Hyderabad: As per the instructions of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, some 200 committed and dedicated officers in the Forest Department have been posted in the areas where the forest is large to act tough with timber smugglers and poachers. Officers with commitment in protecting the forests and afforestation were posted in important places recently.
It may be mentioned here that the Chief Minister instructed officials concerned to initiate steps for forest rejuvenation in forest lands with a slogan ‘Jangil Bachavo-Jangil Badavo” (Save the forest and Improve the forest). The CM made it very clear that the responsibility of saving the forest should be entrusted to officers with commitment. He said instead of most of the officers working at the headquarters, they should be moved to field level. In tune with CM’s instructions, forest reforms have been initiated. This includes appointing committed officers at important places, initiating action against those officers, who helped the smugglers, issued memos to those officers, who are irresponsible in their duties and so on.
Some 200 officers from Chief Conservator level to Beet officers have been transferred. The CM has approved and signed the file on Tuesday. Some 21 officers, who are working currently at district level as Chief Conservators, Conservators and DFOs have been entrusted with the responsibility of the districts. Chief Conservator of Forests AK Sinha was transferred to Achampet, Conservator of Forests Sharwanand and Vinod Kumar to Medak and Kawaal, Mancherial, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Jangaon, Bhupalapally, Khammam, Palvancha, Kinnerasani, Warangal, Khanapur, Nizamabad, Amrabad, Banswada, Illendu, Khagaznagar, Echoda new DFOs have been appointed. Nineteen Range officers have been transferred. New Range officers are appointed at Mahabubabad, Gudur, Gangaram, Bayyaram, Azamnagar, Peddapalli, Narsampeta, Mancherial, Dornakal, Karimnagar, Kothagudem, Keramerri, Bellampally, Tiryani, Gandhari, Banswada, Pitlam, Nagireddypeta and Dulapally. In all 160 foresters and Beet officers are transferred.
CM has instructed recently that such of those officers, who are careless and irresponsible in their duties of protecting the forests and also indulging and helping the smugglers are to be punished severely. With this, on the complaint of collusion with the smugglers, 11 forest officers have been suspended. These include from Forest development level to forest guards’ level. Memos have also been issued to those who are careless and irresponsible in their jobs.