Vets rally against government move

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Apr 1, 2015-

The government’s decision to amend the Nepal Veterinary Council Act 1999, which lowers the qualification criteria for key appointments to the council, will “be the reason for its failure”, veterinarians have warned.

In a strong-worded statement released on Wednesday, the Nepal Veterinary Association (NVA) condemned the March 11 decision of the Cabinet to approve the first amendment to the act and threatened to “stop all veterinary services” across the country.

As per the Cabinet decision, even non-veterinary personnel can qualify for key positions at the Nepal Veterinary Council. The minimum educational requirement for a non-vet person to become a registered council member is 8th grade graduation.

The association also slammed the government for trying to quash their “peaceful” protest programmes in the Valley. On March 26, police had disrupted a rally organised by the association members near the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar. Police manhandled veterinarians and detained nine of them for up to eight hours, claimed the association.

Till now, the NVA has staged two protest programmes in Baluwatar and one each at Minister’s Quarters and in front of District Administration Office. “Nepal Veterinary Association will wait for government’s response with respect to cancellation or withdrawal of amended Act till 5th of April. If the government fails to fulfil our demands by that time, we will be forced to launch strong agitation,” said Dr Shital Kaji Shrestha, former general secretary of NVA.

Published: 02-04-2015 09:04

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