Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu interacted with the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Probationers (2017-19), in New Delhi on Tuesday.
While addressing the young officers, Vice President Naidu said that a mega bio-diverse country like India should preserve and protect its forest cover and pass on the treasure to the next generation.
The Vice President asked the officers to be aware of the imbalances in the global life support systems caused by depleting forest cover, environmental degradation, global warming, pollution of air and water, etc.
He stressed on the importance of forests in maintaining ecological balance and asked Forest Officers to act as facilitators in providing the benefits of the forests to the community and nation, besides providing leadership.
The Vice President said that forest management is no longer limited to the management of forests and wildlife alone, but is also an activity for maintaining the health of land, water and air.
He further noted that we now need to depart from the age old concepts of forest management and adopt a more open, cooperative, ecological functional and environmental angle.
Keep social, economic and cultural ramifications in mind while taking decisions on the management of forests, he added.
He also asked the officers to carefully address the problems of forest protection and human sustenance and advised them to apply their knowledge and skill with a human face while dealing issues of the hungry and deprived people living in the around forest areas.
He also asked Indian Forest Service Probationers and Officers to take up concrete action plans of ecological restoration and conservation by involving people living near forest areas. He also stressed on the need to create additional opportunities for employment for them through forestry-based programmes.