Forest personnel should be given modern equipment, says Upa Lokayukta
BANGALORE: The Upa Lokayukta, G. Patri Basavanagoud, on Saturday wanted the State Government to modernise the patrolling system in the forests, equipping the personnel with modern weapons and other equipment not only to tackle the menace of poaching and preventing smuggling activities, but to save the lives of the personnel.
Paying tributes to 33 personnel, including an officer belonging to the Indian Forest Service, who laid down their lives protecting the wildlife, the forests and forest wealth in the last 41 years in the State at the 16th Martyrs Day organised by the Forest Department, Mr. Basavanagoud wished that let there be no death of the personnel.
Mr. Basavanagoud said that those who sacrificed their lives were a model to others serving in different departments. He said that they only did their duties with commitment upholding the rule of law without fear or favour.
Recalling the plight of the family members of such victims in getting jobs on compassionate grounds, the ex-gratia or relief and admission in schools and colleges for their children, the Upa Lokayukta said the heads of departments should take personal interest in helping them.
If the personnel were injured in the operations, they should get all the medical assistance immediately.
Mr. Basavanagoud presented the appointment order to N. Satish, son of H.C. Narayana, forest guard, who was murdered by smugglers when he was on duty in Ainur Range of Shimoga district. Mr. Satish has been appointed as a first division assistant on compassionate grounds.
S. Parameshwarappa, former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, and A.K. Varma, PCCF, spoke. One of the personnel, who participated in the parade under the sun collapsed, because of exhaustion.