Bangalore: Indu Bhushan Srivastava, a 1975 batch officer of the Indian Forest Service, is likely to be appointed next Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of the Forest Force. He is expected to take charge on Saturday on the superannuation of the incumbent S. Nagaraj.
Sources in the State Government told The Hindu here on Wednesday that Mr. Srivastava is one among the two officers (the other being his senior A.K. Varma) who have been short-listed for appointment as PCCF and HoFF by a screening committee headed by Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath.
The appointment order is expected to be issued on January 30 and the new PCCF and HoFF will have to take charge the same day since January 31 is a Sunday.
Mr. Srivastava will supersede two officers of the 1974 batch of the IFS — Dilip Kumar and A.K. Varma. While Mr Dilip Kumar is Director-General of Forests serving in the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, Mr. Varma is presently serving as Managing Director of the Karnataka Forest Industries Corporation.
He had earlier served as Principal Chief Conservator of Forests between May 2007 to May 2008 and was one of the first to be replaced after the B.S. Yeddyurappa Government took charge.
Thereafter, Mr. Dilip Kumar who took charge as PCCF, was replaced within six months (December 2008) and S. Nagaraj posted in his place.
The State has thus been a witness to the head of the Forest Department being changed at frequent intervals although the position is of vital importance given the fact that forest clearance is mandatory for all major infrastructure works. It is now to be seen whether any of the officers to be superseded will move the Central Administrative Tribunal.