Blame authorities for ‘mess’ in department
Srinagar, Aug 29: As the Forest department transferred several forest officials including Rangers of various ranges in South Kashmir, the locals here are up in arms against the authorities for giving additional charges to the Mattan Ranger.
Locals said that the additional Pahalgam forest Range to the Mattan Ranger has resulted in sufferings to the residents here.
They blame authorities for the ‘mess’ in the forest department as there are many officials who have been prematurely transferred and send to very far-off places.
The locals said that there are a few examples where one can raise eyebrows on the placement and postings of some officials like Ranger Mattan who has been given additional charge of Pahalgam range.
Many rangers while talking to KNS said there are a few rangers who are waiting for their positing and have requested authorities to give them suitable postings but it has yielded no results.
However, they alleged that some rangers have been given prize positing and it seems forest minister and the authorities at the helm are least bothered to maintain transparency and discipline in the transfers.
KNS has learnt that the recently promoted Assistant Conservator of Forests have not joined their new place of posting and are drawing salary without working even for a single day.
Sources said that the Department of Forests is in complete mess in South Kashmir particularly Lidder forest division where complaints are pouring in regarding the timber smuggling.
According to locals, the authorities after receiving the complaints give deaf ear and it seems that there is huge nexus between the officials and the authorities.
When contacted Conservator of Forest South Kashmir, Muhammad Shafi Kanu, he said that the matter will be looked into and all the grievances will be redressed soon. (KNS)