PCCF Raghuveer Instumental of forest conservation
PCCF P. Raghuveer has become the head of the Telangana Forest Department by providing excellent services in forest development and conservation. He received high peaks as a guide for those who came forward to conserve plant breeding forests. He is currently the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Telangana Forest Development Corporation and will be retiring on the 30th of this month i.e., today.
Ponangi Raghuveer (Telangana 1984) has a Masters degree in Chemistry from Osmania University, Hyderabad, apart from Post Graduate Diplomas in Wildlife Management and Human Resource Management. He is also a trained Chief Information Officer from IIM, Ahmedabad. Currently he is pursuing his MBA (HR). He is working in the current assignment since March 2019 and is overseeing the operations in managing plantations across the state of Telangana and promoting Ecotourism activities.
He has brought in several innovative initiatives in the Corporation including FSC certification for the forest produce, ISO certification for process improvement, collaboration with NGOs such as Sankalp Taru and Smaran, Consultancy works for NTPC and RFCL, apart from measures for improving plantation productivity. Botanical garden, Kondapur is the first park in the country to have received ISO 9001:2015 certification during 2019.
He is instrumental in converting barren quarry area in botanical garden to a green valley and reviving Dhanvanthari herbal garden with 1 lakh medicinal plants of 100 different species. He has converted the parking area into Singidi SmART park through intensive plantation using Miyawaki technique, translocating 25 big trees of Terminalia mantaly (Madagascar Almond / Umbrella Tree), developing groves of Usiri (Phyllanthus emblica) and Maredu (Aegle marmelos), etc. Adoption of trees has been initiated with Canara Bank supporting plantation program in PPCP and more agencies coming forward to adopt the plantation program.
Diversifying the portfolio of operations of TSFDC, for the first time a pilot project has been launched to supply 10,000 pallets (wooden frames) to the Central Warehousing Corporation Ltd. Pulpwood supplies to SPM Ltd have been resumed. The long overdue auditing of TSFDC accounts have been got done and first ever Annual General meeting also conducted due to pro-active measures taken by him. A unique Konda Gorre rewilding project has been launched in collaboration with Chitrak LLP at Lalgadi Malakpet urban forest park. A cycling path of over 10 km distance in the lap of Nature is set up, apart from providing enhanced livelihood opportunities to the local communities.
Prior to that he worked as PCCF looking after Vigilance, Research, Information Technology and Publicity wings of the Forest Department at state level and successfully steered the Jungle Bachao Jungle Badhao campaign. Earlier as Director of TS Forest Academy, Dulapally, he has launched several path-breaking initiatives to enhance effectiveness of training of field officers. These include seminar system, weekly director’s feedback session, mentoring system, night patrolling, suggestion box, weapon training, GPS and computer training, personality development module, post card feedback system, seminar projects, etc. Forest Academy received an Award for Educational Excellence from Indus Foundation, New Jersey, in September 2012 during the Indo US Global Education Summit.
As organizing secretary of APEC (Andhra Pradesh Environment Connect) he was instrumental in setting up a network of stakeholders working towards a better environment. APEC has more than 1200 members and focuses mainly on Energy Conservation, Water Conservation, Recycling, Tree Planting/Protection, Organic Farming and Total Sanitation Campaign at Panchayath level. He is an ardent campaigner for invoking ISR (Individual Social Responsibility) amongst citizens for a better environment through individual actions.
As Addl. Secretary to Government (egovernance) he was responsible for conceptualizing and implementing some key e-governance projects and formulating policies in the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh. The projects include Caring Gov, Social Benefits Management System, eprocurement, Parishkaram Call Centre, Integrated Financial Information System, AP online, eseva, Jawhar Knowledge Centres, etc.
He is a regular Resource Person on e-governance and Natural Resource Management for NIRD (National Institute of Rural Development), NISG (National Institute of Smart Government), ASCI (Administrative Staff College of India), ESCI (Engineering Staff College of India) and Dr. MCRHRD Institute. He facilitated e-Governance workshops for Officials of Govt. of Sri Lanka, Government of Bangladesh, Govt. of Assam and Govt. of Manipur. He played a key role in the successful IT operations (media centre, website, Games Info Centre, SMS facility, Games Management System, Arrival Tracking System, Accreditation Centres, etc) during the 1stAfro Asian Games held in Hyderabad in 2003. This has enabled India to get to host for the first time Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010.
Excellent work by GIS and MIS system
He has been in the field of using ICT tools in Government sector for the past 25 years, with focus on change management, business process re-engineering and institutional capacity building. Played a key role in transforming forest department with the establishment and institutionalization of GIS and MIS wings and extensive use of technology for evolving good decision support systems.
As Conservator of Forests, Warangal, he was instrumental in taking up innovative extension approaches like Warangal Vanapremi and Vanyaprani Masam celebrations, apart from initiating for the first time EIA (Environment Impact Assessment) of a tribal jathara in Medaram which is attended by over 40 lakh people in the Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary area. The study resulted in focusing the attention of all stakeholders on the irreparable damage being caused to the environment due to the biennial Jathara and the District Administration consequently declared the 2002 Medaram Jathara as an Ecofriendly Jathara.
He was instrumental in changing the Government Policy on earmarking the VSS Chairperson/Vice-Chairperson post to Women members to ensure greater sense of participation and ownership among them. His book Little Drops…Make an Ocean which provides a ring side view from citizen perspective about the impact of soil and moisture conservation measures taken up in Warangal and Karimnagar districts was released in the State Assembly in the year 2001 and was appreciated by NABARD as well.
His other Key assignments include Conservator of Forests, World Bank Assisted AP Forestry Project, when the first ever state-wide stakeholder consultation in over 300 locations on the transition from JFM to CFM was supervised. He managed 18 national and international Consultancies under this Project right from conceiving the Terms of Reference to Contract Management as per the procurement guidelines of the World Bank, apart from following up on the recommendations. He had worked as a Consultant for the World Bank as “Forestry Specialist” in its Supervision Mission to review Maharashtra Forestry Project. He worked as Project Director, World Bank Assisted ICDS Project in Women Development and Child Welfare Department, when he had introduced the first ever community growth chart in the country, apart from streamlining the information system management.
His CIO project on PPMS (Plantation Performance Monitoring System) won the National Merit Award of Govt. of India during 2003. His case study on “Application of IT in Administration” was adjudged the best and awarded the Telecomm India 2004 National Excellence award. His case study on e-governance initiatives in Andhra Pradesh was awarded the CSI-Nihilent egov award for the year 2004
As an Election Observer, he had Conceptualized, designed and developed a comprehensive online Municipal Elections Monitoring Information System for Guntur District during September 2005 which enabled effective monitoring of implementation of code of conduct by all 1600 contesting candidates. The State Election Commission directed all other District Collectors to follow this model for greater transparency in election process.
He has been a Jury Member in several panels for selecting Green Initiatives, Green IT Company, egov initiatives for Improved Service Delivery, Green Champions, etc. He was also a member of the Expert Group of the National Biodiversity Authority, Govt. of India.
A symbol for guidance…D.V.Reddy GS SFSOA
PCCF P. Raghuveer, General Secretary, SFS Officers’ Association, Telangana D.V. Reddy congratulated about his services. He lauded his services, saying that the projects and programs achieved through hard work are yielding good results today. Despite of his retirement, his services are always needed by the forest department.
Best Services…Vanne Mohan TFROA
PCCF P. Raghuveer for the progress of the Telangana Forest Department, especially in forest development and conservation. Vanne. Mohan The General Secretary of the Telangana Forest Range Officers’ Association, said that was an indefatigable farmer and no equivalent for him praised mohan. He lauded the pioneers for providing invaluable services in initiating new innovations in various fields in the forest department.
A sign of success… Md.Mozam Ali Khan President TJFOA
Mozam Ali Khan, President, Telangana Junior Forest Officers’ Association, congratulated PCCF P. Raghuveer for providing excellent services in various capacities in the forest department and for being a symbol of success. Many new projects aimed at forest development and conservation in 35 years of long service; Mentioned that the programs were designed and spent well.