The row between agriculture officers (AOs) and agriculture development officers (ADOs) and chief agriculture officer (CAO) Darshan Singh Sandhu, which had started from the stocked bio-chemicals and seeds, took a new turn on Thursday with block agriculture officer (BAO) Harnek Singh Rode sending a complaint to the SC/ST Commission saying Sandhu had used unparliamentary language against him.
According to the statements recorded with the investigation officer and joint director of agriculture department Dr Gurdial Singh, by both the groups, the bio-chemicals were sent by the state agriculture department to the district for free distribution. Sources said both groups had a disagreement over the distribution of bio-chemicals and seeds.
On the one hand, Sandhu alleged that ADO Jaswinder Singh Brar and others did not distribute the stocked bio-chemicals and seeds. "Brar had stored such bio-chemicals and seeds and was responsible for not distributing these," alleged Sandhu.
On the other hand, addressing a gathering of agriculture officials from across the state outside the CAO office on Thursday, Brar said Sandhu had directed him not to distribute all the products to the farmers and had reserved some stock for personal use. "We have told this to investigation officer Dr Gurdial Singh. Sandhu was responsible for such stored seeds and bio-chemicals," he added.
Meanwhile, the ADOs and AOs continued their stir on the eighth day on Thursday and raised slogans outside the office of the CAO, who is on leave till Monday.
During his speech, BAO Rode alleged that while he was on duty in the field, the CAO called him to office at Moga. "When I arrived at the office, Sandhu used unparliamentary language against me," Rode alleged.
Rachhpal Singh, general secretary, Agriculture Officers' Association, said the agriculture officials met the state agriculture director Mangal Singh Sandhu and financial commissioner (development) Suresh Kumar on Wednesday and discussed the matter with them. "They assured us that the issue would be solved in two days," he added.
Joint director Dr Gurdial Singh said he had submitted the detailed report to the senior officials and soon the issue would be resolved.