Bengaluru: State Government has relocated nine senior Indian Forest Service (IFS) Officers of the ranks, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) and Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF) from Bengaluru to places such as Shivamogga, Dharawad, Hubballi, Chitradurga, Hassan and Ballari.
However, the move came after a year Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had instructed the senior officials of the Forest Department to move out of their offices and stay in forests for at least 15 days a month.
In an order dated December 31, 2022, PCCF and Managing Director, Karnataka Forest Development Corporation, has been shifted to Madikeri. PCCF and Managing Director, Karnataka State Forest Industries Corporation (KSFIC), has been shifted to Hubballi. APCCF, Forest Evaluation and APCCF, National Forestry Action Programme and Bamboo Mission, have been shifted to Mysuru and Dharwad. Similarly, APCCF, Project Elephant, has been relocated to Hassan District. APCCF, Social Forestry and Projects, has also been relocated to Dharawad, while APCCF, Land Records, has been shifted to Shivamogga. Finally, the APCCF, Legal Cell and APCCF Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA), have been shifted to Chitradurga and Ballari, respectively.