Other Wings

CCF (WP & R)

Shri.  Pramod G Krishnan

Chief Conservator of Forests (WP & R) 
Forest Headquarters, Vazhuthacaud,Thiruvananthapuram - 695014

Phone: 04712529220

Mob:9447979003 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vigilance Wing

A Vigilance Wing was formed in Kerala Forest Department vide G.O (MS) No. 289/71/Agri dated: 23-12-71, with the broad intent of enquiring into illegal removal of forest produce, monitoring and evaluation of departmental works and projects, evaluation of regeneration areas, corrupt practices by the forest officials etc. A subsequent Government order G.O (MS) No. 4/75/AD dated: 21-01-75 specified the framework and working of the Vigilance Wing. As per this Government Order, the object of Vigilance Wing is to combat corruption and misconduct in the Forest Department effectively, and to detect and prevent forest offences. Forest Vigilance Wing takes up cases under the following categories for enquiry.

1.       Nepotism of staff

2.       Causing wrongful loss to Government property or revenue or claim or dues.

3.       Making false claim against Government such as false T.A, House Rent etc

4.       Any dishonest or intentionally improper conduct on the part of a departmental officer or         abuse of his power.

5.       Causing avoidable delay in the disposal of Government business.

6.       Misappropriation or misuse of any Government property.

7.       Gross negligence or dereliction of duty.

8.       Any illegal or improper conduct.

9.       Abetment of the above offences.

10.   Illicit transport of forest produces.

11.   Allegations against department works.

12.   Petitions from public.

Machinery for vigilance and evaluation works.

The Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests is the head of Vigilance Wing at Forest Headquarters. Two Regional offices under two Conservators of Forests function at Kottayam and Kozhikode respectively. Eight (8) Flying Squad Divisions headed by the Divisional Forest Officers and Eighteen Flying Squad Units(18) under Range Forest officers function under the Conservators. At the Forest Headquarters, Four Assistant Conservators of Forests are posted to assist the Chief Conservator of Forests (Vigilance) in the functioning of the office. The list of field units under Vigilance Wing is as follows

List of Offices in Vigilance Wing

Vigilance HQ Thiruvananthapuram

Regions (CF I&E)

Divisions (DFO FS)

Units (RO FS)

Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Vigilance), Thiruvananthapuram.
Ph. No. 0471 2321583
Mob.No. 9447979005

Kozhikkode.
Ph.No.0495 2416800 
Mob.No. 9447979120

Kannur
Ph.No.0497 2766345 
Mob.No. 9447979122

Kasargode

Kannur

Kozhikkode
Ph. No. 0495 2416600 
Mob.No. 9447979123

Kozhikkode

Kalpetta

Nilambur

Palakkad
Ph. No.0491 2555396
Mob.No. 9447979124

Nelliyampathy

Palakkad

Ernakulam
Ph. No.0484 2344348
Mob.No. 9447979121

Thrissur

Perumbavoor

Kottayam.
Ph.No. 0481 2312402 
Mob.No. 9447979110

Kothamangalam
Ph.No. 0485 2822566 
Mob.No. 9447979112

Kothamangalam

Thodupuzha

Munnar

Idukki 
Ph. No.0486 2233102 
Mob.No. 9447979111

Idukki

Mundakkayam

Punalur 
Ph.No. 0475 2222638 
Mob.No. 9447979113

Punalur

Ranni

Thiruvananthapuram
Ph. No. 0471 2368686 
Mob.No. 8547603971

Chullimanoor

Control Room

Forest Intelligence Cell

Ph. No. 0471 2529334 
Mob.No. 9447979115

Thiruvananthapuram

 

The total strength of staff working in Vigilance Wing is 267 which include 28 Section Forest Officers 108 Beat Forest Officers and 24 drivers. A statement showing the number of staff under different categories working in different field offices is as follows

Organizational Set Up of Vigilance Wing

Sl. No

Name
of
Post

APCCF Vigilance

CF(I&E) KTM

CF(I&E) Calicut

Flying Squad, Punalur

Flying 
Squad, Kotham
angalam

Flying Squad, Ernakulam

Flying Squad, Palakkad

Flying Squad Calicut

Flying Squad Idukki

Flying
Squad TVPM

Flying Squad KNR

Total

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

1

APCCF

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

CF

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

3

ACF

4

0

0

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

12

4

AA

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

Range Forest Officer

1

0

0

3

4

3

3

3

2

2

2

23

6

SS/JS/HA

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

7

UDC/LDC

9

4

4

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

33

8

CA

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

9

Typist

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

10

10

Section Forest Officer

1

0

0

4

5

4

2

4

3

3

2

28

11

Beat Forest Officer

1

0

0

12

22

12

9

15

16

12

9

108

12

Driver

1

1

1

3

4

3

2

4

2

2

1

24

13

Office Attendant

4

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

16

 

TOTAL

29

11

11

27

40

27

21

31

28

24

18

266

 

Major Activities

·                     The Territorial and Wildlife Wings of the Kerala Forest Department do the generaladministration, protection and management of forests.

·                     Vigilance Wing functions as a watch dog and also extends necessary help to the Territorial and Wildlife staff whenever necessary.

·                     Vigilance Wing conducts enquiry into the allegations raised against staff, petitions  regarding illicit felling, poaching, ganja cultivation, arrack     distillation, encroachment etc.

·                     Evaluation of regeneration areas, surprise checking of check posts, night patrolling to prevent illegal transportation of forest produces etc is also done by the Vigilance Wing.

 

 

Number of Complaints received for enquiry through Toll Free Number

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

94

154 

183 

240 

254 

469

491

 

Petitions/complaints received and enqiured  by the wing

Year

No. of petitions/complaints

received

No. of petitions/complaints

enquired

2005-2006

589 

668* 

2006-2007 

729 

601 

2007-2008 

704 

653 

2008-2009 

828 

875* 

2009-2010 

713 

1138 *

 2010-2011

 911

 894

2011-2012

1111

1042

* Includes petitions received during the previous years pending for enquiry. 

Activities of Forest Vigilance wing

 

 

 

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Total

1

Seizure of Tiger Skin

7

4

-

3

1

-

15

2

Seizure of Leopard Skin

-

4

7

7

3

-

21

3

Seizure of Ivory and Ivory products 

2

3

4

4

2

5

20

4

Detection of other wildlife offences

4

10

6

21

11

4

56

5

Detection of Sandal Wood offences

6

4

6

9

6

3

34

6

Seizure of Teak, Rosewood etc.

15

18

21

28

32

36

150

7

Seizure of venom

-

3

4

2

-

-

9

8

Ganja raids

5

4

9

3

7

1

29

 Forest Intelligence Cell

Forest Intelligence Cell was established during 2001 under the control of Chief Conservator of Forests (Vigilance). One Range Officer and 6 supporting field staff (one Section Forest Officer + 5 Beat Forest Officers) are working at various places in the state. Assistant Conservator of Forests (Evaluation), besides his regular duties in the office of Addl. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Vigilance), is supervising the Intelligence work of the Cell. The secret information collected by the Forest Intelligence Cell has resulted in detection of serious offences and arrest of the accused especially in Wildlife crimes. Field officers have recognized the utility of information collated by the Intelligence Cell through secret sources.

A toll free telephone (No. 1800 425 4733) is installed in Forest Headquarters Thiruvananthapuram to receive complaints and information from the public. This facility is open for 24 hours. The information/complaints received in toll free telephone is recorded in the printed format and passed on to the concerned field officers for necessary further action .The Toll Free telephone facility started operating from 2006 onwards.

Address

Shri.V.V Shajimon IFS

Additional Principal Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Vigilance)
Forest Headquarters,Vazhuthacaud,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695014.

0471 2321583 , 2529120,mob:9447979005

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Eco Development & Tribal Welfare

Duties and Functions of Tribal Rehabilitation Commissioner

  1. All matters related to integrated development and rehabilitation schemes in respect of the tribals to be settled in forest lands.
  2. Administration and management of all funds/assistance provided for rehabilitation and development of tribals living in the forest areas.
  3. Administrative and establishment matters of the staff working in the wing.
  4. Taking timely action as required in correspondences and submitting of compliance reports, those are necessary with respect to the implementation of the scheme as required under various Acts & Rules.
  5. Any other functions assigned to him by the Govt. / PCCF / APCCF
  6. He will discharge the functions contemplated under the RTI Act.
  7. Coordinating implementation of the ST&TFD (RFR) Act with other departments and offices.

 Address  Phone

 Shri. Pramod G Krishnan  IFS (Full Addl. Charge)

Chief Conservator of Forests (ED&TW)
Forest Headquarters, Vazhuthacaud
Thiruvananthapuram-695014, Kerala

 0471-  2365989

Mob:9447979003

 

Special Afforestation Wing

Functions of Special Afforestation Wing

A.       DIVERSION OF FOREST LAND UNDER FOREST CONSERVATION ACT, 1980

 The main function of the Special Afforestation wing is to deal with the applications for diversion of forest land for non-forest purposes under the provisions of the Forest (Conservation) Act 1980.

There are two sections to deal with the processing of the applications for diversion of forest land submitted by the User Agencies through the Divisional Forest Officer/Wildlife Warden and Conservator of Forests / Chief Conservator of Forests.

The proposals received from intending User Agencies for diversion of forest land for non forestry purposes are processed and examined in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Government of India from time to time under F©Act, 1980 and submit to the Ministry of Environment & Forests through State Government for according approval.

 FC1 Section deals with the applications pertaining to the Divisions in Northern Circle, Eastern Circle and Southern Circle and FC2 Section deals with the application pertaining to the Divisions in High Range Circle and Central Circle. The files processed by the section are submitted to the Chief Conservator of Forests (Special Afforestation) & Nodal Officer through the Senior Superintendent and the Deputy Conservator of Forests entrusted for the work. There is lot of correspondence to various offices from this office including the Government of India, Government of Kerala and Subordinate offices. Even after the clearance of the Government of India is obtained this office is monitoring the compliance of the conditions stipulated by Government for transfer of forest land for the non-forest purpose under Forest Conservation of Act, 1980.

B.        CAMPA

The Diversion of Forest land for non forestry purposes under the Forest (Conservation) Act 1980 requires payment for raising Compensatory Afforestation, payment of Net Present Value of the forest land to be diverted, Cost of the Penal CA, cost of Catchment Area Treatment Plan etc. The amount required for Compensatory Afforestation, Net Present Value, Catchment Area Treatment Plan, Penal CA, etc are paid by the User Agency to the account of the Adhoc-CAMPA. CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority) is a body constituted by the Government of India, as per the direction of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India. In order to utilize the amount accrued in the Adhoc-CAMPA account fund for raising   Compensatory Afforestation as well as other activities such as Conservation, Protection and Management of existing natural forest, Protection and management of forest plantations, Conservation, Protection and Management of Wildlife and its Habitat within and outside protected areas including the consolidation of the protected areas, providing research, training and capacity building the State CAMPA has been constituted in the State. Government of India will release 10% of the total amount available against the State account deposited in the Adhoc-CAMPA will be released to the State CAMPA account. State CAMPA account has been opened in the name of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests as per the orders of the Government.   Principal Chief Conservator of Forests is the Chairman for the Executive Committee of the State CAMPA. The Chief Conservator of Forests (Special Afforestation) & Nodal Officer is the Member Secretary of the Steering Committee and Executive Committee of the State CAMPA. So the office of the Chief Conservator of Forests (Special Afforestation) & Nodal Officer is monitoring the realization of the fund in the accounts of CAMPA and also the utilization of the funds allotted to State CAMPA from Adhoc-CAMPA. Preparation of rules and procedure under State CAMPA and accounting procedure etc are the main functions of this office under CAMPA.  Nodal officer is responsible for preparation of the schemes,  Annual Plan Operations for CAMPA  every year, getting it approved by the Executive Committee, Steering Committee and as well as the Government of India and implementation of the approved APO. Allotment of funds under State CAMPA to the implementing officers (DFOs) and monitoring of the physical as well as financial progress is also the duty of this office. FC1 Section is attending to the works of CAMPA.

 C.        No Objection Certificate to wood based industries

Another matter dealt with in this office is the issuance of No Objection Certificate to wood based industries in the State. As per the order dated 30.10.2002 of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India in WP(C) No. 202/1995 the State Government should not allow starting of any wood based industrial units in the State without the concurrence of the CEC constituted by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India. The Central Empowered Committee (CEC) has issued guide lines in accordance with the Supreme Court direction and constituted a State Level Committee (SLC) to monitor and regulate the working of wood based industrial units in the State. The Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests is the Chairman of the SLC and the Chief Conservator of Forests (Special Afforestation) & Nodal Officer is the Convener for the State Level Committee. Hence the job of issuing No Objection Certificate to wood based industries is now one of the main jobs done by the office of the Chief Conservator of Forests (Special Afforestation) & Nodal Officer.  Also make necessary arrangements for conducting   field verification for the applications received for No Objection Certificates for wood based industries, issue notices for realizing one time payments from the applicants  and dispose of as per the rules subject to the approval of the State Level Committee and concurrence of Central Empowered Committee.  

There are seven Sections dealing with the subject. Each section is dealing with the application pertaining to 2 districts. There were about 12000 applications out of which nearly 5000 has been disposed off as per the guidelines issued by CEC. Saw mill rules have been prepared and submitted to Government. “Kerala Forest (Regulation of sawmills and other wood based industrial units) Rules 2012” have come into force with effect from 19.04.2012, the balance application are being transferred to the Divisional Forest Officers concerned who are the authorized officers under the said Rules for the issuance  of licenses.

Diversion of 0.018 ha of forest land under Section 2 of Forest (Conservation) Act 1980 for laying LTOH power line for the purpose of electrification of Sivapuram Harijan Colony in Anchal Range

 

 Conservator of Forests

(Special Afforestation) & Nodal Officer


 

 Address  Phone

Shri. R.S Arun, IFS
Special Afforestation & Nodal Officer

Forest Headquaters, Vazhuthacaud,
Thiruvananthapuram- 695014

0471-2529240, 2328347

mob: 9447979022

 

FOREST MANAGEMENT

Duties and Functions of  Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Forest Managemant)

  1. Authority in discharging all functions envisaged in the Forest Conservation Act and    Environment Protection Act, except that of the Wildlife Act.
  2. To deal with all matters relating to forest protection in Kerala, in coordination with the Regional CCFs on protection matters.
  3. Authority to process and issue statutory notifications in Reserving, De-reserving, Forest areas excepting the areas under EFL.
  4. To deal with matters relating to encroachments in forests in coordination with Regional CCFs.
  5. Authority to deal with all Court cases relating to Forest areas, notifications, encroachments, regularization of encroachment and under Forest Conservation Act and Environmental Protection and defend the cases on behalf of the Govt. through Advocate General and submission of Counter in Court cases through the Govt.
  6. Authority to deal with Forest Conservation in conjunction with the Forest Policy of the Government of India as well as Government of Kerala.
  7. Authority to deal with matters relating to vested forests as per the provisions of the Kerala Private Forests (Vesting & Assignment) Act 1971 and all cases relating to vested forests.
  8. Authority to allot raw materials to industries.
  9. Authority to recommend to Govt. to fix and revise the price of forest produce and as per the provisions of the Kerala Forest Produce (Fixing of selling price) Act 1978.
  10. Authority for performing all functions under Kerala Preservation of Trees Act of 1986.
  11. Authority to recommend to Govt. to grant lease settle terms and conditions of lease and deal with all matters relating fixation of lease rent, revision of lease rent, realization of lease rent as per the provisions of the Kerala Grants and Lease Act of 1980 and all matters relating to Court cases on leases
  12. Authority to exercise control over the Timber Sales Depots and auction of timber. The APCCF (P) is the authority to deal with matters relating to timber auctions, issue of notifications and all other allied acts.
  13. Nodal Officer for dealing all matters relating to Legislature Committee, Committee on Assurance, Environment Committee and Petition Committee.
  14. To exercise control over the Law Wing of the KFD.
  15. To undertake all preventive measures in respect of Conservation of Forests through   the Regional CCFs and exercise overall control over the Forests of Kerala.
  16. To take necessary and timely action based on the reports on the Regional CCFs and other crime stoppers/ whistle blowers and Vigilance wing with respect to encroachments, cutting and removal of trees and deal with all illegal crimes committed in Forests.
  17. Authority for sandal wood protection.
  18. To carry out all functions as contemplated in the Kerala Forest Act, Forest Policy of India, Kerala Forest Policy with the concurrence of the PCCF wherever necessary as required under rules.
  19. To  do all acts assigned to him by the Govt. / PCCF / APCCF.
  20. To  carry out all functions under the RTI Act under his wing.
  21. Taking timely action as required in correspondences and submitting of compliance reports will be done by the APCCF (P).
 
 Address  Phone

Shri. Noyal Thomas, IFS
 Principal Chief Conservator of Forests

(FOREST MANAGEMENT),
Forest Headquarters,Vazhuthacaud,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695014

0471- 2529130, 2327804

Mob :9447979009

 

Infrastructure and Human Resource Development [IHRD] Wing

The office of the Chief Conservator of Forests (IHRD) was established as an independent office vide GO (Rt) No. 411/2004/F&WLD dated 4.10.2004 after upgrading the post of Conservator of Forests (IHRD) to that of the Chief Conservator of Forests (IHRD). Now, the post of CCF (IHRD) has been upgraded as Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (IHRD) vide GO (Rt) No.5671/11/GAD dated 23.07.2011.

The Kerala Forest School Walayar, Kerala Forest School Arippa, Forest Training Centre Arippa, Fire Training Centre Arippa and Forest Training Centre, PTP Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram are functioning under the administrative control of the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (IHRD).

Details of the Institutions

1. Kerala Forest School Walayar

Kerala Forest School, Walayar was established vide GO (MS) 1220/61/Agri dated 5.12.1961 for the purpose of imparting training to the Foresters and Forest Guards of the KFD. The School is situated adjacent to Walayar Dam in Palakkad District on the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu about 25 kms from the District Headquarters and about one km from the Palakkad –Coimbatore NH 47.

The first batch of foresters and forest guards commenced their training on 01.01.1962. The School started functioning on land and buildings transferred from the Public Works Department and which were part of Walayar Dam Colony. An extent of 18.2601 ha of land transferred by the PWD on payment of the land value and 1.3193 ha of land already available with the KFD constituted the original Forest School Campus. Semi-permanent buildings, which existed on these lands, were also taken by the KFD to be used as quarters, office buildings, class rooms and hostel, etc.

2. Kerala Forest School, Arippa

Kerala Forest School, Arippa was established vide GO(MS) 167/81/Forest dated 27.5.1981 for imparting training to foresters and forest guards making use of the existing facilities available in the training school previously belonging to the Kerala Forest Development Corporation.

3. Fire Training Centre, Arippa

The Fire Dept cum training centre was started on 22.01.1979, as per GO. No. 268/78/AD dated 5.10.1978 at Kulamavu with the objective of imparting training to the staff of Kerala Forest Department on modern fire fighting techniques. This Centre was later shifted to the Social Forestry Training Complex at Arippa as per GO (Rt) 4194/88/GAD dated 23.05.1988 and continues to function from there. This Centre has so far trained 178 batches of trainees.

4. Forest Training Institute, Arippa

The Forest Training Institute was established on 20.04.1990 as per GO (MS) 111/89/F&WLD dated 21.11.1989 at the Social Forestry Training Complex, Arippa. This Centre has conducted 72 batches of refresher training courses.

5. Forest Training Centre, PTP Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram

The FTC, PTP Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram was established under the World Bank assisted Kerala Forestry Project during 2001-02. The Centre is organizing refreshers courses for various levels and categories of personnel of the KFD.

Major Activities of the IHRD Wing

Induction Trainings:

Imparting induction training to both foresters and forest guards on forestry related subjects such as forest botany, forest mensuration, forest act and rules, forest survey, forest engineering, wildlife management, etc., through class room teaching besides practical training in the school campus and also conduct of study tours within and outside the state. During the study tours, providing inputs on the practical aspects of forestry is given top most priority like dealing with forest offences, silvicultural operations, timber operations including sale and regeneration techniques. Physical fitness, exercises and games are part of the curriculum.

In-service Trainings:

Short term in-service training courses are organized at the Forestry Training Centre, Arippa and Forestry Training Centre, PTP Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram for the following categories of officers:

1. Assistant Conservator of Forests

2. Forest Range Officers

3. Deputy Forest Range Officers/Depot Officers

4.Section Forest Officers

5. Beat Forest Officers

6. Senior/Junior Superintendent/Head Accountant

7. Personal Assistants/Confidential Assistants

8. UD Clerk/LD Clerk

9. Drivers

10.Last Grade Employees


Refresher courses for frontline staff:

Refresher courses sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India through the Directorate of Forest Education, Dehradun are organized for frontline staff (Deputy Forest Range Officers/Section Forest Officers and Beat Forest Officers) at KFS, Walayar and KFS, Arippa

Deputation of IFS Officers/State Service Officers for trainings/workshops

Officers are deputed for trainings/workshops etc sponsored by the MoEF and other Ministries of the GOI and the State Government to the premier institutions in the country.

STP Trainings:

The wing coordinates various trainings as per the State Training Policy, being organized by Institute of Management in Government at its Centres at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode.

Implementation of an externally aided JICA project –"Capacity Development for Forest Management and Training of Personnel"

The KFD is implementing the JICA funded Project (ID-P-199) titled –"Capacity Development for Forest Management and Training of Personnel" being steered by the MoEF, GOI for up-gradation of infrastructure of the Forest Schools and improving the syllabus and course curriculum for the induction training of the frontline staff (forest guards and foresters) of the Forest Departments in eleven states including Kerala. Detailed Project Reports for infrastructure up-gradation of KFS Arippa and Walayar were approved for Rs. 4.87 and 4.58 crores respectively by the Government of India and 80% of the approved amount released through state Forest Development Agency. The infrastructure up-gradation mainly includes renovation of existing buildings and construction of new buildings (also amenities like gym, recreation room, guest house for faculty), providing furniture and equipment, etc.   Implementation of infrastructure up-gradation works through M/S COSTFORD has started during May 2012 and shall be completed within 18 months. As provided in the project, a consultancy team for preparation of training manuals, training materials, and overall training improvement plan for frontline staff has been engaged from 01-06-2012. Consultancy team is expected to complete their task within 30 months and approved remuneration is Rs 35.94 lakhs.

The KFD has decided to fix the intake capacity of the two Schools for imparting induction training to 160 i.e. two courses for a batch of 40 each of six months duration.

Other activities

Besides this IHRD wing is responsible for coordinating conduct of state forest sports meet and participation in the national Forest Sports meet sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, GOI.

CONTACT ADDRESSES

Training Schools/Centres


Principal,,
Kerala Forest School, Walayar,
Walayar Dam P.O,
Palakkad District, PIN:
Kerala
PH No: 0491-2862260
Mobile: 9447979172
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Principal,
Kerala Forest School, Arippa,,
Chozhiyacode PO,
(via) Kulathupuzha,
Thiruvananthapuram District, PIN 691317
Kerala
PH No: 0475-2312080/2312081
Fax: 0475-2312080
 Mobile: 9447979171
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Deputy Conservator of Forests (IHRD),
Forestry Training Complex,
Rajiv Gandhi Nagar,
Vattiyoorkavu PO,
Thiruvananthapuram-695013
Kerala
Fax/Phone 0471-2362291
Mobile: 9847021367
 
 
 
Assistant Conservator of Forests[FTI]
Forestry Training Institute, Arippa,
Chozhiyacode P.O.
(via) Kulathupuzha,
Thiruvananthapuram Dist.,
PIN 691317,
Ph. No. 0475 - 2312080, 2312081.
Fax No. 0475 - 2312080
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Addl. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (IHRD)
Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Vattiyoorkavu PO,
Thiruvananthapuram-695013, Kerala
Fax/Phone 0471-2362291 
 Mobile: 9447003500
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Finance,Budget & Audit

Introduction

Development wing for administrative convenience is bifurcated into two major sections, the Planning and Account sections.

Planning Section

The main functions of planning section include preparation of Five Year Plan proposals as well as Annual Plan of Operations for the entire Kerala Forest Department (KFD) and submit the same to the Govt. of Kerala, State Planning Board and to the GOI. Preparation of the Demand of Grants (Budget) for the Plan and Non Plan schemes, Centrally Sponsored Schemes, State Sponsored Schemes and Externally Aided Projects of the Department and allocation of funds for implementation of schemes to various Divisions, Circles and other Wings of the KFD as per the Budget passed are also the duties of the development wing. This wing is representing the KFD in meetings and conference with regard to the plan discussion in the State Planning Board/ Budget discussions and discussions with the Government of India. Submission of monthly progress report of both Plan and Non Plan schemes to the Government, conducting the midterm review of the Five Year Plan and Annual Plan proposals for all wings of the KFD are also the functions of the Development Wing. Submission of the revised budget proposal, if any required based on the trend and pace of expenditure, taking up works which require Administrative Sanction with Government, procurement and distribution of vehicles, telephones/ computers and other assets for the Department, allotting of quarters and do necessary repairs and maintenance of the same and to liaise between the Government and other wings of the Department, Government of India and external funding agencies regarding budget and financial provisions and aid are also the duties of the development wing.

Accounts Section

Accounts section is the State Level Authority in respect of KFD relating to submission of monthly accounts to the Accountant General and C&AG.  It is the responsibility of Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Development) to ensure that the sub offices render monthly accounts in time and if not call for explanations for defaults and delays and the authority to design, develop and maintain internal audit mechanisms/ internal control mechanisms with respect to finance, budget, LoC and expenditure. This wing has to answer audit queries and ensures that audit queries are replied in time by the various wings and offices of the KFD, compile and submit reports relating to Public Accounts Committees, Audit paras of the CAG and submit report to various authorities. It is the duty of the Accounts Section to compile reports for Subject Committees and submit the same for the Subject Committee, exercising control and administration of Kerala Forest Development Tax Fund, move the State Govt. for issuance of Letter of Credit for various Divisions and sub-offices and to communicate the receipt of the LC to various sub offices and submission of proposals for the re-appropriation of allocation,  Supplementary Demand for Grants if any required to the Government and monitor the collection of revenue and report the same to the Government and initiate necessary action for realizing the target in case there is a short-fall. The pace of expenditure will also be monitored by the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Development) and will take suitable necessary action for achieving the financial and physical targets as approved by the Government.

New Projects and Schemes

New Projects and Schemes

As explained above, development wing (Planning Section) is responsible for formulating new projects and schemes and present it to State Government, Central Government or other agencies for financial assistance. The following are the new such schemes being implemented by the Department now.

1. Intensification of Forest Management 2011-12

Intensification of Forest Management (IFM) is a 75% Centrally Sponsored Scheme (Central share 75% and State Share 25%). Grants are received from Government of India on the basis of the annual work programme and funds distributed among the sub offices. During 2011-12 the total Central Share was Rs.249.31 lakhs and the corresponding State Share was Rs. 83.10 lakhs. Thus the total amount available works out to Rs. 332.41 lakhs. Out of this amount Rs. 240.79 lakhs was spent during 2011-12. Item-wise break up of the works are as follows.

  • Fire Protection
  • Training and awareness/ to JFMCs
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Construction of buildings
  • Construction of Boundary Pillars and Kayyala

 2. XIII Finance Commission

The grants in aid under the XIII Finance Commission award for the year 2011-12 was Rs.236145 lakhs and achievement is Rs.190452 lakhs. Unspent balance got revalidated for the year 2012-13. Major developmental activities undertaken under this scheme include

  • Preparation of Working Plan
  • Maintenance of Forest Boundaries
  • Protection of sandal
  • Improving communication facilities
  • Eradication of ganja
  • Mitigation of man-animal conflict
  • Modernisation of offices
  • Construction of check-dams
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Fire protection
  • Infrastructure development
  • Planting & distribution of seedlings

3. NABARD-RIDF Work

(i) NABARD-RIDF XII (2006)

Administrative sanction for 11 roads were issued vide GO (Rt) No.1097/06/F&WLD dated 28..11..2006. Out of which 9 were taken up by the department and 2 are non-starter projects. Total expenditure incurred is Rs.777.11 lakhs.

(ii) NABARD-RIDF XV (2009)

Administrative sanction for 7 works were issued vide GO (Rt) No.291/09/F&WLD dated 23..06..2009. The list of works are given below.

1

Establishment of Suvarnodyanam at Nedumpassery

Rs.150.00 lakhs

2

Establishment of Kerala Wildlife Tourism Information Centre at Pollachi

Rs.200.00 lakhs

3

Metalling of Mukkali-Anavai road

Rs.60.00 lakhs

4

Construction of Hostel Block at Forest School, Arippa

Rs.55.00 lakhs

5

Construction of a fence and road at Abhayaranyam, Kapprikkad, Malayattoor

Rs.30.00 lakhs

6

Construction of a bridge across the stream between Mahagony plot in Kalady Range and Vembooram Island

Rs.30.00 lakhs

7

Construction of an earthen bund at the Elephant Rehabilitation Centre, Kottoor

Rs.75.00 lakhs

Out of which 5 were taken up by the department and 2 are non-starter projects. Total expenditure incurred on 5 projects are Rs.264.91 lakhs

(iii) NABARD-RIDF XVI (2010)

Administrative sanction for construction of boundary wall in 7 divisions were issued vide GO (Rt) No.529/10/F&WLD dated 09..12..2010. Two works are fully completed and other works are  in progress in other places. The total expenditure already incurred is Rs.1188.94 lakhs. Major objectives of this scheme is to protect life and property of the forest dwellers and forest fringe community from damages due to wildlife attack.

(iv) NABARD-RIDF XVII (2011)

Eight detailed projects for construction of model forest stations each costing approximately Rs.125 lakhs has been submitted to NABARD. Government vide GO (Rt) No.538/2011/F&WLD dated 19..12..2011 have sanctioned above project for Rs.1051.12 lakhs and the works are in progress. Even though, Forest Station System was adopted in KFD, in line with Police Stations, no proper station building nor facilities for the stay of staff in forest areas were provided. Hence, this project was implemented to meet these objectives in particular and overall forest protection in general. Another project for establishing solar power fence to mitigate man-animal conflict in Wayanad district for Rs.574 lakhs was also approved by the Government vide GO (Rt) No.149/2012/F&WLD dated 19..03..2012.

(iv) NABARD-RIDF XVIII (2012)

Three project proposals were submitted to NABARD during July and August 2012 to consider for financial assistance under RIDF-XVIII. The details of projects are given below.

1

Improvement of road 4 Nos

19.8 Km

Rs.327.00 lakhs

2

Developing interpretation Centre at Thekkady

 

Rs.400.00 lakhs

3

Construction of Model Forest Stations

5 Nos

Rs.446.23 lakhs

4

Mitigation of Man-animal Conflict

 

Rs.1200.00 lakhs

 

Total

 

Rs. 2373.23lakhs

                Final approval for the same is awaited from the Government.

4.             Achievements made on NMPB & WGDP

1. National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB)

This is a 100% CSS sanctioned by Govt. of India during 2008-09 by providing Grants-in-aid for in-situ and ex-situ conservation of commercial medicinal tree species by cultivation of such species in the forest area and to distribute seedlings of medicinal species to the public over the next five year (2008-2009 to 2012-13). Under this scheme KFD got two projects sanctioned and they are being implemented.

Project I: Under Planting of Medicinal Trees Species in Teak Plantation of Kerala (Project No. GO/KE-01/2008-09).

The project proposes to plant 200 Ha of Teak Plantations with medicinal tree species preferably those which can be harvested along with the final felling of teak at 60th year.  The species planted include Caesalpinia sappan, Saraca asoca, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Gmelina arborea, Coscinum fenestratum, Oroxylum indicum and  Hydnocarpus pentandra. The project commenced on 05.08.2008 and the total amount sanctioned for this scheme is Rs. 126.80 lakhs. The 1st instalment received is Rs.82.77/- lakhs. An amount of Rs.2 lakhs was spent during 2011-12. The project is continuing.

Project II : Cultivation of Important Medicinal Tree Species of Kerala (Project No.GO/KE-2/2008-2009).

The project proposes replanting of low yielding eucalyptus plantations, cashew planting areas, failed plantations in a total area of 500 ha with medicinal tree species during the project period. The species for planting are Gmelina arborea, Aegle marmelos, Saraca asoca, Phyllanthus emblica, Pterocarpus santalinus, Oroxylum indicum, Premna serratifolia and Stereospermum colais.

The project also envisages distribution of 1.6 lakhs quality-planting materials every year to the public during the project period. The National Medicinal Plants Board sanctioned a total amount of Rs. 428 lakhs. Rs.260 lakhs were received as the 1st and 2nd instalment. Out of this an amount of Rs.60.083 lakhs spent during 2011-12. The project is continuing.

2. Western Ghat Development Programme (WGDP)

Scheme is for enrichment of degraded forests of Western Ghats by planting white cedar and kampakam. Total amount available for 2011-12 was Rs.319.82 lakhs, expenditure is Rs.169.071 lakhs.

3. Additional Central Assistance (ACA)

GoI has revalidated a grant of Rs.469 lakhs for 2010-11 for Kerala Forest Department. Grant was originally released for the year 2009-10, it could not be expended as it was received only on 19..03..2010. During 2010-11 an amount of Rs.249.18 lakhs was spent. The unspent balance of Rs.219.82 lakhs under ACA has revalidated for 2011-12. Out of this an amount of Rs.200.68 lakhs was spent.

5.             New projects launched

Cultivation of High Demanding Medicinal Tree Species of Kerala (Project No.CONS/KE-02/2012)

National Medicinal Plants Board, GoI have sanctioned a project titled “Cultivation of High Demanding Medicinal Tree Species of Kerala” for Rs.786.40 lakhs and have released Rs.314.56 lakhs as 1st instalment. Work is in progress.

Contact us

Contact Us

Shri. Pramod G Krishnan  IFS
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (F,B & A),
Forest Headquarters, Vazhuthacaud,
Thiruvananthapuram-695014

Mobile: 9447979003
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Biodiversity Wing

Duties and Functions of Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Biodiversity )

Discharging the Custodial functions contemplated under the Biodiversity Act, which is more regulatory in nature and taking appropriate action as envisaged in the BD Act.

  1. Carrying out the functions necessary for the enabling functioning of the State Biodiversity Board and the follow up action and initiation of action thereon as decided and contemplated and coordination with State Biodiversity Board, KFRI, TBGRI, WII, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Bio-technology.
  2. Tol perform functions relating to conservations in areas outside PAs, Sacred Grows, Common resources, Mangroves, Wetlands.
  3. Authority to maintain peoples biodiversity register.
  4. Coordination of wildlife research activities and dissemination of findings in the Wildlife Wing.
  5. Coordinate landscape management planning programmes.
  6. Development of data bank on biodiversity.
  7. Implementation of International protocols.
  8. Implementation of externally aided projects under Bio-diversity Conservation.
  9. Any other work assigned to him by the Govt. / PCCF / APCCF and CWW.
  10. He will discharge the functions contemplated under the RTI Act in respect to his wing.
  11. Taking timely action as required in correspondences and submitting of compliance reports, those are necessary with respect to the implementation of the scheme as required under various Acts & Rules.
  12. All matters relating to the Kerala Forest (Vesting and Management of Ecologically Fragile Lands) Act 2003
  13. Chief Conservator of Forests (Bio Diversity & EFL) will perform all duties and functions stipulated for the Custodian as per the provisions of the Kerala Forest (Vesting and Management of Ecologically Fragile Lands) Act 2003

 

 Address  Phone

Smt.Padma Mahanti, IFS  (Full Additional Charge)
Addl. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Biodiversity)

Forest Headquarters, Vazhuthacaud,
Thiruvananthapuram- 695014

 

0471 - 2529320, 2736327

Mob: 9447979020

 

ADMINISTRATION WING

 

Section Name

 

Subject

D – Section

 

Gazetted establishment

 

D1 - Section

Range Officers establishment

D2 – Section

ACFs / DCFs

D3 – Section

SS/AA/Sr. AA/Sr. AO

E – Section

 

Non – gazetted establishment

 

E2 – Section

Office Assistant, Typist, CA, Drivers, PTS

 

E3 – Section

LD/UD Clerks, HA, JS

 

E4 – Section

Dy. Range Forest Officers

 

E5 – Section

LD/UD Clerks probation & Seniority

 

E6 – Section

LA, CES, other Miscellaneous

 

E7 – Section

Section Forest Officers, Beat Forest Officers

F – Section

 

Pension

 

F1 – Section

Gazetted officers

 

F2 – Section

Non – gazette officers

 

F3 – Section

Range Forest Officers

T – Section

 

Treasury

 

T1 – Section

Monthly Accounts and allotment

 

T2- Section

Gazetted officers salary bill

H – Section

 

Bill

 

H1 – Section

Non – gazetted salary

 

H2 – section

Medical Reimbursement, TA

 

H3- Section

LA, Miscellaneous bill

 

H4 – Section

HBA, GPF

Tapal – Section

 

Tapal

Fair Copy - Section

 

Fair copy 

Record & Stationery

 

Record and stationery

Estate Office

 

Vehicle & furniture and other equipments maintenance etc.


Contact Details:

Shri. Rajesh Ravindran IFS

Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Administration), 

Forest Headquarters, Thiruvananthapuram – 14.

0471 – 2338491

0471 – 2529110 (D)

Fax : 0471 – 2338491

Mob: 9447979014

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Senior Administrative Officer

0471- 2321798

0471 – 2529114

Mobile : 

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Senior Administrative Assistant

0471 – 2529115

 

Estate Officer

0471 – 2529222

0471 – 2529164

Mobile : 9447979024

D – Section

0471 – 2529117

E – Section

0471 – 2529118

F – Section

0471 – 2529218

T – Section

0471 – 2529119

H – Section

0471 – 2529308

Tapal Section

0471 – 2529309

Fair Copy Section

0471 – 2529219

Stationery Section

0471 – 2529372

Record Section

0471 – 2529369

 

FUNCTIONS OF APCCF(ADMINISTRATION)

The Administration wing functions under the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Administration). He is assisted by the Deputy Conservator of Forests (Administration), Senior Administrative Officer, Senior Finance Officer, Senior Administrative Assistant and Law Wing under a Joint Secretary to Government.

The work under the Administration wing is distributed among B, D, E, F, H, T, Tapa!, Stationery, Record, Faircopy sections and Estate Office.

B Section consists of 9 clerks. 3 seats are supervised Junior Superintendent; 4 seats are supervised by Senior Superintendent and 2 seats are supervised by Junior Superintendent 'D' section. They deal with disciplinary cases. B section files are submitted to Chief Conservator of Forests(Administration) through Deputy Conservator of Forests (Administration). The disciplinary cases pertaining to ministerial staff are routed through Senior Administrative Assistant and Senior Administrative Officer.

D section consists of 3 clerks under a Junior superintendent. This section handles establishment papers of Range Officers, ACF, Deputy Director (WL) Education, gazzetted ministerial officers and preparation of select list.

E section consists of 6 clerks. They function under a Junior Superintendent and handle establishment papers relating to Deputy Rangers, Forest Guards, Junior Superintendents, Head Accountants, Clerks, Typists, Confidential Assistants, Drivers, Peons and Part Time Contingent service etc. These files are routed through Senior Administrative Assistant and Senior Administrative Officer .

In F section pension cases of the employees are dealt with. There are 3 clerks in the F section. Files in the F section are routed through the Junior Superintendent and the Senior Finance Officer to the Chief Conservator of Forests (Administration).

H section is under the control of Head Accountant. They deal the establishment bills, T. A. Claims, medical claims, reimbursement bills, loans and advances of the employees etc.

'T' Section consists of 2 clerks under a Junior Superintendent. Preparation of monthly accounts and all treasury functions are dealt with in the section.

The law wing headed by Joint Secretary (Law Department) assisted by a Section Officer and two Legal Assistants. They offer remarks on important issues on which the administrative section seeks advice.

 

Social Forestry

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Social Forestry

Duties and Functions of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Social Forestry.
  • Overall control over all Social Forestry wings, Planning, IHRD
  • Facilitate in carrying out Afforestation and increasing tree cover activities in non-forest areas.
  • Nodal Officer for all schemes implemented with people participation in non-forest areas than those are implemented under the guidance of CCF (E&TW), CCF (WL) in PAs.
  • Implementation of all Plan and Non-Plan Schemes (approved by the Govt.) in non-forest areas.
  • Monitoring and reviewing the progress of implementation of schemes in non-forest areas.
  • Submitting performance reports to the Govt. and PCCF and other agencies.
  • Taking timely action as required in correspondences and submission of compliance reports, those are necessary with respect to the implementation of the scheme as required under various Acts & Rules.
  • Matters relating to forestry extension, education and awareness programme, and field publicity.
  • Administration, control and management of District Forestry Extension and Information Centres.
  • Coordination with the Local-Self Governments on forestry and biodiversity matters.
  • Implementation of compensatory afforestation of Social Forestry wing.
  • Any other functions assigned to him by the Govt. / PCCF.
  • The PCCF (SF) will discharge the functions contemplated under the RTI Act with respect to his wing.

 

Address  Phone

Shri. E.Pradeep Kumar IFS 

Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests 
Forest Headquarters,Vazhuthacaud,
Thiruvananthapuram -695014.

0471- 2325364, 2529350 Mob:9447979004

 

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