Proposal for the name change of the Indian Forest Services
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Proposal for the name change of the Indian Forest Services

The primary objective of the service is the deployment of the National Forest Policy, and sustainable use of the timber among the other listed agenda.

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Proposal for the name change of Indian Forest Services - Background Context

There is a name change ceremony the Union Government is thinking of for Indian Forest Services (IFoS). The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, Government of India initiated the inter-ministerial proposal for renaming Indian Forest Services (IFoS) to Indian Forest Service as Indian Forest and Tribal Service. This initiation also has the note of enabling the cadre to be more inclusive and responsive towards the tribal communities and forest dwellers for understanding their problems and enabling them to fulfillment of Govt. schemes designed for their livelihood and socio-economic upliftment.

The renaming exhortation (advise/recommendation) came from the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST).

Perhaps it is very obvious, that the forest provides them (tribal communities) every possible means to sustain livelihood and fulfill everyday requirements. The coupling of forest and tribal welfare and forest will further enable the forest administrative authorities to engage tribals in forest management. Renaming will also foment or inspire better sensitivity of the forest departments towards addressing the needs of tribal and forest dweller communities.

About the Indian Forest Service (IFoS)

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  • It all started in the year when the British Indian Government decided to initiate the Imperial Forest Department, a positive step toward the conservation of forest and ecological biodiversity of India.
  • Dr. Dietrich Brandis (Botanist and forestry academic and administrator) was appointed as General Forest Officer Inspector General of Forest in the year 1866.
  • He worked under this title for nearly 30 years. Considering the vast geographical area of India and varied species of animal and plants and their close relationship with the tribal communities, and to bring affairs of the Imperial Forest Department, the British.
  • India's Government decided to institute the Imperial Forest Service in the year 1867.
  • However the title Forestry was resettled to the Provincial List by the Government of India Act 1935, and further recruitment for the Imperial Forest Service was discontinued.
  • Indian Forest Services (IFoS) completes the triangle of All India Services, the other two are Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS). These services were constituted and established in the year 1966 (All India Service Act, 1951) by the newly formed Government of India.

The primary objective of the service is the deployment of the National Forest Policy, and sustainable use of the timber among the other listed agenda.