Ganderbal/ Srinagar: Unemployed veterinary doctors on Wednesday held a protest and locked down the gate of the college campus at Shuhama in protest against failure of the government to advertise posts to fill up vacancies in the animal and sheep husbandry departments.
A large number of unemployed veterinary doctors assembled at the veterinary college Shuhma and locked the main gate refusing the entry of employees and the faculty.
The protesting unemployed veterinary doctors alleged apathy towards the veterinary profession.
We demand clearance of 420 posts which are pending with finance department since 2007, a protesting doctor said.
The public service commission conducted the screening of merely 24 posts advertised for about 750 candidates whereby about 92 per cent applicants did not appear, he said.
Ashfaq Ahmed, president of the Unemployed Veterinary Doctors’ Association said, “We are continuing the protest for eighth straight day. We demand rescheduling of the screening test held by JKPSC on February 6 which excluded nearly 700 applicants out of 750.”
He further said that protests will go on till government fulfills “Our demands”.
Protesting doctors were supported by the Scientific Association, teachers and professors of the university.
According to the protesting doctors, as per the district development plan 2007, director of animal husbandry and director of sheep husbandry requested to the then government for 1800 doctors immediately for livestock sector which were later on reduced to 420 posts after some months. The file for appointments was held up in the finance department.
Registrar Masudul Haq Wani said the doctors should have opted for other means to put forward their grievances. “We can find out a solution to the issue,” Wani said.
(With inputs from Insha Latief)