Deputy CM makes transfers in forest department bypassing cabinet

Srinagar: Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, who also holds additional charge of forest department among others, has ordered the transfer of some officers allegedly in contravention of norms by bypassing cabinet.

Official sources in the civil secretariat told GNS that the Deputy Chief Minister ordered the transfer of Principal Chief Conservator Forests, Ravi Kumar Kesar (IFS) and Managing Director forests Suresh Gupta (IFS)— among the 17 officials of the forests department.

Ravi Kumar Kesar, has been transferred and posted as Chief Wild Life Warden, J&K vice Manoj Pant (IFS). The post of chief wildlife shall be equivalent PCCF (HoFF) till the time it is held by Ravi Kumar Kesar (IFS), the order said.

Manoj Pant (IFS), APCCF, presently chief wildlife warden, J&K has been transferred and posted as Principal Chief Conservator of Forests of J&K vice Ravi Kumar Kesar.

Suresh Gupta (IFS), Managing Director J&K state forest Corporation has been transferred and posted as Project Chief IWDP-Hills vice Suresh Chug.

Besides these two top transfers, the minister has ordered the transfer of 15 others officials of the department.

A minister wishing not to be named told GNS that the transfers of Principal Chief Conservator and the Managing Director can only be transferred by the Cabinet or the order should through General Administration Department (GAD).

Despite, repeated attempts Dy CM Dr Nirmal Singh could not be contacted.

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