By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 16 Dec: The Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy organised the Inaugural Function of the IFS (Probationers) 2019-21 Course at its New Hostel Auditorium, here, today. Chandra Kishore Mishra, Secretary, Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Omkar Singh, Director, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy welcomed the Chief Guest and other senior officers, as well as the probationers of the 2019 batch. He said it is a challenging task to maintain the pace of development without harming natural resources. Quoting the ‘Atharv- Veda’, he said that conservation of natural resources had been a part of India’s cultural heritage, which is now known as ‘Sustainable Development’. He added that forests and natural resources were under immense pressure and all young officers needed to use innovative ways to enrich the forest resources. He informed the gathering that a total of 73 probationers had joined in this batch including 2 from the Royal Government of Bhutan. Out of these, there were 6 women probationers. He advised the probationers to attend the training with dedication and give their best. Secretary CK Mishra congratulated the young IFS probationers and extended his good wishes for their future career. He asked them to be the guardians of the forests to conserve and develop not only the forests of the country but all natural resources. He added that forestry is a noble profession and well connected with the Indian ethos and culture. He expressed his concern on climate change being a threat to the world and emphasised that forests being central to Climate Change mitigation efforts, the sector needed to rise to the occasion. He advised them to come up with new ways and path breaking ideas to achieve this goal. He stated that India is committed to off-setting its green house gases by 3 billion tons from the forestry sector by 2030 and to achieve this ambitious target, the Indian Forest Service officers had to play a major role. Funds available under CAMPA schemes had to be used for betterment of forestry. He asked the young probationers to work on new projects to ensure new sources of income and livelihood for the forest dependent communities. Dr S Senthil Kumar, Course Director, conducted the programme and the vote of thanks was proposed by Sushil Kumar Awasthi, Additional Director, IGNFA. The inauguration of the new annexe of IGNFA Executive Hostel was also held in the occasion.