Six Indian forest officers posted as IAS officers in Bihar

Six Indian forest officers posted as IAS officers in Bihar
Patna, Aug 6 (PTI) Faced with acute shortage of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, the Bihar government has posted six officers of Indian Forest Service (IFS) to function as IAS officers in some key departments.

According to a notification issued by the personnel department here recently, Bettiah Conservator of Forest in Bihar's West Champaran district, Bharat Jyoti Choudhry has been made the director of social securities, while District Forest Officer (DFO) of Motihari in East Champaran district, P K Gupta has been asked to join as additional secretary in rural works department.

Similarly the DFO of Sasaram in Rohtas district, Arvind Singh has been appointed as Director (Horticulture) in the Agriculture department and District Forest Officer, Muzaffarpur, Ashutosh Kumar has been appointed as Director, Primary Education.

Another IFS officer, D K Shukla functioning as Director, Rural Development department has been transferred and made the special secretary in Urban Development department, sources in the state personnel and adminstrative department today said.

The sixth officer of forest services Gopal Singh who completed his probation in Sasaram about two years back, is already attached to the chief minister's secretariat.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar acknowledging the shortage of IAS officials had recently stated at his janata darbar that he was prepared to clear the applications of officers of other cadres willing to come to Bihar and join him in changing the face of Bihar.

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