Amid VB arrests, tussle on for high Punjab Forest Division publish

Amid VB arrests, tussle on for high Punjab Forest Division publish



Tribune Information Service

Rajmeet Singh

Chandigarh, June 13

The latest arrest of former Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and a former Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Mohali, Guramanpreet Singh by Vigilance Bureau on prices of corruption has dropped at the fore the tussle among the many high Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers for the publish of chief of the Punjab Forest Division.

The chief of the state Forest Division is designated as Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Head of Forestry Power [PCCF (HOFF)].

A day earlier than the DFO was arrested on June 2, Lal Chand Kataruchak, Forest Minister within the Bhagwant Mann-led AAP authorities, had ordered large-scale controversial transfers. Amongst them was Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF, Wildlife) RK Mishra — the senior-most IFS officer within the division — who was shifted as MD, Punjab Forest Company. For the previous eight months,

The publish of PCCF (HOFF) has been mendacity vacant since September 3, 2021. However IFS officer Parveen Kumar, a rank junior to Mishra, had been given the cost in the course of the earlier CM Charanjit Singh Channi-led Congress authorities. It’s learnt Mishra, a 1990 batch IFS officer, has in a illustration to the federal government claimed he’s the one senior officer within the rank of PCCF, in comparison with Parveen Kumar, who’s taking care of the work of PCCF (HOFF) within the rank of Extra Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.

Although the Ministry of Atmosphere and Forests had written to the Chief Secretary, Punjab, on November 23, 2021, to convene a gathering of the particular choice committee for the collection of the PCCF (HOFF), the state authorities had been dilly-dallying on the matter. Each Mishra and Kumar couldn’t be contacted for remark.

A senior vigilance officers stated the probe indicated large-scale corruption concerned in posting and transfers within the division since 2017, when Dharamsot took over the Forest Minister.

Although the Vigilance Bureau is but to scrutinise the latest large-scale transfers by minister Kataruchak, numerous appointments and posting carried out within the division in the course of the earlier Congress regime are beneath scrutiny.

Transfers day earlier than motion

  • Day earlier than DFO’s arrest on June 2, govt shifted Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) RK Mishra as Punjab Forest Corpn MD
  • He had been awaiting promotion panel meet to determine appointment as PCCF, Head of Forestry Power, the highest publish
  • IFS officer Parveen Kumar, a rank junior to Mishra, had been given cost in the course of the Channi-govt
  • Mishra, 1990-batch IFS officer, in a illustration to govt staked declare to the publish, saying he’s the one sr officer within the PCCF rank





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