IFS is one of the most prestigious All India Services of the Government of India. The Ministry of Environment and Forests is the body Controlling Authority for the Indian Forest Service and also the Nodal Ministry in respect of the Indian Forest Service.
The Indian Forest Service has inherent time-bound promotions and higher scales which are comparable to the best in government sector in the country. After completion of training, the IFoS officers are usually posted as Divisional Forest Officers (DFOs)/Deputy Conservators of Forests (DCF) with the independent charge of a forest division with a large number of Forest Guards, BlockOfficers, Range Officers and Assistant Conservators of Forests working under them. IFoS need to keep a check on illegal logging of trees and work with the forest guards and security personnels.
Hari Singh was the Inspector General of Forests of India in the 1960s. He was awarded with the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), a distinguishing honor bestowed upon him by the British Government. He held India's highest office of forest administration, namely, Inspector General of Forests, from 1964 to 1969, and graced innumerable national and international bodies on the development of the forestry sector.
Sonali Ghosh, A topper of the Indian Forest Service batch of 2000-2003, she is armed with a slew of degrees including post-graduate degrees in forestry and wildlife science, a post-graduate diploma in Environmental Law from the National Law School of India, and another one in systems management. She has also won a doctorate in remote-sensing technology concerning habitat suitability for tigers in the Indo-Bhutan Manas landscape.
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