Imphal: Manipur Forest, Environment and Climate Change Minister Awangbow Newmai on Monday hailed retired officials who served the department since its inception in 1931.
Addressing the 90th Foundation Day celebrations at the Forest Headquarters, Sanjenthong, the minister said the department is seen in poor light by many people, while adding that it has a big responsibility to save the human race as it is nurturing the future of the state.
The minister assured that he will discuss the matter of giving annual meritorious award to outstanding forest department officials with the chief minister.
He said the department officers should be allowed to do their duty without any interruption, adding that many have no idea about forest rules and acts, or even the service rendered by department officers and staff to the people.
Dr Aditya Kumar Joshi, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Head of Forest Force, said the perception of foresters is changing due to the dedicated hard work of the officers and staffs of the department over the years.
Guest of Honours K Thambou Singh, retired Additional PCCF, and Th Ibobi Singh, retired Additional PCCF and former Chief Information Commissioner, shared their experience in the department.
As part of the celebration, the Forest Department felicitated four retired officers for their service and dedication to the department. A team led by Dr AK Joshi, PCCF and HoFF, along with serving officers and retired officers of the department, visited the residences of the retired veteran officers and felicitated them.
The team handed over a memento and a lengyan as a token of appreciation to Sadokpam Tomchou Singh, 87, who is the oldest surviving retired Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, at his residence in Wangkhei Lourembam Leikai, Imphal East.
The team also honoured Th Priyobor Singh, former Chief Wildlife Warden, and Kh Kalachand Singh (IFS), retired Deputy Conservator of Forest at Bamon Leikai, Imphal East. H Nengsong, retired IFS, age 93 years old, was also honoured in Churachandpur.
The function was also attended by officers and staff of the Forest Department, including officers from the districts. As part of the celebration, a seminar programme will be organised by the department on Tuesday at the head office.
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