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Vikram Kesharee Pradhan
Vikram Kesharee Pradhan
Dehradun, August 28
Additional Director General of the Union Environment and Forests Ministry AK Bansal today asked the passing-out Indian Forest Service (IFS) probationers to think globally and act locally, stating that it was the need of the hour.
Addressing the probationers at the Forest Research Institute’s today, Bansal said the forest services had seen a major change with focus getting shifted to the basic needs of the people keeping conservation in mind. “On one hand, basic needs of local communities have to be taken adequate care of, there is also a challenge of mounting pressure on natural resources,” he said.

The passing-out Indian Forest Service probationers in Dehradun on Tuesday; and (right) Additional Director General, Union Environment and Forests Ministry, AK Bansal, gives away the diploma and a memento to a probationer
The passing-out Indian Forest Service probationers in Dehradun on Tuesday; and (right) Additional Director General, Union Environment and Forests Ministry, AK Bansal, gives away the diploma and a memento to a probationer. Tribune photos: Vinod Pundir
Congratulating the passing-out IFS officer trainees, Bansal said the training imparted at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA) prepared the officers for the tough challenges that lied ahead of them. The forest managers, he said, could now work with confidence with the local institutions of decentralised governance such as gram sabhas, panchayats and joint forest committees. He also exhorted the officers to act as facilitators and work towards converting the threats to forests into opportunity by eliciting people’s cooperation. Bansal also handed over the diploma certificates to the IFS probationers. Officer trainees were awarded on the basis of their performance.
The Director General of the Indian Council for Forestry Research and Education Ministry of Environment and Forests, Dr VK Bahuguna asked the officers to turn their adverse circumstances and weakness into strength.
RK Goel, Director, IGNFA, said 68 officers of the 2010-12 professional forestry training course, including two trainees from Bhutan, had successfully completed the two-year training at the academy today. He said out of these, seven officers had secured more than 75 per cent marks in the aggregate. He advised the young probationers to work with utmost sincerity and devotion. He also told them that their compassionate attitude for the local communities will help them in protection and conservation of forests.
The convocation ceremony was attended by a large number of senior officials from the Centre and state government organisations.


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