Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, June 2
The Senior Vets Association today has strongly condemned senior BJP leader’s Maneka Gandhi comments against veterinarians and said the comments were derogatory and had “demoralised” professionals in the field.
At its emergency meeting held today, the former joint director of Animal Husbandry, Punjab, and member of the state’s Veterinary Council, Dr Gurinder Singh Walia, said: “Only an uneducated, unaware and irresponsible person could make such a disgusting and uncalled comment about veterinarians and their profession. But such comments from someone who had once held responsible positions in the government were very unfortunate and unwarranted. It reflects the frustration of a person.”
“No profession is superior or inferior. Hence, discussing a profession in an insulting and derogatory way and making generalised statements about anyone is neither acceptable nor fair,” Dr Walia asserted.
Dr Nitin Gupta said: “Everyone is aware of the immense contribution of the animal husbandry sector to boost the overall GDP of the agriculture sector. During the ongoing pandemic, veterinarians in the country have made valuable contributions to maintain the supply chain of milk, meat, chicken and eggs, besides ensuring preventive vaccination to livestock against infectious diseases, breeding and treatments so that the economy of farmers do not suffer,” he added.
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