Rayagada: The Group D recruitment process is stalled at the district veterinary department. Despite the departmental directives, the district veterinarian and the recruitment committee have not been able to reach a decision, and no pianists or watchdogs have been appointed in the 11 blocks. As a result, employees who had previously attended the department and later lost their jobs are now living in misery.
Attendees employed in 2011 to provide mobile veterinary services in 11 blocks of Rayagadadistrict were working till 2017. After the removal of the attendant post in 2014, the staff has been left homeless.
The dismissed staff drew the attention of the director of animal husbandry and veterinary services through the district attorney for re-employment. The Odisha Board of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services released the list to fill the vacancies of pianists and watchdogs in the department after receiving letters of demand from departmental directors from all blocks and states in the district.
In 11 blocks of Rayagadadistrict, the departmental director directed the district veterinarian in letter No. 2124 dated 30.1.2018 to appoint 4 peon and 3 watchdog posts in 11 blocks by the service provider. But to date, the process has not been completed. About a year after the letter from the departmental director, on February 3, 2020, the district veterinarian outsourced the quotation, stating that the recruitment process could not be completed as it mentioned different amounts of staff salaries.
The departmental director then again directed that the dismissal of the attendant from the post of attendant in accordance with government guidelines in letter No. 4 dated 26.5.2020 be immediately postponed to the Group D post. But the district veterinarian has suppressed the letter from the department director, citing various concerns. As a result, the family of the attendant, who has been unemployed since 2014, is living in a state of homelessness.
In 2014, the then Rayagadadistrict magistrate expressed displeasure with the CDVO for the arbitrary rule of the departmental officials and asked to be appointed through the committee. But to no avail, the dismissed attendant went to the Rayagadadistrict magistrate’s office on the 9th to report the problem and demanded the completion of the Group D recruitment process. Chhattisgarh staff Panchanan Rath, Prafulla Kumar Ballabhbhai, Bhagirathi Bauri, Raj Kishore Nand, Ranjan Kumar Jena, S.K. Binod Kumar and Pramod Kumar Sahu have made major demands.
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