Thursday 15 May 2014

Author(s): Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava

The beetle and the bureaucrat

The beetle and the bureaucrat

Eleven lakh sal trees face the axe in order to exterminate a beetle that is boring a hole into the image of the forest bureaucracy

Choking research

Mismanagement in India's premier forestry research institute

Choking  research

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  • Forest officials across India

    Forest officials across India have a close mind to research and have never encouraged research nor research students into the forests easily. Many ifs and buts are given for granting of permission. Conservation must be based sound scientific principles. If the ICFRE Scientists are not allowed to function due to the bureaucracy of the Forest officials on deputation, how will we get new knowledge in forest protection, how do we expect to increase our forest cover. Countries overseas have gone to great lengths to protect their forests and biodiversity but Indian Forests continue to be managed in the same way as they were since independence. The Forest Officials attitude of "owners of the forests and know it all" has resulted in the present day conflicts with the forest communities.

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  • Not surprised at all! Because

    Not surprised at all!

    Because Forestry is a pseudo-science, where is the scope for scientific research?

    The FRI, Dehradun and now the ICFRE there has historically served as a convenient near home posting for the officer and scientist diaspora of UP in general and Gharwal in particular.

    How so many forest officers and forest scientists belong to Uttarakhand / UP is also an enigma?

    However, bureaucratic stasis (read RED TAPE) is not the exclusive proprietorship of the IFS. It is in-built into Research Methodology.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
  • Government of India should

    Government of India should review the functioning of ICFRE and MoEF by appointing a independent committee. The role of MoEF should not be confined to provide the forest and environmental clearance etc. More scientific and technological innovations are required to handle the present situation of the country environment degradation and climate change. MoEF has been spending crores of rupees every year for Ganga Action Plan, Yammuna Action Plan, Elephant project, Tiger project, Biosphere, Mangrove, National Afforestation Programme, Climate Change etc without taking much input from the scientific organisations. The services of scientific organisation should be utilized for improving the environmental degradation. The scientific organisation should be linked with the thrust area of MoEF and GoI and should be allowed to play a greater role and responsibilities independently in the field of Forest and Environmental Science. MoEF is a scientific organisation, therefore scientists in the MoEF should be given greater responsibilities.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
  • Down to Earth and Dr. Sunita

    Down to Earth and Dr. Sunita Narain should sensitize Honorable Modi ji and his government to save the world known organisation in the field of forest and environment science and also save the tax payer money.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
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