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The Indian Forest Service now has 284 female officers serving throughout the country. Pixabay

India’s forest management marked a conservation milestone when three women officers were inducted into the Indian Forest Service (IFS) in 1980, and since then a traditionally ‘all-male bastion’ is gradually opening to more and more women officers. This has led to the birth of the ‘lesser-known Khaki’.

Today, the Indian Forest Service has 284 women officers serving the nation. These women officers are not only doing exemplary work in the field, but they are also highly accomplished academically and are leading the Central and state governments when it comes to policymaking.

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Three women – Veena Sekhri, C.S. Ramalakshmi, and Meera Iqbal – were inducted into the IFS in 1980. Sekhri then went on to become the country’s topmost forest officer. Following their lead, many women have broken the glass ceiling and joined the IFS.

Some work in zoos and ex-situ restoration, while some work in the wildlife crime prevention bureau. Pixabay

“Women must work in the field if their job requires it, regardless of the difficulties, so that they can prove themselves. However, the forest department must also make necessary provisions for women’s staff, like separate rooms and toilets in the forest area,” said Sekhri in a book titled ‘The Green Queens of India’.

About 284 women officers of IFS preside as field directors at different national parks, sanctuaries, and various protected areas of the country. The ‘Green Queens’, as they are called, are known for their technical expertise in wildlife. They closely connect with nature and the people and are efficient managers of the wildlife areas.

While some work in the wildlife crime control bureau, others work in zoos and ex-situ conservation, in protected area management, wildlife research, and human-wildlife conflict management. Few officers also serve in harsh conditions, tough terrains, and extreme climates.

The erstwhile male bastion of fighting with the encroachers and the timber mafia has long been demolished with several young women IFS officers making a mark as territorial district forest officers. From nursery management to encroachment removal, women officers have improved various aspects of forestry with innovative-customized solutions to the local issues.

The ‘Green Queens,’ as they are known, are known for their wildlife technological skills. Pixabay

Women also have the ability to be strict when required. A 1990 Batch Tamil Nadu Cadre officer, Mita Banerjee, posted as the Wild Warden in Chennai, managed four protected areas and booked a variety of wildlife offenses and thereafter went on to became the first woman to be posted as Deputy Director in the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau of the Western Region.

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Besides the topmost IFS officers, there is over 5,000 women frontline personnel in the forestry. Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar had recently hailed the consistent increase in the number of women officials, saying they bring sincerity and dedication to the service in addition to the merit and requisite skills.

The minister also lauded the pro-active role played by women in protecting the forest and wildlife. “All the women associated with forestry – from frontline officers to head of forest forces – have been a significant force in preserving our countries forests and wildlife, and striving for a greener future,” he had said. (IANS/KB)



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"Sitharaman said that the message through such enforcement actions should be such that these acts of brazen attempts at smuggling are nipped in the bud," the statement added. The Finance Minister also said that better coordination among the law enforcement and intelligence gathering agencies and sharing of actionable intelligence are the way forward in protecting the frontiers of the country more efficiently. "Sitharaman also asked the DRI to focus on interdicting dual use technology items as well as preventing the dumping of toxic wastes in our country," the statement said. (IANS/ MBI)

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When Alexa detects that the faucet has been left open, it will send users a notification as well so they can take appropriate action, it added. Amazon previously said at its event in September that it would add the ability to programme Alexa to recognise custom sounds, but that feature has yet to arrive. Having said that, the two new sound detection capabilities not only help users save energy, but they also make it easier to avoid paying for unnecessary charges on your home utilities, the report said.

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Comforting Christmas cocktails help you enjoy the celebrations and get into the festive spirit. The Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts offer distinctive cocktails ranging from Hot Toddies to Decadent Egg Nogs. Sit back and enjoy one martini at a time to make the festive season a little brighter.

Dirty Chai Eggnog:

Eggnog is a Christmas favorite that is accustomed to toasts for good health and prosperity. It is an American tradition that has spread around the world. Historically, it has been made using eggs, milk, and alcohol. Our culinary artists have given an Indian twist to this winter drink, making it quintessentially desi!


30 ml Bourbon
30 ml Baileys
90 ml Hot milk tea
Whole Spices
Sweet cream foam to top up

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