Shortage of staff hits State forests

Concerned over the manpower crisis, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has written to Chief Minister B S Yedurappa on Thursday seeking his personal intervention to fill vacancies.

The sanctioned strength of forest personnel in Karnataka is 7,775. But as many as 2,122 posts are vacant, creating a staff shortage of 27 per cent. The state has 38,284 sqkm of forest, housing five national parks and 21 wildlife sanctuaries. It has two tiger reserves—Bandipur Nagarhole and Bhadra. It also shares the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve with Tamil Nadu and Kerala. But, barring Goa, all Karnataka neighbours fared better in filling forestry posts.

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