAO Cochin are given below:

Name of Bank State Bank of India
Branch Name  Treasury Branch, Ernakulam
IFSC SBIN0009795
Account Number

30412704610 (Receipt)

30412697942 (Payment)

 

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