Tuesday, 5 July, 2022
TopicIndian Forest Service

Topic: Indian Forest Service

Shot, stabbed, mauled, killed — it’s all in a day’s work for MP’s unarmed forest staff

Madhya Pradesh forest dept says arming forest guards will allow them to defend themselves against poachers. But granting the power to bear and use arms isn't as simple.

Bid to break ‘IAS monopoly’? Forest service officer named MHA additional secretary in rare move

B.V. Umadevi, a 1987-batch Chhattisgarh-cadre IFoS officer, has been posted as an additional secretary in MHA. Govt officers also point to a crunch of IAS officers at the Centre.

This Tamil Nadu IFS officer saves environment by day, and draws what she protects by night

The 2013-batch officer — an ex-techie who’s working on tech-based initiatives to help the forest department — has just self-published a calendar with her own art.

Centre vs states, rules vs convention — who really controls IAS officers

The tug-of-war over former West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has triggered a debate over the separation of powers between central and state govts.

From bare hills to thriving home for Asiatic Lion — how Girnar scripted a green makeover

Over the last 3 decades, Girnar, near the more famous Gir reserve, has scripted a transformation that not only helped wildlife but also local inhabitants.

Days after IFS officers’ letter, govt forms panel to improve working conditions of forest staff

Indian Forest Service officers have for a long time demanded social & financial recognition for staff who confront innumerable dangers, including armed poachers, in the line of duty.

Need national policy for forest officers — IFS body demands protection, recognition of officers

IFS body writes to govt, asking for compensation package for staff who die in line of duty, and constitution of a President’s Gallantry Medal.

NITI Aayog plans private partnerships to revive India’s degraded forests

Experts say the government’s focus on degraded forests is welcome, but express apprehensions about bringing in private players to save them.

Retired IFS officers question forest certification scheme & NGO Modi govt chose to run it

Retired IFS officers have said the NGO chosen to execute the scheme will get undue powers and endanger the livelihood of tribals dependent on forest produce.

Modi govt has a new headache — social media campaigns by unhappy IAS, Railways officers

Officers say social media is a convenient platform to register their protest and grievances with ‘unresponsive’ Modi govt.

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Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Indian Naval Air Squadron INAS 324 commissioned at Visakhapatnam | Twitter | @PBNS_India

India’s Eastern Seaboard gets its first naval air squadron INAS 324

With INAS 324, the Indian Navy's Eastern Seaboard will now operate a naval air squadron with HAL’s indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.