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Forest officers to Environment minister

Forest officers to Environment minister

New Delhi, January 17, 2017 (PTI) Forest officers should be the voiceless and carry out their duties as trustees and owners of the country’s natural resource, Union Minister for Environment and Forest Bhupender Yoav stated on Monday.

The minister addressed the Indian Forest Service’s trainee probation officers. He also suggested that forest officers should accept local communities as partners in efforts to conserve and preserve the forest cover and its flora, fauna, and habitat. He advised them to avoid a “feudal approach”.

“The IFS officers are the voice of the voiceless. Who are the voiceless? They are our wildlife and forests. You must be their voice. Yadav stated that you must work for their conservation and protection.

“While all of this is happening, you must bring the local communities along. He stated that local communities are partners in conservation efforts.

Yadav stated that forest officers are an empowered, competent, and competent workforce of government. They must be proactive, community-centric and citizen-oriented in their approach to dealing with the community in the forest landscapes under their jurisdiction.

He stressed that forest officers must be “earnestly humane” in their approach and be sensitive to the “aspirations and needs” of the community.

The minister was speaking to 64 IFS probationer trainees from the 2020 batch, who are currently undergoing training at the Indira Gandhi Natal Forest Academy, Dehradun.

Yadav pointed out that most probationers are engineers and said, “I congratulated you and it is also a matter of concern to us.” You will need to get beyond your engineering mindset. “You are more than an engineer. You are IFS officers. This means you can be forest managers, wildlife protectors as well as law enforcers, administrators, scientists, and administrators. These traits will be part and parcel of your personality. You will need to learn new skills and knowledge to be effective in your job,” he stated.

“You have now become an officer and completed your training. He said, “It’s good, but not enough.”

The minister stated that the country, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, is striving for transformation on all fronts of developmental progress while simultaneously addressing challenges and crises related to various environmental frontiers, such as climate change, land degradation and pollution.

According to him, this makes the role of forest officials in the present era even more crucial and important in advancing and practicing sustainable development.

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Yadav reiterated India’s targets and commitments for carbon sequestration, zero emission dateline, proportion solar power and other environmentally-efficient sources in energy mix, conservation and biodiversity, and asked the officers for creative and innovative ways to achieve them.

Ashwini Choubey, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, addressed officers. She said that there are many areas where interaction is possible with communities living in forests and other people. It is important that IFS officers use an empathetic, responsive, and facilitative approach to conduct and discharge their duties.

He said that the whole process requires “utmost sincerity, a citizen-centric and humane approach to the entire process.” PTI PK DIVISION

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