Verma for protection of green wealth

Commissioner Secretary Forests attending passing out parade.
Commissioner Secretary Forests attending passing out parade.

* Attends passing out parade

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 24: Commissioner Secretary Forests, Sanjeev Verma, today attended passing out parade of 31 Forest Guards who have successfully completed their entry level training course from the Forest Guard Training School, Doomi, Akhnoor.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and HoFF, Forest Department, Dr. Mohit Gera was the guest of honour on the occasion.
Commissioner Secretary inaugurated “Forest Martyrs Memorial” and paid rich tributes to the Forest Martyrs of J&K which was followed by presentation of ceremonial guard of honour by the contingents of Forest Protection Force, Foresters, Forest Guard trainees and brass band of Border Security Force.
He emphasized on sustainable and participatory management of forests for future generations. He impressed upon the frontline officers to dedicate themselves towards protection of green wealth of the UT. He also called for management of forests as well as the Non Timber Forest Products, firewood, fodder with the active participation of PRIs and people.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mohit Gera, said that the Forest frontline staff plays an important role in meeting the objectives of J&K Forest Department. He stressed upon further raising the training standards for frontline staff due to increasing challenges in protection of our forests. He spoke in detail about the challenges in the field and the important role of forest guards in protection of forests from encroachment, forest damage, forest fires and other pressures.
Later, the dignitaries conferred awards to outstanding Forest awards for their excellent performance in academics and extracurricular activities.
In the Academics, Amit Kumar of Nowshera Forest Division secured first position, Angraz Singh of Batote Forest Division secured second position and Pawan Kumar of Wildlife Division, Rajouri secured third position.
In the extracurricular activities, the first position was clinched by Kewal Singh of Basohli Forest Division, second position by Rajbinder Singh of Nowshera Forest Division and third position by Abdul Rehman Khan of Poonch Forest Division.
Earlier, Chief Conservator of Forests, B Balaji delivered the welcome address while Principal Forest Guard Training School, Doomi, Naresh Majotra presented the course report and declared the results of 57th Forest Guard Training Course.
Conservator of Forests, Working Plan, Research and Training, Irfan Ali Shah presented vote of thanks.