GUWAHATI: Believe it or not, 32 of the 33 branches of Assam Seed Corporation Ltd (ASCL) have in-charge branch managers instead of regular ones. According to rules, the branch manager of an ASCL branch should be an Agriculture graduate. It speaks volumes of the state of affairs in the ASCL.
An agriculture graduate heading an ASCL branch as the branch manager is mandatory. However, the State Seed Corporation has only one branch manager (an agriculture graduate). Almost every year, ASCL branch managers superannuate, but the corporation does not fill up the vacancies. It opts to appoint third-grade employees and accountants as in-charge branch managers.
According to sources, only the Jorhat and Majuli branches of ASCL have an agriculture graduate as the branch manager. The corporation has another agriculture graduate working as an assistant branch manager. He is looking after the branches of four districts. In 12 other ASCL branches, accountants work as in-charge branch managers. The other ASCL branches have third-grade employees and others as in-charge branch managers.
In the absence of regular branch managers, the reason behind ASCL branches not supplying high-yielding seeds among the farmers on time is not far to seek.