IFS E-mail Access   &   Updates
Minutes of the meeting held under the chairmanship of Secretary(MoEF&CC) on 11.01.2017 in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Windows(SPARROW)
Introduction to Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Windows(SPARROW) for online filling of PAR in respect of Indian Forest Service(IFS) Officers letter dated 23.12.2016
O.M.- The 23rd All India Forest Meet is to be held at Hyderabad, Telangana from 07th to 11th January, 2017, O.M. dated 15.12.2016
Rajya Sabha provisionally admitted Starred/Unstarred Question (Dy. No. S5004) by Shri Kapil Sibal, MP for answer on 08.12.2016
Gazette Notification- WOOD-BASED INDUSTRIES [ESTABLISHMENT AND REGULATION) GUIDELINES, 2016
Letter to the State Govts. - Review of the entire service Record of officers who have completed 15/25 years of service or on attaining the age of 50 years, under All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Amendment Rules, 1958, letter dated 04.11.2016
Letter to the State Govts. - Review of the entire service Record of officers who have completed 15/25 years of service or on attaining the age of 50 years, under All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Amendment Rules, 1958, letter dated 04.11.2016
Minutes of the Meeting held on 08.08.2016 on progress on Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Window (SPARROW) under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Rekha Pai, IGF(EAP), MoEF & CC, New Delhi
Retention of names on offer for Central Deputation under the Central Staffing Scheme for the year 2016
IFS CIVIL LIST 2016 As on January 01, 2016
Adopting SPARROW for online recording APARs in r/o IFS officers
Letter to the State Govts. - Review of service of All India Service officers
MINUTES OF THE MEETING held on 29.03.2016 at 11.00 AM under the Chairmanship of the Secretary, MoEF&CC, New Delhi, with the Principal Secretaries(Forest)/Principal Chief Conservator of Forests/Administrators of all the State Governments/UTs
PROFORMA for Digital Signature for SPARROW
Review of service of All India Service officers who have completed 15 years and 25 years of qualifying service, letter dated 18.02.2016
Adopting SPARROW (Smart Appraisal Report Recording Online Window) for online recording APARs in respect of IFS officers
Instructions/guidelines under rule 7(2) of AIS (Leave) Rules 1955 to process deemed resignation for being unauthorizedly absent after expiry of Leave/Study Leave/ Foreign Assignment etc.
Review of Service under All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement Benefits) Amendment Rules, 2012
Adopting SPARROW (Smart Performance Apprisal Recording Online Window) for online recording APARs in respectof IFS Officers
O.M.-Declaration of Asseets and Liabilities by Public Servants under Section 44 of Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013-extension of last date of filing of revised returns for the year 2014 and returns for the year 2015
Distribution of Indian Forest Service Officers borne on the Joint Cadre of Manipur and Tripura between seperate Cadres of Manipur and Tripura.
अविभाजित राज्य आंध्र प्रदेश को दो उत्तराधिकारी राज्यों आंध्र प्रदेश और तेलंगाना के बीच भारतीय वन सेवा के अधिकारियों का आवंटन/वितरण का आदेश
Allocation/ Distribution of Indian Forest Service Officers borne on the undivided cadre of Andhra Pradesh between two successor states of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana{English Version}
Online updation of Executive Record Sheet (ERS) of IFS Officers for career planning and management
Procedure for accessing NIC e-mail account for Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer(s), Online updation of Executive Record Sheet and Online Annual Property Returns.

Introduction

India is one of the First countries in the world to have stated scientific management of its forests. During the year 1864 the then British India Government started the Imperial Forest Department and appointed Dr. Dietrich Brandis, a German Forest officer Inspector General of Forests in 1866. Having recognized the need to have a premier forest service to mange the varied natural resources of the vast country and to organize the affairs of the Imperial Forest Department, Imperial Forest Service was constituted in 1867.

Having realized the importance of a multi-tier forest Administration in the federal and provincial Governments for effective management of forest resources the British India Government also constituted Provincial Forest Service and Executive & Subordinate Services, which were quite similar to the present day forest administrative hierarchy.

The officers appointed to the Imperial Forest Service from 1867 to 1885 were trained in France and Germany. Thereafter, until 1905 they were trained at Cooper's Hill, London, which had been one of the prestigious professional colleges of Forestry at that time. From 1905 to 1926 the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh had undertaken the task of training the officers of the Imperial Forest Service. The Imperial Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun, presently & popularly known all over the world as FRI was established at Dehra Dun in the year 1906. The baton to train the IFS officers was passed on to Forest Research Institute, which it did successfully from 1927 to 1932. Subsequently the Indian Forest College (IFC) was established in the year 1938 at Dehra Dun and the officers recruited to the Superior Forest Service by the provinces/states were trained there.

The subject of "Forestry" which was managed by the Federal Government until then, was transferred to the "Provincial List" by the Government of India Act, 1935 and subsequently recruitment to the Imperial Forest Service was discontinued.

The Indian Forest Service, one of the three All India Services, was constituted in the year 1966 under the All India Services Act, 1951 by the Government of India.

The main mandate of the service is the implementation of the National Forest Policy which envisages scientific management of forests and to exploit them on a sustained basis for primary timber products, among other things. Since 1935 the management of the forests remained in the hands of the Provincial Governments and even today the Forest Departments are managing the forests of the country under the respective State governments.

Organisation of the Service

The initial constitution of the Indian Forest Service consisted of the four following categories of the officers

  1. Initial Recruits (IR);
  2. Emergency Commissioned/Short Service Commissioned (EC/SSC)
  3. Direct Recruits also known as Regular Recruits (DR/RRs); and
  4. Promotees (appointed from State Forest Service.
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