Chandigarh, Nov 28 (UNI) The Punjab government would consider the lateral postings of Indian Forest Service (IFS) Officers in departments like Science and Technology, Environment, Pollution Control Board, Rural Development, Water Resources, Medicinal Plants Board and Agro-Industries Corporation etc.
An assurance to this regard was given by Punjab Forest Minister Tikshan Sud to a delegation of IFS Association (Punjab Chapter) which met the Minister here today.
The Association demanded that nine IFS officers out of the 58 cadre officers should be posted on state deputation in other departments.
The Association submitted a long list of 55 IFS officers of other states which have been posted on various posts such as Managing Director, Secretary, Additional Secretary, Special Secretary, Director, Chief Executive officer in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharshtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa, Kerala etc.
The President of the Association however, pointed out that in Punjab opportunity of lateral posting had been denied to the IFS officers.
After the meeting Mr Sud assured that the case about lateral posting would be taken up with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and equal opportunity would be provided to the IFS officers in Punjab also.
Mr Sud also directed the Forests Secretary to take immediate steps to fill up the vacant posts especially at the level of forest guards and clerks in the Forest Department to strengthen the vigilance in the field department.
He asked the Secretary to explore the possibilities for induction of suitable surplus staff from police and other departments in the Forest Department.