Ludhiana: Veterinarians lay siege to Dy Director’s office

Ludhiana: Veterinarians lay siege to Dy Director’s office

Veterinary doctors protest outside the Deputy Director’s office in Ludhiana on Monday. Inderjeet Verma

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2

Irked by delaying tactics of the government over the issue of reduction of non-practicing allowance (NPA), veterinary doctors laid a siege to the office of the Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, here, on Monday.

They held a massive demonstration on the premises of the Deputy Director’s office and expressed anguish amid sloganeering against the government.

District president of the Punjab State Veterinary Officer’s Association Chatinder Singh Rai said the demonstration was in response to a joint call given by the Joint Government Doctors Coordination Committee, boycotting all types of works and it would be continued till Tuesday.

He issued a stern warning that if the Cabinet subcommittee formed by the government to adress the issue did not respond positively to their demands by Tuesday, they will not hesitate to lay siege to the state headquarters of the Director, Animal Husbandry, at Mohali.

Deputy Director Dr Paramdeep Singh Walia, Assistant Director Dr Neelam Grover and senior veterinary officers from all tehsil headquarters, besides veterinary officers from the district participated in the sit-in.

The gathering was addressed by state general secretary Dr Darshan Kheri, state organising secretary Dr Gagandeep Kaushal, Dr Amanpreet Singh and Dr Parshotam Singh.

All kind of veterinary services, including artificial insemination, vaccination, departmental meetings and trainings, except vetro-legal, emergency cases and postmortem duties were suspended during the protest.

Medical and veterinary doctors of the state are on a warpath since the past five weeks despite that the government is still playing dilly dallying tactics. However, the public is at the receiving end and facing unnecessary harassment due to the ongoing agitation.

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