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Forest minister blows hot, blows cold

THE PROMOTIONS of the Forest Range Officers, due for the last several years, would be coming through in two months, said minister of State for Forest (independent charge) Virendra Singh during his address to the forest range officers in their annual meet at Ganna Sansthan on Tuesday.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 01:15 IST

THE PROMOTIONS of the Forest Range Officers, due for the last several years, would be coming through in two months, said minister of State for Forest (independent charge) Virendra Singh during his address to the forest range officers in their annual meet at Ganna Sansthan on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister assured the forest range officers of coming out with a formula under which promotions, not only to forest range officers, but to all forest rangers and guards would be possible.

The minister accepted all the demands raised by forest range officers, but at the same time, pulled up corrupt officials too.  He took a dig at the corrupt forest range officers saying that 90 per cent of them had palatial houses in big cities. “It means 90 per cent are earning money the wrong way,” he said, adding that the plan as per which forest range officers were supposed to visit each others’ ranges and report the problems of those range to the higher officials made him curious. Minister said, “Till date, I have received no complaint against anyone, which means everyone is doing an excellent job.

 In other words, everyone is either hobnobbing with each other or shielding one another’s faults.”

Giving a big relief to the officers, the minister announced to form a three-member committee headed by president of the Indian Forest Service RP Tewari, which would recommend solution to the problems in cadre management and formation of service manual.

The committee will forward its recommendations to the minister regarding the cadre review within two months, he directed.

Earlier, speaking in the meeting general secretary of forest range officers TN Singh asked for proper cadre management, and demanded a proper service manual.

He took up other causes of forest range officers too like outdated arms, lack of funds and modernisation of the department. Also present during the meet were chief forest conservator SK Dutta and special secretary Rudra Kumar Gupta.