A bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha today to include Nagaland under the jurisdiction of Imphal Central Agriculture University with an aim to help the state achieve higher growth in animal husbandry sector.
The Central Agricultural University (Amendment) Bill, 2016, was introduced by Minister of State for Agriculture Sudarshan Bhagat.
On July 27, the Cabinet approved the amendment in relevant clauses of the Central Agricultural University Act (CAU), 1992, to include Nagaland under the jurisdiction of CAU, Imphal.
The amendment will help Nagaland to reap the benefit of the Imphal Central Agriculture University, established for the entire north eastern region.
The bill seeks to amend the Central Agricultural University Act, 1992, that was enacted for the establishment and incorporation of a university for the north-eastern region in order to promote development and research in agriculture and allied sectors.
However, the definition of ‘North-Eastern region’ and the jurisdiction of the Central Agricultural University under the said Act did not cover the state of Nagaland.
“Therefore, it has been decided to amend the Central Agricultural University Act, 1992, so as to include the state of Nagaland under the jurisdiction of the Central Agricultural University, having its headquarters at Imphal,” according to statement of objects and reasons of the Bill.
After the passage of the amendment bill, Nagaland would get all the facilities that other north-eastern states get under this Act.
“The proposed amendments will extend the benefit of facilities provided by the Central Agricultural University for the development of agriculture and for the furtherance of the advancement of learning and prosecution of research in agriculture and allied sciences to state of Nagaland as being done to the other North-Eastern states,” it added.
After inclusion of Nagaland under jurisdiction of the Central Agricultural University, the College of Veterinary Sciences in Nagaland would produce the much-needed professional manpower in the fields of animal husbandry, which will facilitate socio-economic growth in the region.
The new college would help familiarise the farmers with new techniques, thereby contributing to the production and productivity of domestic animals in the State of Nagaland.