Forest officers allege political fund-raising

Srinagar, Oct 9: Terming the proposed transfers in forest and its allied department as “politically motivated,” all forest officers of the state have urged the governor N N Vohra to thwart any suc...

Srinagar, Oct 9: Terming the proposed transfers in forest and its allied department as "politically motivated," all forest officers of the state have urged the governor N N Vohra to thwart any such move.
In a letter to the governor, the officers alleged that major transfers in the departments were expected on October 10 or 11. "The transfers are politically motivated to serve the interest of a particular political party," the officers said.
  They said the political party has been allegedly collecting funds for past two months for its political activities and the officers who have not contributed to the fund are being intimidated and warned of disastrous consequences.
  The officers said the major reshuffle in the department would cause set back to the developmental and plantation work of the department.
  "It takes three to four months for a conservator or DFO to get acquainted with his field, but if transfers were done, it will hamper all plans," officers said.
  They added the local and non-local forest officers of the state were engaged in a legal battle, which was about to be resolved, but if the transfers were carried at this time, it could affect the State's officers.
  "Supreme Court has given directions about resolving the dispute between local and non local forest officers, if the department is reshuffled at this time it will cost the local officers heavily," they said.
  Demanding a probe into "fund raising issue," they said the party activists have been collecting funds from the officers for past two months.
  They said, "The party activists have been raising funds under the nose of the advisor and the part of the money collected is being used to carry the litigation expenses of a senior government functionary."
  The employees demanded the immediate intervention of the governor in the issue.
  They said, "The governor should immediately take up the matter and drop the proposal for transfers."

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