77 veterinary doctors resign in Mysore district

P.M. Prasadmurthy, Deputy Director of Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Mysore district, and the president of Karnataka Veterinary Association, Mysore unit, told The Hindu on Sunday that veterinary surgeons in the district would respond only to emergency cases. As many as 77 veterinary surgeons had resigned here on Saturday seeking fulfilment of their demands, including wage parity between them and doctors working in the Department of Health and Family Welfare. Resignations were despatched to the Commissioner, Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, Bangalore, through the Deputy Director of the Department, Mysore district. The vets had submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad.

They are demanding the implementation of recommendations of the Meera Saxena Committee. The former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had announced the implementation of the report on reorganisation of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services in his budget on agriculture for 2011-12 by May last year, but to no avail, he said.

This was part of the Statewide protest of the vets, Dr. Prasadmurthy said.

The vets demanded the government to resort to counselling for effecting transfers and complained that promotional opportunities had been cut for no reason. Many young vets preferred lucrative jobs with MNCs instead of government service, he said.

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