SAD leader visits dharna site of Vet AI Union protesting for last one year
Mohali, September 21, 2023 (Yes Punjab News)
Former minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia today called for immediate regularization of services of all veterinary AI workers, saying they had done the utmost for the farming community.
Mr Bikram Majithia, who met the protesting Veterinary AI Union workers here and interacted with them, said the workers had done yeoman service by providing Artificial Insemination services to farmers which had raised the quality of livestock in the State. He said repeated Animal Husbandry ministers had assured the workers that justice would be done to them and a three member cabinet sub-committee had even called for filling 1183 posts in the department but the workers were still not being regularized.
“This has forced 649 Veterinary AI workers who were serving 13,000 villages to sit on dharna outside the Livestock Bhawan for one year now”. Lauding the workers for continuing with their stir against all odds including inclement weather, Mr Majitha assured them all possible help on behalf of the SAD.
Asserting that chief minister Bhagwant Mann had betrayed not only Veterinary AI workers whose dharna he addressed here, Mr Majithia said “even PTI teacher Sippy Sharma who AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal referred to as his sister while assuring her justice is awaiting regularization of her post”. He said similarly the government had cheated teachers and linemen.
Urging all unions and associations who had been promised regularization in their services by the chief minister to form a State level action committee, Mr Majithia said “the government is targeting unions and trying to neutralize them by using heavy handed tactics like in the case of protesting linemen who were lathi charged in Patiala recently”.
The SAD leader also talked about how the chief minister, who had promised jobs to youth of Punjab, was recruiting outsiders now, said “this is being done to spread the wings of AAP in Rajasthan and Haryana which are going to the polls soon”. He said even stress on Punjabi and history and culture of Punjab had been diluted in written examinations to facilitate the recruitment of outsiders at the cost of Punjabi youth.
Giving details, Mr Majithia said in the case of the Animal Husbandry department, out of 68 veterinary inspectors recruited in 2022, 24 were from Haryana and 12 were from Rajasthan.
He said in the same department out of 310 veterinary inspectors recruited in 2023 as many as 134 were from Haryana and Rajasthan. He also gave an account of how six of the seven Sub Inspectors recruited in Mansa recently were from Haryana even as 534 candidates from Haryana and 94 from Rajasthan were selected as linemen while filling 1370 vacancies.