At least 53 per cent of the vacant veterinary posts in Tripura’s Animal Resource Development Department (ARDD), are lying vacant over the past five years.
In Tripura, where unemployment had always been a raging issue even before the BJP-led alliance government took charge in 2018, at least 117 of the 217 sanctioned posts in the department meant for veterinary officers has been lying vacant.
The last recruitment was conducted in 2014 who were duly processed and inducted in 2016.
No new recruitment has been conducted by the department since then, aspirants alleged.
They said that over hundreds of veterinary doctors have passed out since then who are somewhat earning by practicing privately or going to Kolkata in West Bengal.
“In West Bengal and other parts of the country, they have more opportunities as those have large commercial private farms, dairy industry, animal/poultry feed industry, private hospitals, etc, but, the pay is very low,” one of the aspirants said.
According to norms, there has to be at least one veterinary officer for every 5000 animals. The total livestock population is 13.18 lakh in Tripura that means, the state has at least 264 posts. However, of the sanctiones 217, only 100 are occupied.
A delegation of unemployed veterinary graduates had a meeting with ARDD minister Santana Chakma last year, and they were assured that the recruitment of vet doctors will be initiated soon.
Last year in 2017, the previous left front government had sought applications to recruit for 31 sanctioned posts, but after, BJP took charge, no progress has been made on that front.
Dr. K Shashi Kumar, director of ARDD said that the file for the recruitment of the veterinary officers has been forwarded to the government and action will be initiated once the council of ministers approves it in the cabinet meeting. “The decision will be taken shortly and the recruitment process can be started shortly. Once the file is approved by the cabinet, the process will start immediately,” Kumar said.