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Agri deptt's LEO in Lakhanpur at agents' mercy
Agent doing all official work, officials missing
9/3/2018 10:53:46 PM
Early Times Report
jammu, Sept 3: The Law Enforcement Office of Agriculture department at Lakhanpur gateway is reportedly at the mercy of some private agents, who could be found doing all official work while the officials deputed there are usually found absent.
The Law Enforcement Office of Agriculture department at Lakhanpur is entrusted with the responsibility to check all the agriculture related items, including pesticides, eatables, seeds beside others being entered into the state from other states.
An inspector level officer from the Law enforcement wing of Agriculture Department and some other lower rung employees have been reportedly deputed there to check all the vehicles, entering Jammu and Kashmir. Though the officials of department are supposed to be in the office round the clock but on Friday evening, an agent was found doing all the official work while the agriculture department officials were missing.
As per the photographs available with Early Times, the agent was found filling some forms, while making entry in the official register and completing all formalities returned the documents to the vehicle driver.
Sources alleged that the agents could be found round the clock in the office while the officials of Agriculture could be only for few hours available in the office. "It is beyond imagination as why the officials of Agriculture department have been sidelined and some agents have been given charge of the office due to reasons best known to authorities concerned", sources said.
Sources further alleged that if the agents would have been doing all the work in the office rather than employees, then it also raised serious question over the passing of vehicles with agriculture related items in the trucks. "Earlier also pesticide samples in the state had also failed", sources said, adding that if there was so much non-seriousness of the department towards the food items in the state, it was virtually equal to playing with the life of thousands of people as well as with the farmers.
Director agriculture department HK Rajdan didn't pick up repeated calls from Early Times for his comment.
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