THE LIGHT OF ANDAMANS | VOL 36 | ISSUE 04 | 15 NOV 2012
Raj Niwas v/s Van Sadan
By Zubair Ahmed
The case instead of going to PCCF for taking action was dealt directly at Raj Niwas and was informed to the Addl PCCF instead of the PCCF.
There is a very visible rift between the top echelons of Forest Dept and the ANI Admn. For the first time, the Islands have two Principal Secretaries for
and Environment and Wildlife. DV Negi, PCCF, it's learnt is not in the good
books of Raj Niwas. The Admn, is in a quandary with many of its vital tourism
projects held up for environmental clearances. Without proper homework and
half-hearted efforts, when the proposals are sent for environmental clearances,
the files get held up for want of proper information, which is unavailable with
To overcome the log jam, overriding the desk of DV Negi, the Admn found a new shortcut - installing Shashi Kumar, PCCF, Wildlife as Principal Secretary, Environment and Science & Technology. The stake of many bureaucrats in the tourism projects go beyond their brief. In fact, they have a stake in the projects, which need not get the expected impetus from the Dept of Environment and
as they are doing their mundane job.
Speaking to The Light of Andamans, a senior forest official said that if the Bureaucrats need any forest produce for their own use, they will go out of their way and plunge to any level to achieve it. Why can't they show same kind of interest in the official matters?