State president of Panchayat Veterinary Association, Mandi, Vinod Thakur, said on Wednesday that the state government had failed to pay salaries to panchayat veterinary assistants (PVAs) for the last five months.
He said the PVAs had been receiving honorariums of Rs 5,000 per month, in the name of salaries, for the last 10 years.
He said: "In this age of sky-rocketing prices, how can a family survive with such a marginal salary?”
He said nearly 450 PVAs were working in animal husbandry dispensaries across the state.
He further stated that the government said it was framing a comprehensive policy for PVAs whenever the association raised the issue of regularisation of the employment and hike in the salaries.
However, no such policy has been drafted so far. He said PVAS were working for the panchayati raj department but were receiving salaries from the animal husbandry department.
He said there was no coordination between both departments and neither of them bothered to release their salary in time.
He added that if the state government failed to solve the issue, then the association might hold protests.
When contacted, deputy director of the department of animal husbandry KK Sharma said the department had deposited the salaries of PVAs in their respective bank accounts and the PVAs would soon receive their salaries.