Port Blair, Feb 28: Scientists of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Government of India are the major contributors in the saga of Green, white, blue and now the rainbow revolution. They have been working incessantly to serve the nation’s food security and welfare of the farming community in the backdrop of climate change and the dwindling resources viz., insufficient manpower and research funding.
Government of India has already given approval for the implementation of 7th Pay commission recommendation. However, it is quite unfortunate that a series of events that occurred in the recent times have affected their research ambience, dignity and self respect in tune with the parallel national scientific organizations thereby lowered the morale of the scientists.
Two issues which is long term demand of ICAR scientists are still unaddressed which are their basic rights which are most of the central government workforce of the nation including all scientific organizations has been drawing their revised salary emoluments as per the Seventh Pay Commission for more than a year including the ICAR but the ICAR scientists have yet to receive their pay revision.
Adding to that their longstanding demand of 5 working days per week in line with the ICAR head quarters has not been heard.
Hence, the Scientists Forum strongly condemned the apathy and insensitiveness towards their genuine demands. To mark their protest, scientist forum has given a call to observe a silent protest by agricultural scientist across the country on 1st March 2018. Accordingly, the local unit of scientists’ forum at ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair will protest peacefully inside their campus to express its displeasure on the non-implementation of their demands.