Dehradun : Need to emphasize on afforestation as well as soil and water conservation, by doing this we will be able to face the challenges of climate change strongly and carbon sequestration and land degradation neutrality as decided by our country. goals can also be achieved. State’s Water Resources, Panchayati Raj, Rural Works, Public Works, Tourism, Irrigation, Endowment and Culture Minister Satpal Maharaj on Friday conducted training on soil and water conservation and watershed management at New Hostel, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy for the last two weeks.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of At the conclusion of the ongoing training program on Soil and Water Conservation and Watershed Management, Water Resources Minister Satpal Maharaj while addressing the trainees of IFS Probationers said that the Indian Forest Service is one of the three All India Services constituted under the All India Services Act 1951. Is. Whereas 2 services are Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service. It is a matter of pride for me that I have got the opportunity to address all the selected officers of IFS-2021 batch.
He said that I congratulate the officers of both the institutions for the fact that you have taken a commendable step for a fruitful collaboration between the two institutions. As IFS Probationers you have undergone training at IGNFA covering about 24 technical subjects related to many disciplines such as forestry, wildlife, environmental management law and social sciences.
You know very well that for the ecological balance and its proper services, it is necessary to manage the presence in a particular area with an integrated approach. Shri Maharaj said that soil and water are the basic basis of life, their sustainable management and conservation has always been necessary for human welfare, which has been discussed in our various texts as well.
I am happy to learn that the Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation has given IFS Probationers a 12 days proper training on Soil and Water Conservation and Watershed Management. In this training, more importance was given to field practical along with theory and all of you IFS probationers have directly participated in it. Cabinet Minister Satpal Maharaj said that I am sure that this training will increase your knowledge and skills and it will be useful for you in future.
He said that agriculture, forestry or other land-use in any particular area cannot be viewed in isolation for proper services to the ecology. Along with this, sustainable development is not possible without the participation of the people living in that particular area. The same principle is inherent in watershed management. Shri Maharaj told all the IFS Probationers trainees that the principles of watershed management and practical knowledge required for this is necessary.
Soil erosion is a very serious problem in our country, especially the hill states are badly affected by it, it is very surprising that only by controlling soil erosion, we can achieve about 45 percent of the total carbon sequestration capacity of our country. Huh. Watershed Minister said that today rural development is a big issue in most parts of our country and rural migration is a big problem.
For this, watershed based agricultural development is an effective way, because from this approach, proper management and development of soil, water, forest, animals and people is done in a particular area. He said that in the last few years due to the ill effects of climate change there has been an increase in the intensity of rainfall and there has been a drastic reduction in the number of rainy days throughout the year.
Because of this, the problem of soil erosion, landslides and rapid water flows is getting deeper day by day due to very heavy rainfall in a short period of time. Shri Maharaj said that natural water sources are also drying up continuously in many parts of the country. Your contribution as a forest officer is very important to tackle these challenges.
On this occasion Bharat Jyoti, Director of Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dr. M. Madhu, Director, Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Additional Director of Forest Academy Sushil Kumar, Principal Scientist and Head of Department, Dr. Dharamvir Singh Forest Academy and experts of Soil Conservation Institute and many others. IFS Probationers Trainees were present.