With the Mumbai’s health services still reeling from the deadly air pollution incident, a number of veterinary assistants are struggling to make ends meet.
According to reports, the salaries of veterinary assistant at the Mumbai Medical College and Hospital (MMCC) are about Rs 1.5 lakh per month.
This figure has been reported by the Mumbai Mirror.
The paper reported that the total salary for veterinary assistant is Rs 1,00,000 per month and the average salary for a staff member at the MMCC is about Rs 2.25 lakh per year.
According to the MMTC, the veterinary assistant can be paid from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh depending on the type of work they do and their level of experience.
While some veterinary assistants earn between Rs 1 and Rs 2,000 a month, others earn between the two and five lakh.
A spokesperson from the MMMC told The Times that the Veterinary Assistant Pay Commission (VAPC) is currently assessing the situation.
“VAPCs are the government bodies responsible for paying salaries to veterinarians.
There is no minimum salary requirement,” he said.
The MMMC spokesperson added that it has received complaints from the veterinary assistants regarding a salary gap.
“The Veterinary Assistant Salary Commission has been investigating the issue and we have also initiated a compensation scheme to ensure veterinary assistants’ salary is not compromised by this situation,” he added.
The Veterinary Associate Medical College (VAMC) at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (CVMS) in Kolkata has received a large number of complaints of veterinary staff being paid less than Rs 2 per day, the spokesperson said.
According to a report in The Hindu, some veterinary assistant were paid less then Rs 1 per day while others were paid between Rs 2 and Rs 5.
The MMCC has been taking action against staff for not paying their salaries.
“The veterinary assistant pay commission has also initiated compensation scheme for the veterinary staff.
We have sent notices to all staff who were not paying the veterinary salary, we will also follow up with them,” the spokesperson added.