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Working Group for the formulation of Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007).

Agriculture Development in Eastern and North-Eastern India

Dated 15th November 2000


1. Shri Bhaskar Barua, Secretary
(A and QDepartment of Agriculture and Cooperation, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi -1
2. Agriculture Commissioner
Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi -1
3. Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences)
Indian Council Of Agricultural Research Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi-1
4. Chief Secretary Government of Manipur, Imphal, Member
5. Chief Secretary Government of Meghalaya, Shillong. Member
6 Chief Secretary Government of Mizoram, Aizwal Member
7. Chief Secretary Government of Nagaland, Kohima Member
8. Chief Secretary Government of Sikkim, Gangtok Member
9. Chief Secretary Government of Tripura, Agartala Member
10. Chief Secretary Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar. Member
11. Agriculture Production Commissioner, Government of Assam, Guahati Member
12. Agriculture Production Commissioner, Government of Bihar, Patana Member
13. Director (Agri.) and Ex .Officio-Secretary (Agri.), Government of West Bengal, Calcutta Member
14. Secretary (Agri.) Government of Orissa, Bhubaneswar Member
15. Secretary (Agri.) Government of JharKhand, Ranchi Member
16. Secretary (Agri.) Government of Chhattis Garh, Raipur Member
17. Secretary (Agri.) Government of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow Member
18. Joint Secretary (PC), Deptt. of Agriculture and Cooperation, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi. Member-Secretary

Terms of Reference:

  1. To review the agricultural development programmes/ schemes, under implementation in the Eastern and North Eastern States*, during the Ninth Plan with respect to achieving the targets set and increasing productivity levels of foodgrains and other agricultural commodities.
  2. To assess the existing productivity potential of various crops, fruits and vegetables and livestock products, identify the factors responsible for the gap in between existing potential and the productivity levels realized at farm level and suggest measures / policy initiatives to effectively address the problems being faced in realizing the potential.
  3. To assess the scope for diversification of agriculture in the region considering the prevailing/ favourable agro-climatic conditions so as to generate additional on-farm and off-farm employment and incomes of the rural population/ households.
  4. To assess the scope for propagating backyard agriculture and suggest the areas and measures for their propagation for increasing the income of rural households .
  5. To assess the requirement of inputs especially quality seeds/ planting material, fertilizers, credit etc. to optimize the production and productivity levels and suggest measures/ programmes for the Tenth Five Year Plan to achieve the adequacy in input supply.
  6. To review the impact of programmes/ measures taken to minimize soil and water erosion, land degradation and flood control and suggest measures to make such programmes more effective and for taking new initiatives to cope up with the land degradation problems.
  7. To review the minor irrigation development in the region with respect to the potential; existing, created and utilized during the Ninth Plan, and suggest measures to accelerate the pace of development of minor irrigation in the region.
  8. To review the programmes implemented during the Ninth Plan for the development f .Animal Husbandry and Dairying and improvement of cattle and other local animal species/ races including the Artificial Insemination (AI) and Immunization Programmes in the region and suggest measures for accelerating the growth / development of animal husbandry sector.
  9. To assess the scope for the fishery development, status of utilization of water resources for the same and suggest measures for the effective utilization of available water resources for fish production and propagation of rice-fish culture.
  10. To study the existing market infrastructure and suggest measures for the development so as to provide assured market for the farm surplus produce for local consumption as well as to promote the exports.

    * Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, Chhttisgarh, Eastern Utlar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura,

The Chairman of the Working Group may set up task forces, if necessary, for undertaking in-depth studies and formulation of Plan proposals.

The Working Group may co-opt official / non-official experts/representatives of other agencies, if required.

The expenditure of the members on TA/DA in connection with the meeting of the Working Group will be borne by the parent Department/Ministry/Organization The expenditure, if any, in respect of non-official members will be borne by the Planning Commission as per rules and regulations of TA/DA applicable to Grade-I officers of Government of India.

The Working Group will submit its final report to the Planning Commission by 31st March. 2001