FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ( FAQ ' s )

ORGANIZATION

Q. What are the different categories / hierarchy in Forest Departmen.

Ans. The first level forest officer is Assistant Beat Officer/ Forest Watcher, who is assigned to a forest beat. Each Forest Beat is guarded by a Forest Beat Officer / Forest Guard, who is generally assisted by a Asst. Beat Officer. Few Forest Beats are organized in to 'Sections' and each 'Section ' will have a 'Forest Section Officer' who can be a forester or Dy. Range Officer. Few 'Sections' constitute a 'Forest Range', and Range is headed by a 'Forest Range Officer'. Few Rangers are formed into Forest Division, headed by Divisional Forest Officer of the rank of Assistant Conservator of Forests or Dy. Conservator of Forests (IFS or SFS). Few Divisions are formed into 'Circles', and each 'Circle' is headed by a Conservator of Forests (IFS).

Q. What is the administrative set up in Forest Department.

Ans. The basic territorial unit is 'Forest Beat'. Few 'Forest Beats' are made intoa 'Forest Section'. Few 'Forest Sections' are made into a 'Forest Range'. Few 'Forest Ranges' are formed into a 'Forest Division' and few 'Forest Divisions' are formed into 'Circle'. There are 13 Territorial circles, and 14 funcntional circles in the State.

Q. How the forest Officers are recruited.

Ans. The Forest Officers in the category of Asst. Beat Officer, Forest Beat Officer, Forest Section Officer are recruited at Division level by a selection committee.

The post of Dy. Range Officer is filled up by promotion from the category of 'Forester', the selection is done by the territorial circle head, namely Conservator of Forests.

The post of Forest Range Officers (Zonal posts), Asst. Conservator of Forests (State level posts) are done by AP Public Service Commision .

The Selection of IFS officers is done by Union Public Service commission.

 

VIGILANCE

Q. Whom to be informed, whether any information relating to encroachment of forest areas is noticed by the public?

Ans. Conservator of Forests of the region / concerned Divisional Forest Officers (territorial and flying squad) / Sub-Divisional Forest Officers located at District head quarters and local Forest Range Officer/ Forest Section Officer. Alternatively, the information can be furnished to the following officers
Spl. Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests ( Vigilance ): Mobile: 9440810005,Off: 040-23231564.
Addl. Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests (Vigilance): Mobile: 9440810017,Off: 040-23231553.

Q.Whom to be informed, whether any information relating to smuggling and illegal storage of forest produce is noticed by the public?

Ans.Conservator of Forests of the region / concerned Divisional Forest Officers (territorial and flying squad) / Sub-Divisional Forest Officers located at District head quarters and local Forest Range Officer/ Forest Section Officer. The contact members are available in this website Alternatively, the information can be furnished to the Vigilance officers mentioned above.

Q.Whether the name of informer will be kept secret or not .

Ans.Yes, the informant’s name will not be revealed.

Q.Whether any remuneration is paid to the informants?

Ans.Yes. If the information furnished by the informant helps the department leading to detection of forest produce and registering of forest offence, incentive will be paid for the information furnished.

 

WILD LIFE

Q.What and where are important wildlife areas in Andhra Pradesh?

Ans.Detailed information about all Wildlife Sanctuaries, National Parks & Zoo Parks of Andhra Pradesh is available in this website.

Q.There is a monkey menace.What to do?

Ans.Permission for catching problematic monkeys is given by Chief Wildlife Warden (A.P.) under the LawAvailable list of monkey catchers in the State is available with the Wild life Officers

Normally the Municipalities and Municipal Corporations will be permitted to capture these monkeys. After catching the monkeys, the males will have to be sterilized and a report is made to Chief Wildlife Warden (A.P.). Then permission to release them into forest areas will be given by the Chief Wildlife Warden (A.P.).

Q.There is a deadly snake in the house.What to do?

Ans.Please don’t kill the snake as the snake is more scared than you are.call General Secretary, Friends of Snake Club, Plot No.116, Sainikpur, Secunderabad,Phone: 27112719, 27120687 for Hyderabad city and nearby areas.

Or, call any professional who can catch the snake safely and handover to the nearest Forest Officer under proper receipt.

Q.Wild animal is found in the human habitation. What to do?

Ans. Avoid confronting the animal.Inform local forest officers who can arrange for trapping and safely removing the animal from the habitation.Q.We want to keep peafowl and deer to rear as pets.Do we get permission? Ans.Wild animals especially, the endangered species cannot be permitted to be kept as pets.Peafowl is a scheduled and endangered animal.Permission may be given to large establishments having sufficient space to keep the un-scheduled animals only through a license granted by the Central Zoo Authority,New Delhi

Q.What is the Forest area in Andhra Pradesh?

Ans The reserved forest area is 63,821 sq. km., which is 23.2 % of the geographical area of the state.

 

PRODUCTION

Q.Which Rules Govern the setting up and operation of a Saw Mill?

Ans.The Andhra Pradesh Saw Mills (Regulation) Rules, 1969, govern the setting up and operation of Saw Mills.

Q.Whom should I approach to set up a new Saw Mill?

Ans.DivisionalForest Officer concerned having jurisdiction over the place of establishment of a Saw Mill, is the Licensing authority, competent to sanction setting up of a Saw Mill.

Q.Can I propose to set up a Saw Mill within a distance of 5 Km from the boundary of any Forest?

Ans.No. “No for setting up of fresh Saw Mills within a distance of 5 Km from the boundary of any Forest under the control of Forest Department, whether notified are not, can be granted.”

Q.Can I prepare to set up a fresh Saw Mill, anywhere out side a distance of 5 Km from the boundary of any Forest under the control of Forest Department?

Ans.No. In view of the orders of the Honourable Supreme Court of India in WP No. 202 of 1995, dated 16.11.2002 permission for setting up of any Saw Mill, Veneer or Plywood Industry, cannot be granted by any State Government or Union Territory without prior permission of the Central Empowered Committee

Q.Whom should I approach for procuring Bamboos for Members of Burood Societies?

Ans. The concerned Divisional Forest Officer.

Q.How much Sandal Wood can be kept in the position of a person?

Ans.Up to 10 Kgs

Q.Is Sandal Wood Oil a Forest Produce?

Ans.No, Sandal Wood Oil is not a Forest Produce.

Q.How much Red Sanders Wood can be kept in the position of a person?

Ans.Up to 20 Kgs. Provided it is fashioned into Dolls, Images, Toys, Vessels and idols of worship.

 

SOCIAL FORESTRY

Q.Where can I get seedlings for planting in my house/institute/Field bunds?

Ans. You can contact Divisional Forest Officer, Social Forestry Division who is located at District Headquarters or the Forest Range Officer Social Forestry whose headquarters are situated in important Mandal Headquarters.

Q. How do I Know about what species are available in the nursery located in my Mandal?

Ans. The Divisional Forest Officer, Social Forestry of each district will publish a booklet before planting season (in the months of April/May) showing the species available in each nursery Mandal wise and the number and type of species can be known from this booklet.

Q. Can I get the seedlings free of cost or is there a price fixed for seedlings of important species like Teak, bamboo etc.

The price of the seedlings will be decided by the District Forest Committee chaired by the District Collector every year. Important species like teak, bamboo will have a price which will be decided by the committee.

 

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