Veterinarians on the warpath

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Nov. 13. Three major organisations of veterinarians in the State have expressed their strong protest against the decision of the Government to abolish 183 posts in the Department of Animal Husbandry.

The recent Government Order issued to this effect would adversely affect the very functioning of the department, according to Theodore John, general secretary, the Indian Veterinary Association, Kerala; C. Sree Kumar, general secretary, Animal Husbandry Officers' Association, Kerala and Baby Cyriac, president, Kerala Veterinary Surgeons' Service Association.

In a joint statement issued here today, they alleged that it was at the behest of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) that the order had been issued. There was reason to believe that the ADB had insisted on such a step as a precondition for releasing the second tranche of loan to the State. This was what prompted the Government to issue the order, grossly neglecting the grievances of the employees and violating all the agreements reached between the authorities concerned and the unions in the department, they said.

Ever since the formation of the department, there had been no reorganisation or redeployment. What was of immediate need to the department was to reorganise it on scientific basis and to make its functioning more extensive as well as effective.