Police foils unemployed veterinary doctors’ march towards Civil Secretariat

Police using force to disperse unemployed veterinary doctors near Bakshi Nagar Chowk, Jammu. -Excelsior/Rakesh
Police using force to disperse unemployed veterinary doctors near Bakshi Nagar Chowk, Jammu. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 6: Police today foiled the protest march of unemployed veterinary doctors towards Civil Secretariat Jammu by resorting to cane charge.
Hundreds of unemployed veterinary doctors from various parts of Jammu province under the aegis of Unemployed Veterinary Doctors’ Association (UVDA) Jammu assembled near JKPSC office today morning to boycott the screening examination for 24 posts conducted by JKPSC and to register their protest against failure of the Government to create enough posts to absorb the unemployed veterinary doctors.
The protesting youth said that successive Governments in the State promised them to clear the 420 new created posts under ASH/PLAN-670/2007 and more than 200 posts under DPC but nothing was done on ground.
“Agony is that Government has increased the intake capacity of veterinary colleges but is not waking up for ensuring job to qualified veterinarians. No new posts have been created since 1980 which has led to accumulation of more than 750 veterinarians with master and doctorate degrees”, said Dr Arshad Wali, one of the protesting youth.
Holding placards and banners in their hands seeking creation of enough posts to absorb the unemployed and highly qualified veterinary doctors, they started March towards civil secretariat amid anti-Government slogans.
However, the heavy deployment of police at Bakshi Nagar Chowk, stopped them from moving forward and used force to disperse them. The five protestors were also lifted by the police from the spot but later they were released.
The main demands of the UVDA are clearance of file of 420 posts which is currently in Finance Department and is rolling on tables since March 2007, clearance of 200 DPC posts whereby all higher rank officers are holding the VAS posts thus hindering the recruitment of new VASs and advertisement of all vacancies available with the department.