Bhubaneswar: At state-level function on Human Resource Development and Capacity Building in Forest and Environment Department, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik highlighted that State Government’s conservation and plantation initiatives resulted in increased forest cover of 900 sq.km. in Odisha since 2015 assessment. Highlights from his address at the event:
• Implementation of Joint Forest Management initiatives with active involvement of local people has bene crucial in increasing the forest cover in the state
• Strengthening of workforce through regular appointments & technical training for all employees essential for sustainable management of forests & conservation of environment
While presenting appointment letters to 48 Assistant Conservators of Forest and 111 Forest Rangers, he congratulated them and wished them a successful career in public life.