1,700 vets resign

Over 1,700 veterinary doctors across the State resigned on Saturday in protest against government for not responding to their demands on hike in salary.

They handed over their resignation letters to the Veterinary Commissioner. Another 200 doctors will resign shortly, said Dr Srinivas Reddy, President of the Karnataka Veterinary Doctors’ Association.

They are unhappy with the government over the delay in implementing the recommendations of the high power committee on reorganisation of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department.

“The committee’s recommendations were submitted in October 2011 and the government is still sitting on it. Does it take one year to open a file,” Dr Reddy questioned.

However, the veterinary doctors will continue to work till October 3 since the Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has assured to take a decision soon, Dr Reddy said. The doctors will also stage a dharna on October 2 at Freedom Park.

The committee headed by former additional chief secretary Meera Saxena had submitted its report to the government in October 2011. The Association of Teachers of Karnataka Veterinary University has supported the agitation by the veterinary doctors.

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