Chandigarh: September 18 : Punjab State Veterinary Officer’s Association (PSVOA) has taken serious note of the rampant adhocism , casualism, arbitrariness and nepotism in the state animal husbandry department.This was the main agenda discussed at length in the PSVOA’s state executive meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Dr. Ashok Sharma, State president of the Vets association. Releasing details of this meeting association’s General Secretary Dr. Sukhdev Singh in a statement said that more than half the posts of Deputy Directors at Distt. Level and Senior Vety. officers at tehsil level have been lying vacant since long. Despite repeated requests & memoranda from the doctor’s association these placements have not been done even though it does not entail any financial burden on the State exchequer and moreover does not need any Departmental Promotion Committee’s (DPC) clearance. Senior Doctors are being given officiating charges of the higher offices which causes a lot of embarrassment to them.
This rampant adhocism not only hinders the proper working but also leads to poor delivery mechanism. Dr. Singh also highlighted the hypothetical planning of the top notch officials to implement departmental policies. One such living and recent example is registration of elite dams (high yielder cows & buffaloes) through the process of milking competition in each village throughout the state, just within a fortnight. It needs more than 2500 vets to be deployed round the clock to conduct these competitions in more than 12000 villages of the state. But presently the ill fated department is left only with 500 Veterinary Officers, Dr. Singh said. More interestingly, the prized animals would be given prizes not in cash but in kind. Association also apprehends that there is every possibility of foul play in purchasing such useless material in the name of attractive prizes.
Dr. Sharma claimed that there is violation of seniority criteria while preparing lists for the accounts training batches. The junior ones are included in the list while the Senior officers serving the department for more than 15 years are left aside. This kind of bare nepotism disturbs the senior Vets a lot, as they have long been denied senior time scale for not having undergone accounts training.
PSVOA strongly urged the Animal Husbandry Minister to order immediate placements of Senior Vety. Officers and Deputy Director, besides reviewing of the elite dam registration programme and all impracticable schemes ill conceived by the higher officials, who have lost touch with the ground realities and end nepotism and Arbitrariness.