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Uttarakhand Forest Fire: Uttarakhand High Court Asks State to Fill all Vacancies in Forest Department within 6 Months [READ JUDGMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 13 Apr 2021 9:54pm

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Quoting "For, until and unless sufficient manpower and physical infrastructure are not provided to the Forest Department, it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the Forest Department, to carry out its functions," the Uttarakhand High Court has asked the State Government to take steps for filling up vacancies in its Forest Department, preferably within six months.

A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma stated,

"The State should ensure that sufficient fund is given to the Forest Department so that the vacancies can be filled up. Therefore, the State, especially the Forest Department, should ensure that sixty-five percent of vacancies in the cadre of Forest Guard are eliminated, and all the vacancies are filled-up within a period of six months."

The order further stated, "Moreover, the eighty-two percent vacancies that exist in the cadre of Assistant Conservator of Forest should equally be filled up as expeditiously as possible, preferably within a period of six months. Likewise, the vacancies existing in the cadre of Ranger should be filled up as expeditiously as possible, preferably within a period of six months. Moreover, the Forest Department should have the necessary equipment and the physical infrastructure."

During the hearing, it was informed that the Forest Department has a large number of vacancies. The sanctioned strength of Forest Guards is 3650, out of which there is a vacancy of 2098. Thus, there is a vacancy for 65% of the staff. Similarly, there are 82% vacancies in the cadre of Assistant Conservators of Forest. Likewise,… Continue Reading...


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