Union minister of state for Agriculture Sudarshan Bhagat on Friday introduced the Central Agricultural University (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Lok Sabha to include Nagaland’s College of Veterinary Sciences (CoVS) under the jurisdiction of Imphal Central Agriculture University (CAU).
Sources told Nagaland Post that after the passage of the amendment bill, the state would get all the facilities that other North Eastern states get under this Act.
This was also necessitated as the union Agriculture minister is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the Veterinary College in Nagaland (Jalukie) on August 6. 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 CAU 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.
“The proposed amendments will extend the benefit of facilities provided by the CAU 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,” it added.