Veterinary diploma holders demand representation

In an effort to give adequate representation to over 2 lakh diploma holders in veterinary services, Pune-based Veterinary Services of India, a national organisation representing all the diploma holders, is all set to provide their inputs to the national-level committee appointed to examine the Indian Vet Council Act, 1984. The meeting under the Ministry of Agriculture Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries will be held on January 8 in New Delhi.

The organisation is all set to discuss the amendments of various provisions of the IVC Act, as well as help diploma holders to pursue higher studies through distant mode of education under the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. "Even as the Act mentions that diploma holders can treat ailing animals and birds, the state and union governments have failed to implement the Act. This will affect rural livestock services,'' said Dr Narayan Joshi, president of the organisation.

In the meeting with Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar earlier last year, the organisation was directed to the National Livestock Department Council to address the issue. "The Centre had admitted that it was difficult to draw a line between regular and minor veterinary services. While graduate veterinary professionals are available at veterinary institutions, vast livestock owners are deprived of services in rural areas. They have to reach these institutions rather than look for local help that can be provided by diploma holders. The Union government, while drafting the notification, and the state government, while finalising the draft of the notification under Section 30(b) of the Act, had not taken proper care,'' said Joshi.

With the department having set up an expert committee on veterinary education under the chairmanship of former vice-chancellor of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), Chennai, the committee will examine the necessity to amend the IVC Act and is likely to furnish its recommendation this year after a discussion with the organisation.

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