Forest officers’ switch raises eyebrows; Mohali DFO retained
Chandigarh, June 1
The big-scale switch of forest officers by the Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) authorities has raised many eyebrows, because the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Mohali, who’s below scanner in reference to the alleged sale of farmhouses, has been retained whereas officers probing his case have been shunted out.
WWICS senior Director Davinder Singh Sandhu lately complained on the anti-corruption helpline in opposition to DFO Guramanpreet Singh and submitted a purported video sting, during which the forest officer may very well be heard facilitating the sale of farmhouses close to Mohali’s Masol village.
Minister defends official
Transferring the DFO would have despatched a flawed sign as he’s taking on the realtor who was illegally carving out farmhouses in Mohali. —Lal Chand Kataruchak, Forest minister
Subsequently, the federal government requested Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), Hills, Mahavir Singh to submit a report on Sandhu’s allegation.
The CCF (Hills) had written to the DIG, Cycler Cell, Punjab Police, to forensically study the video after the DFO claimed it was a doctored video.
Within the newest switch orders of forest officers, Mahavir Kumar has been shifted because the CCF (Working Plan), whereas Indian Forest Service officer Bansta Raj Kumar joins in his place.
One other IFS officer Harsh Kumar, who was working because the CCF (Hills) after the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) ordered established order on his posting, has additionally been transferred because the Director, State Forests Analysis Institute, Laddowal.
Harsh Kumar, who was additionally probing the video sting case, had written to the Extra Chief Secretary (ACS), Forests, to switch the DFO in order that honest probe may very well be carried.
Defending the transfers, Forest Minister Lal Chand Kataruchak mentioned the choice had been taken after due consideration.
On DFO Guramanpreet, the minister mentioned his providers have been required for some necessary initiatives and transferring him out would have despatched a flawed sign as he was taking over the realtor who was illegally carving out farmhouses.
In the meantime, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF, Wildlife) RK Mishra — the senior-most IFS officer within the division — has been transferred as MD, Punjab Forest Company. For the previous eight months, Mishra has been awaiting the departmental promotion committee (DPC) assembly that can resolve his appointment because the PCCF, Head of Forest Drive (HOFF).