Dehradun: Expressing displeasure over giving the charge of the range to the deputy rangers, the high court on Wednesday ordered principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) Vinod Singhal to take immediate action against the divisional forest officers and other senior officers involved in flouting of the rules. The court also directed Singhal to appear before the court in the next hearing on June 15 in case of non- compliance of the order.
The forest range officers’ union had complained to the HC in December last year that they were being denied the charge of the range. After this, the court had ordered action against the officials concerned, but no action has been taken by the forest department so far.
A division bench of Chief Justice Vipin Sanghvi and Justice Alok Verma asked PCCF Singhal, who was present in the court, as to why no action has been taken so far against the erring officials, when the court has al- ready made it clear that the deputy rangers should not be assigned the range duty.
In his reply, Singhal told the court that he was given the charge of PCCF only last year and a committee has been constituted to find erring officials.
On this, the HC bench asked Singhal to tell the court the time frame when he would submit the action taken report of the committee. Singhal has sought two weeks’ time for this. The court also ordered the petitioners to file a counter affidavit in the matter within three weeks and listed it for further hearing on June 15.