Narendra Kumar likely to be the new PCCF of Madhya Pradesh
Chief wildlife warden Narendra Kumar is likely to be appointed as the new principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) or the head of the forest force after the incumbent PCCF, Anil Oberoi, superannuates on May 31.
If sources in the state government are to be believed then the decision to appoint Narendra Kumar, a 1978 batch Indian forest service (IFS) officer as the next PCCF, has already been taken in principle. Formal orders are likely to be issued by the end of the month.
The superannuation of PCCF Anil Oberoi and member, environment, Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) SP Singh on May 31 would create two vacancies at the PCCF level, paving way for promotion of additional PCCF, protection, Ravi Shrivastava and additional PCCF, wildlife, Jitendra Agarwal, both 1979 batch officers to the PCCF rank.
While the departmental promotion committee (DPC) meeting has already been held for elevation of Ravi Shrivastava, the DPC for elevation of Jitendra Agarwal is yet to be held.
All eyes are now on the post of chief wildlife warden, also a PCCF rank post, and speculation is rife on who would be appointed as the next chief wildlife warden.
While Jitendra Agarwal, presently serving as additional PCCF in the wildlife wing, seems like a natural choice for the post, the state government may appoint any of the other PCCF rank officers as well.
A delay in holding a DPC meeting for promotion of Jitendra Agarwal to the PCCF rank, indicates at the possibility, sources say.
At least eight cases related to the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi dispute will be heard in a civil court in Mathura today, when courts reopen after the summer vacation. Sensitive applications, including one seeking a survey and videography at Shahi Eidgah Masjid, next to the temple, are among those listed. The legal battle is similar to the one going on regarding the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi.
A day after monsoon arrival in the national Capital, moderate rain along with thundershowers will continue to prevail on Friday with the maximum temperature expected to settle at 32C, India's Meteorological Department's forecast said. The maximum temperature on Thursday was 29.4C degrees Celsius, seven degrees below normal for this time of the year. The minimum temperature on Friday is expected to hover around 24C.
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