33 (2021 batch) Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers undergoing training at Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun toured Telangana. This team of officers who are undergoing two years of training at the National Forest Academy visited Hyderabad, Siddipet, Medchal, Bhadradri Kothagudem districts for two days as part of field trips and studying successful forestry practices.
A team of trainee IFS praised the programs being implemented by the Telangana government and forest department as part of dealing with environmental changes. The members of the study team praised the state forest officials for achieving great results by implementing forest management and greening as a priority scheme in any new state. The trainee officers said that the forestry methods seen and learned in Telangana will be very useful in their service.
First, the team met Chief Forest Officer (PCCF & HOFF) RM Dobriyal and other senior officials at Aranya Bhavan. After the formation of Telangana, the innovative programs implemented by the Forest Department for the last eight years were explained through PCCF power point presentation.
He revealed that with the determination and perseverance of CM KCR and the encouragement given to the forest department, the greening of Telangana has been successful, more than 270 crore saplings have been planted and 7.7 percent greenery growth has been achieved across the state.
After that, the team of officials inspected Medchal Kandlakoya Urban Forest Park, Outer Ring Road, Greenery on Rajiv Highway, Avenue Plantation, Siddipet District Narsampally Block Plantation, Forest Restoration Works, Mulugu Model Nurseries.
Visited the proposed Forest University campus and met Dean Priyanka Varghese and discussed the features of Forest College. On the second day (17/01/2023) a group of trainee IFS visited the forest areas of Bhadradri Kothagudem district. Kottagudem forest officials explained the problems faced by the forest officials at the field level – solutions, wildlife safety, forest protection, fire prevention methods.
PCCF (CAMPA) Lokesh Jaiswal, PCCF (FCA) M.C. Pargain, PCCF (Vigilance) Elusingh Meru, Forest Department Nodal Officer Santaram, Dehradun Academy Faculty Gokra Watme, Chief Conservators, Forest Officers and staff of the respective districts participated.