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Forest Minister takes exception to foreign trip of top officers

IANS  |  Dehradun 

With forest fires raging in Uttarakhand, on Wednesday took strong exception to the foreign tour of three top officials who went to England other European countries.

In a letter to the Department of Personnel, Rawat has stated that "no due permission" was taken from him for the foreign tour of the three officials and that "no such permission" should be granted to any without his prior approval.

Rawat's letter came after the launched a scathing attack on the state government, saying it was sending its top officials to foreign countries at a time when forest fires were spreading fast in the jungles.

The three top officials who went on foreign tours are Principal Conservator and of Jay Raj, Chief Pandey and Conservator (Western Circle Kumaon) All the three spent nearly a half a month in the foreign countries.

In the letter, Rawat also stated that the three officials took permission from without his knowledge. "They went at a time when forest fires were raging. This is not acceptable," the said.

Meanwhile, the total number of forest fire incidents have gone up to 818 with the inferno affecting 1,044 hectare of forest land in the state till Tuesday night.

Forest fire incidents have been reported from all the 13 districts of the state. district is the worst affected as 300 hectare of forest land have been affected there.

Forest fires are common feature during summers in Uttarkhand where more than 70 per cent of the area comes under forests.



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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 17:38 IST