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DEPARTMENT INTRODUCTION

VISION/ MISSION STATEMENT

Conservation and Management of Soil and Water resources in Collaboration with Stakeholders for Sustainable Development.

OBJECTIVES

  • Implement various programmes of Government related to conservation and management of Soil and Water resources of the State.
  • To enhance productivity with the available resources without adversely affecting natural resources in terms of ground water, soil health and environment.
  • Promoting efficient use of irrigation water and on-farm management of water resources.
  • To maximise returns to farmers in agriculture and allied sectors.
  • Ensuring longevity of existing water resources of the State.

ORGANIZATION SET-UP

The Department of Soil and Water Conservation was established as a independent department in the year 1969, Earlier it was a wing of Agriculture Department. The Department of Soil and Water Conservation, Punjab is headed by Chief Conservator of Soils, Punjab and has it’s Headquarters at Chandigarh. There are total 5 posts in the rank of Conservator of Soils with 1 post in the rank of Conservator of Soils (HQ) at Chandigarh and 1 post of Conservator of Soils designated as Director Technical (State Land Use Board). Also, 3 posts of Conservator of Soils are in the field and they control territorial circles in their jurisdiction. Under the Conservator of Soils, there are 3 or 4 officers in the rank of Divisional Soil Conservation Officers. Each Divisional Soil Conservation Officer controls 3 or 4 Sub-Divisional Soil Conservation Officers. Apart from it, there is one Soil Survey Division, one Machinery Division and one Training Institute each headed by a Divisional Soil Conservation Officer.

INFRASTRUCTURE

The department has its own complex at phase-VI, Mohali spread over 10 Acres which includes Training Institute, Auditorium with seating capacity of 500 persons, Conference Room, Rest House, Hostels for Trainees, Soil Testing Laboratory, Beautiful Lush Green Lawns and orchards with demonstration of Drip Irrigation System, Machinery House, Canteens besides housing Offices of Director State Land Use Board, Conservator of Soils Mohali, Soil Survey Division, Machinery Division, Training Institute and Divisional Soil Conservation Officer-Works Division and also residential quarters for class-IV employees. The department has its own computer lab with all facilities like internet, office networking and dedicated employees at headquarters Chandigarh

The department has a sanctioned staff strength of 2220 employees, out of which 1500 employees are in the technical cadre and 720 employees are in the administerial cadre. The head office has a sanctioned strength of 80 employees in the ministerial cadre/Technical Cadre. The technical staff like Soil Conservation Officers, Junior Engineers, Surveyors, Agriculture Sub-Inspectors, Draftsmen and Junior Draftsmen are posted in the field offices to carry out soil and water conservation works. Apart from territorial divisions, there are three divisions who carry out works through out the state. The Divisional Soil Conservation Officer (Machinery) maintains a fleet of machinery in the department and Divisional Soil Conservation Officer (Training Institute) heads a Departmental Training Centre. Soil Survey Division carries out of Soil Survey work throughout the state. The department also has a nucleus cell of State Land Use Board headed by Director (Technical) in the rank of Conservator of Soils.The Department is facing a major staff shortage as total strength of Department is about 800 which is about 35% of total sanctioned strength. The strength is technical cadre is more dismal as only about 25% of total sanctioned strength of technical cadre is in service now. Organization Setup