Guwahati, June 18 Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today appealed to Assam agriculture department officials to put in more effort for the welfare of farmers and work in a mission mode for increasing agriculture produce and double the income of farmers.
Singh reviewed various schemes and programmes of agriculture and allied sectors here in presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, state Agriculture Minister Atul Bora and Fisheries Minister Parimal Suklabaidya and senior officials of Union and state governments.
"The agriculture scenario is going through difficult times and to overcome it, more efforts have to be put in by the officials so that the benefits of the different schemes percolate to the agriculture fields vis-a-vis the farmers," the Union minister said.
Exhorting the officials to chalk out an annual action plan, he said, "Officials have to go to the districts to prepare the action plan."
"If we can come all the way from Delhi to Guwahati, then the officials in Dispur have to go to the districts to assess the ground reality and to prepare the Annual Action Plan by meeting the requirements," Singh said.
Singh urged the officials to adopt latest technologies vis-a-vis mobile app, smart phones and video-conferencing instead of doing work manually to update data from the fields on a regular basis.
He called for application of bio-metrics to induce proper work culture to "bring in desired changes in our work approach".
The Union Agriculture Minister asked the officials not to "sit tight" by just sending a proposal or utilisation certificate to the ministry but to "take things to the logical end by taking up follow up action".