Talk beyond empowerment ICAR- Restructuring By Yasmin Gill
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Discount Code for Plus- 'yashi.gill01' QUESTION OF THE DAY Q- The agricultural research institutions in the country need restructuring. What do you think are the challenges and how can re-structuring help meet them?
The talk beyond empowerment The problem with some policies is that they are at least a decade behind the thoughts and aspirations of the people For example, Aspirations of sections like SCs, STs and women. Today, the aspiration of the downtrodden is not just about power-sharing but a share in decision-making. Various policies we have addressed the issue of power- sharing. But did it lead to them reaching decision-making positions? Similarly about women, the discourse today is about empowerment We assume that the aspiration among the women is for positions on par with men. Our policies are structured in that direction Aspirational discourse has gone much farther Urge and aspiration among the women today is for dignity and freedonm It has to be empowerment with dignity and honour
Women are in commanding positions in many areas of private and public life in our country Even in rural India, women are present outside the four walls of their homes Social media is a truly democratic media. It reflects human behaviour through an unadulterated, unedited prism . It is here that one comes across extreme forms of deprecating behaviour with respect to women. In varied degrees, this prevails in all walks of life Mahatma Gandhi Real independence would be when a woman in this country can walk around on the streets alone at midnight An easy way to think of this would be from a security perspective But another interpretation could be about dignity. How does society look at a lone woman roaming the streets at midnight? Women face two extremes in our society. At one end is the vulgarity of objectification. What follows is violence, both physical and emotional
But the other extreme is equally demeaning. In the name of security, we deny women their natural choices and freedom -Ideally, we should be allowing greater intermixing of both sexes. But regressive beliefs at one level and questions of safety at another encourage us towards greater segregation Within accepted societal norms, allowing greater intermixing of boys and girls will actually help develop a healthy attitude of friendship and mutual respect It is time we tumed our attention towards this question of dignity and freedom .Laws for women's protection are important, but not enough We also need to revisit our customs like marriage, family and divorce What should be the marriageable age, what should be the procedure and what if the marriage doesn't work all these need a fresh look through the prism of dignity and freedom, not just through an abstract idea of "family honour A vibrant society should have the courage for continuous reform. Unchanging etenal values, and ever-changing social order is what Indian wisdom stands for Tennyson: "The old order changeth yielding place to new; And God fulfils himself in many ways; Lest one good custom should corrupt the world."
Role of agriculture R&D institutions Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi is synonymous with the Green Revolution and has given the country blockbuster varieties More than 60 out of the 100-plus institutes under ICAR are functioning with acting directors On top of these, the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board itself has just one member, who is also its acting chairman The above administrative apathy is unfortunate.
ICAR institutions, unlike most govemment departments, can be credited with work that has had tangible impact on the ground -90% or more of India's basmati rice exports annually comprise improved varieties bred by IARI UP's average cane yields going up by a third in the last five years, and the state overtaking Maharashtra in sugar production, has happened only because of the high-recovery early-maturing variety developed by the ICAR Agricultural research is one area where the retums from public investment are far higher than subsidies on fertiliser, electricity, water or farm credit India will have to sustain and produce more food in the coming years, with less crop area, water and fam labour availability and rising threats from climate change, erratic rainfall and salinity Meeting these complex challenges and also the goal of dobling famm incomes is not possible without investing more in research, including via public private partnerships
It is high time the ICAR itself is restructured by closing down or merging some institutes, giving more money and operational autonomy to the better-performing ones like IARI, and freeing both the apex organisation and its affiliates from the clutches of Krishi Bhawan ICAR must, like ISRO and Department of Atomic Energy, be brought directly under the Prime Minister's Office Agricultural research should be viewed as a strategic sector, and too important to be left to the whims of visionless ministers and generalist bureaucrats.
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