Staff crunch stares at Enumamula market yards
Ahead of a hectic harvest season, the agricultural market yards in the erstwhile Warangal district are staring at a severe staff crunch with a yawning gap between sanctioned posts and existing strength of employees. It’s still early days with cotton arrivals yet to pick up and crops such as maize, red gram, green gram, chilli etc. are just trickling in.
Warangal: Ahead of a hectic harvest season, the agricultural market yards in the erstwhile Warangal district are staring at a severe staff crunch with a yawning gap between sanctioned posts and existing strength of employees. It’s still early days with cotton arrivals yet to pick up and crops such as maize, red gram, green gram, chilli etc. are just trickling in.
Against this backdrop, the 14 market yard administrations in undivided Warangal district will have their task cut out this season when the flow of arrivals increase as they have to run the show with much less than 50 per cent of employees. With no recruitment in the marketing department for the last few years, the market yards are witnessing a gradual shortfall in number of employees due to superannuation every year.
Enumamula Agriculture Market, said to be the second largest in Asia, has around 30 employees while the requirement is more than double. With thousands of bags, at times more than one lakh reaching the market in the peak of the season, it’s a herculean task for the employees to tackle the trading peacefully. It’s learnt that there are around 120 posts vacant in 14 market yards across the undivided Warangal district.
Needless to say, the worst sufferers are farmers. They had to wait in the yard at least for days to sell their produce. On the other hand, the employees are overburdened as their work stretching to late nights.
Rythu Sangham Warangal Urban district president M Srikanth said that with the State government failing to provide infrastructure and adequate staff, farmers have to wait days together in the market yard, this in addition to lack of support price.
“We have to be there in the yard early in the morning, which is mandatory and have to work well past 10 pm during the peak season,” sources said. Potentially, the market yards are like powder kegs these days. Having to deal with the traders and farmers, it needs a lot of patience that too amid trying conditions, sources added, referring to the high pollution levels in the market yard.
When asked about any signs of recruitment, the Enumamula Market Yard secretary Uppula Srinivas told The Hans India, “As of now, we have no such information. Despite this, the staff is able to carry their duty efficiently.”
Meanwhile, it’s alleged that shortage of staff has come like a shot in the arm for the market yard committees who found a way to make money by recruiting outsourcing employees.