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Top posts lie vacant in Animal Husbandry Department

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22

The post of the director and 50 per cent other posts at the top level in the Animal Husbandry Department are lying vacant for the past several months.

The post of the director is lying vacant since September 30. The government has even failed to appoint an officiating director all these weeks.

The outcome of the situation is that the National Animal Disease Control Programme and the National Artificial Insemination Programme, which were launched by the Prime Minister, is in the doldrums.

“In the current situation, most of the branches and districts are running without any official having powers of drawing and disbursing officer (DDO). These powers are given to junior officials by the director. Since there is no director for the past more than a month, after the mass retirement of officials on September 30, no official could be given DDO powers. It makes hard to run national programmes and schemes at the ground level,” said Dr Nitin Kumar, former leader of Veterinary Officers Association.

Even retired employees’ dues and salaries of serving employees and contractual staff are not being cleared.

“After agriculture, dairy farming is the biggest employer in rural Punjab. If the current situation is not handled timely, it can lead to a new kind of crisis,” he said.

The Department of Animal Husbandry is the nodal department for providing technical support to dairy farming.

from The Tribune

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