The Commissioner in a circular dated October 4 said he was ‘very unhappy with the action taken so far’

Commissioner of Agriculture in a circular to the Joint Directors exhorted them to use their good offices to get agriculture officers (AOs) to pay up ‘non subsidy amounts’ that were still with them.

The Commissioner in a circular dated October 4 said he was ‘very unhappy with the action taken so far’. While Rs. 33 lakh non-subsidy amount was due from AOs of Krishna district alone, the amount due from AOs in all districts in the State runs into crores.

In an ultimatum to the Joint Directors of Agriculture, the Commissioner set the last date for collection of the amounts as October 9. Referring to instructions issued to the JDs on August 31 and office memos on September 1, 7 and 15, the Commissioner asked them to give reports on the officers who were having dues above Rs.1 lakh so that disciplinary action could be initiated against them.

The Commissioner asked the JDs to take “personal” interest and send the reports by October 9. He said action would be taken against the JDs if they did not follow his instructions.

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