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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.
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.
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.
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
b) Marketing, Economic Research & Statistics Section
c) Publicity Section
d) Administration Section
2. POWERS AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To attend all translation works, conducts Hindi Workshop, Seminars, all work relates to Official Language Implementation Committee, to attend Hindi meetings, etc.
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.
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
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
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
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)|
|040003 Over Time Allowance||0.25|
|040011 Travel Expenses||8.00|
|040013 Office Expenses||17.00|
|040026 Advertising & Publicity||0.50|
|040027 Minor Works||8.00|
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
(Rs. in lakhs)
|1||Agriculture University, Jodhpur||17.1000|
|2||Agriculture University, Kota||69.8500|
|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|
|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|
|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|
MYRADA, KVK, Erode
|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|
Tamil Nadu Agricultural Univesity
|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|
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
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
|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
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|
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