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Government plans to rename Indian Forest Service

Government plans to rename Indian Forest Service

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 Why in News?

  • The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions have initiated an inter-ministerial consultation note to rename the Indian Forest Service as Indian Forest and Tribal Service.

 Background

  • The move follows a directive from the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) to this effect.
  • Forest Service officials have always been the first point of the government contact for tribals.
  • But there is no awareness among the service, officials on the different problems.
  • In fact, tribals often complain of harassment like not being allowed to carry out their headloads of minor forest produce.
  • Management and Conservation.(Work of IFS)

 About Indian Forest Service(IFS)

  • IFS is one of the three All India Services of the Government of India after IAS and IPS.
  • It was constituted in the year 1966 under the All India Services Act, 1951.
  • The main mandate of the service is the implementation of the National Forest Policy in order to ensure the ecological stability of the country through the protection and participatory sustainable management of natural resources.
  • An IFS officer is wholly independent of the district administration and exercises administrative, judicial and financial powers in his own domain.
  • Earlier, the colonial government had constituted the Imperial Forest Service in 1867 which functioned under the Federal Government until ‘Forestry’ was transferred to the Provincial List by the Government of India Act,1935.
  • Thereafter subsequent recruitment to the Imperial Forest Service was discontinued.

 Way forward

  • Renaming will engender greater sensitivity on the forest department’s part towards the needs of ‘tribal’ communities.
  • Merging forest and tribal welfare administrations will further the participation of ‘tribals’ in forest management.

 Mains Question

  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  • The role of civil services in a democracy.Discuss.