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Sahu Takes Forest Charge

Bhubaneswar: An Able Mandarin, Satyabrata Sahu has taken over as Additional Chief Secretary(ACS) of the Department of Forest, Environment and Climate Change here on 3 April.

1991 Batch IAS Shri Sahu is known for faster implementation of programs with special emphasis on 5T Framework in Government Sector.

Shri Sahu received warm welcome by the Senior IFS Officers of the Department of Forest, Environment and Climate Change.

Everybody is happy with Shri Sahu taking charge of the Forest, Environment and Climate Change said a senior IFS Officer. It is expected that there will faster development in this crucial sector, said he.

ACS Shri Sahu has Team Approach and he leads from the front, said Susanta Nanda, PCCF Nodal, said sources.

With allocation of more than Rs.2000 Crore for Forest, Environment and Climate Change Sector, the State Government needs faster program implementation and for this task Ace Mandarin Satyabrat Sahu was appointed as Additional Chief Secretary of the Department of Forest, Environment and Climate Change.

While ACS Shri Sahu was In Charge for few months in 2022, he speeded up various program implementation and the Department of Forest, Environment and Climate Change received boost for which State Government received laurels at national Level, officials say.

Various Programs including a new Initiative- Mukhyamantri Van Surakshya Kendra will be launched in 2023 to construct 10,000 Kendras in Vana Surakshya Samiti Areas with a Project cost of Rs.500 Crore.

In fact emphasis is on bringing more and more forest area under Joint Forest management providing livelihood support to forest fringed villagers through Ama Jungle Yojana, said a senior official.

In order to mitigate adverse effects of deforestation, mining and industrial activities, afforestation and improvement of Wild Life habitat are being taken up on convergence mode. More than Rs.1000 Crore will be spent under CAMPA for afforestation and wildlife care.

Consolidation and Eco-Restoration work in Chilka Lagoon and Development of Eco-Tourism is a priority area, said Shri Nanda, who is handling Chilka Development Authority as its CEO.

Shri Sahu is at present ACS Revenue & Disaster Management, Literature, Odia Language & Culture and Special Relief Commissioner.

With the assignment of ACS Shri Sahu in both the sectors, it is expected that there will be much better coordination among the officials of Department of Forest, Environment, Climate Change and Revenue & Disaster Management for speeding up development process in the State, pointed out a former Chief Secretary.