Indian Forest Service probationers call on Vice-President

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New Delhi, May 13 (UNI) Vice-President Hamid Ansari today said the Indian Forest Service (IFS) is a challenging career that requries from its officers a great deal of responsbility and integrity.

Addressing the IFS trainee officers of the 2006 batch here, Mr Ansari said the IFS is one of the three All-India Services and ''is something more distinctive with multiple responsibilities''.

The IFS officers have got a great responsibility and future but their integrity would be tested virtually everyday during their service, he said, adding that ''public service in any branch really depends on the high sense of integrity.'' Referring to the difficulties of IFS officers in policing job of maintaining law and order in forests, Mr Ansari said though they do not have the power that law confers on police officers yet they perform their duty with a great deal of dedication and vision.

He also wished the trainee officers success in their career.

Mr G.K. Prasad, Addl. Director General (Forest), Ministry of Environment and Forest, and Mr R.K. Goyal, Director, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, were present.


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