Guwahati : The Forest department of Assam is in a major chaos after the Principal Chief Conservator of forest Dr A.M. Singh was removed on the orders of the CAT.
It is for the first time in the history of Assam forest, the top man was removed by the court. However the charge was not yet handed over till last night and plans are afoot to challenge the CAT order at the Supreme Court.
Dr. Abhijit Rabha has been appointed in the place of Dr A. M. Singh.
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed posting of Dr Abhijit Rabha who is currently serving as Special PCCF in the Forest Circle of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), as Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) & Head of Forest Force (HoFF), Assam.
At this moment, Dr A.M. Singh a junior officer was appointed by the coterie led by the Chief Secretary Alok Kumar overruling Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s choice of Dr. Rabha. An aggrieved Dr Rabha approached the court and got the order.
However the coterie is expected to challenge the verdict of the CAT at the Supreme Court and hence the charge was not handed over till last night despite the CAT order which came almost a week back.
Dr Rabha an officer of 1984 (DR) batch of Indian Forest Service (IFS) aggrieved for not being considered for promotion to the post of PCCF & HoFF, Assam by the Special Selection Committee that had met on Sepctember 26, 2018, challenged his non-selection before the CAT.