Telangana Forest Dept pays tribute to Ranger Srinivasa Rao: Unions demand to provide weapons for protection of field staff
Protection of field level forest employees and personnel is given high priority: PCCF
We will see that the proposals of the associations are brought to the attention of the government and resolved
PCCF (HoFF) R.M. Dobriyal in meeting with representatives of various Forest Employees Associations.
PCCF (HoFF) R M. Dobriyal held a meeting with various forest unions in Aranya Bhavan in connection with the murder of ranger Srinivasa Rao in Bhadradri Kottaguden district. Earlier, the officials who paid tributes to Srinivasa Rao’s death observed two minutes of silence and expressed their condolences to the family members.
Later, the representatives of Junior Forest Officers Association, Forest Range Officers Association, State Forest Officers Association, IFS Association – Telangana Chapter strongly condemned the incident. They protested the attacks on the staff who are working diligently for forest protection.
They appealed to the authorities and the government to ensure that such incidents do not happen in the future. After the incident, the representatives of the communities thanked the government and the high officials for their immediate response.
The organizations demanded that the proposal of providing weapons for the protection of the field workers and personnel should be resolved immediately, the establishment of special forest stations, the filling of vacancies in the forest department, the coordination with the revenue and police departments should be increased and the process of identifying the forest boundaries should be completed in all the beats.
It is proposed that the government should take action to ensure that Guthikoyas do not come under the cultivators, they should be identified as forest encroachers and taken out of the forest.
PCCF (HoFF) R. M. Dobriyal assured that besides giving high priority to the protection of field level employees and staff, the problems faced at the field levels will be brought to the attention of the government and resolved as soon as possible.
In the meeting, PCCF (CAMPA) Lokesh Jaiswal, PCCF (FAC) M.C. Pargain, PCCF (Vigilance) Elusing Meru, Additional PCCF Sunitha M Bhagwat, other officers, staff and representatives of all forest Association participated.