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Sericulture employees ask Govt. to appoint IAS officer

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SALEM: The Tamil Nadu Sericulture Staff Association has appealed to the State Government to appoint an IAS officer as the Director for the Directorate of Sericulture. The post remains vacant for six months from now.

Director post remains vacant

The progress of the activities aimed at improving sericulture in the district was hindered due to the absence of an able leadership. "During 1991, the district had about 30,000 acres under sericulture. After that it dwindled below 15,000 acres due to heavy import of raw silk and drought in the following years. But the situation was changing since 2003. The import duty was hiked, which restored the demand for Indian silk. The acreage under mulberry cultivation in the district had increased to 20,000.

There should be a head to take policy decisions and lobby with the State and Central authorities to steer forward sericulture," the association's State president, M. Vetrivel, said.

"Even if the Government appoints a Director, the appointee views this post as a punishment and that leaves it shortly by seeking a transfer to other departments. This is the trend we continue to witness in the last few years," he added.

Farms closed

As a result, the Government-run sericulture farms, which gave seedlings and training to the farmers, egg production centers and several other facilities in the district have been closed. Also, various demands of the employees are pending with the department.

Demands such as qualification relaxation to the junior inspectors, rectification of difference of pay for senior and junior inspectors and the award of selection grade and special grade to eligible junior inspectors are yet to be considered seriously, said the State general secretary of the association, P. Subramanian.

"We are also asking the Government to fill up other vacancies in the department but in vain. The Government has to look at this issue and initiate action without delay," he said.

In support of these demands, members of the association staged a demonstration in front of the Directorate at Anaimedu here on Saturday.

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