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Major shakeup in Forest Dept; Vinod Singhal made HoFF

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By Arun Pratap Singh
Dehradun, 26 Nov: In a sudden move this morning, a major reshuffle was ordered by Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami in the Forest Department. As many as 34 Indian Forest Service (IFS) cadre officers were reshuffled. The most surprising move was the replacement of Head of the Forest Force (HoFF) Rajiv Bhartari with Vinod Singhal. Bhartari has been posted as Chairman of the Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board. He has been replaced as HoFF by Vinod Singhal, who was posted as Chairman of the Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board. Bhartari can remain as HoFF for only a one year period. Sources claim that Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat and Bhartari did not have a smooth relationship. It may be recalled that Harak Singh even had problems with PL Jairaj, Bhartari’s predecessor as HoFF. Bhartari, otherwise, has a good career record.
Anoop Malik has been relieved of additional charge as Principal Forest Conservator, Wildlife, but will continue to hold charge as Chief Project Director, Uttarakhand Forest Resources, and be In-charge of JICA projects. Jabar Singh Suhag, currently posted as Chief Project Officer, CAMPA projects, has been relieved of his charge as Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife. Nishant Verma, presently posted as Chief Forest Conservator with the Uttarakhand Forest Corporation on deputation, has been relieved of this charge and posted as Chief Forest Conservator, Forest Conservation, Forest Fires and Disaster Mitigation.
Chief Forest Conservator, Eco-Tourism, Parag Madhukar Dhakate has been given additional charge as Chief Forest Conservator, Wildlife. Conservator Forests, Ashik Kumar Gupta, currently attached to Forest Headquarters, has now been transferred as Conservator Forests, Shivalik Circle. Dharmesh Kumar Singh has been transferred as Conservator/Additional Director Forestry Training Academy, where he replaces Conservator Deepchand Arya who has been transferred as Conservator, Western Circle, Haldwani. Akhilesh Tiwari, Conservator has been shifted as Director, Rajaji National Park, and Director, Nandadevi Biosphere Reserve. Deputy Conservator D Thirugyanasambadam has been posted as DFO, Haridwar. Vinod Kumar Bhargav has been posted as Deputy Conservator, Planning & Finance Management, at Forest Headquarters. He was posted as DFO Pithoragarh.
DFO, Dehradun, Rajiv Dhiman has been transferred as DFO, Narendranagar. Prasanna Kumar Patro will hold additional charge as Director, Dehradun Zoo, and Director, Haldwani Zoo. Others who were transferred today included Dharm Singh Meena, Mayank Shekhar Jha, Nitishmani Tripathi, Dr Koko Rose, Amit Kumar Kanwar, Kalyani, Himanshu Bagri, Kundan Kumar, Ashutosh Singh, Neraj Kumar, Indra Singh Negi, Deep Chandra Pant, Vinod Kumar Singh-II, Sarvesh Kumar, RC Kandpal, Dinkar Tiwari, Babulal and Prakash Chandra Arya. In addition, recently transferred Sushant Kumar Patnaik and Prasanna Patro will continue to hold their present charge as their transfer orders have been cancelled.