Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday distributed appointment letters to a total of 159 officials recently recruited in the Forest Department in various positions.
The CM gave away appointment letters to 48 Assistant Conservators of Forest and 111 Forest Rangers in a function organised by Forest and Environment Department at Jaydev Bhawan here.
It is for the first time that a special drive for recruitment of officers in such a number is taking place in the State.
Patnaik welcomed the newly recruited youths and asked them to to work for sustainable management of forest and environment of the state.
“Strengthening of work force in the Department by way of regular appointments and imparting technical training to all levels of employees is essential for sustainable management of forest and conservation of environment,” Patnaik said.
“Selection of 48 Assistant Conservators of Forests and 111 Range Officers through direct recruitment will definitely help in bridging the gap of vacancies in these cadres. It will be our endeavour to fill up the vacant posts in all the cadres in a time bound manner”, hoped the CM.
“Odisha is rich in forest and bio-diversity. Based on the State Forest Report 2017, our State has recorded an increase of about 900 square kilometres of forest cover in a short period since 2015 assessment,” Patnaik stated in his address to the gathering.
“The reason for increase in forest cover of the State is mainly due to the conservation and plantation initiatives taken up by the State both within and outside the recorded forest area and implementation of Joint Forest Management initiatives with active involvement of the local people,” added Patnaik.
“The role of the Forest Officers is crucial for successful management of forest in the State,” said the CM.
Forest and Environment Minister Bijyashree Rourtray, Chief Secretary A P Padhi were among the eminent dignitaries who graced the occasion with their presence.