Ludhiana: Veterinary care has been affected, employees at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (Gadvasu) hospitals have been on strike for 12 days in support of their demands to implement the revised UGC pay scales in accordance with the 7th commission salary and withdraw the decision to dissociate the teachers’ grades from the UGC salary scales.
Employees protested on December 1 when all departments, including emergencies, were closed, causing a hardship for farmers and others visiting hospitals to care for their livestock and pets.
Amarjeet Singh Batth, a resident of Major Jagir Singh Road, said: “My pet’s wounds had to be dressed. As the Gadvasu hospital is closed, I had to take her to a private vet, who charged a high fee. In addition, the private veterinarian had to re-examine the case as the history sheet was at Gadvasu hospital. “
One of the doctoral students from Gadvasu hospitals, available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., said: “As of December 2, we only treat emergency cases, in which people complain of liver and kidney problems in patients. pets. We received about 10 such cases every day. We do not treat other cases like skin disorders, vaccination and bandage. Before the strike, we were handling over 150 cases at the OPD.
Ashwani Kumar, member of the Gadvasu Teachers Association, said: “These are referral hospitals for tertiary animal care. We provide emergency services. Teachers are forced to take to the roads to collect their basic contributions. We hope the government of Punjab will keep its promise. It is difficult to understand the government’s excessive delay, as the revised UGC salary scales have long been implemented across the country except for Punjab, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh. The government should take note of the teachers’ long struggle and help them collect their dues. “
Meanwhile, the Punjab Corona Lab Union in Gadvasu resumed its protest against the Punjab government on Sunday, which affected Covid sample testing. They are asking for the regularization of services. Nearly 27 staff members work at the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL), whose services are outsourced.
One of the officials said: “We want the regularization of the services of the staff members. At our last meeting with officials in Amritsar on December 8, we were assured that we will have preference when recruiting for labs that will open in civilian hospitals in 20 districts. Government officials asked us about our workforce and our estimated salary budget. By asking us to call off the strike, they said that we would be employed by the National Health Mission. “
VRDL staff, who are on a chain hunger strike, handed a memorandum to Congress official Bharat Prashar.
It remains to decide on the exams
With the research and extension services closed, the university has so far not decided to hold the final student exams, which usually take place in December.
The issue of the teachers’ strike was raised with the board at the last meeting and we are now awaiting notification from the state government. The exams have been postponed for 10 days, said Inderjeet Singh, Gadvasu VC.