‘Forest personnel need to sharpen skill’

Staff Correspondent
SHILLONG, April 30: Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Y Shullai today said that the forest personnel should always sharp their skill and knowledge in order to discharge their duties efficiently. “Training of forest personnel, especially frontline staff, is of utmost importance when we are to fight the menace of deforestation and global warming everyday,” said Shullai, while addressing the 23rd Convocation of Meghalaya Forest Training School at Baija in Williamnagar, East Garo Hills.
Shullai said that the basic training imparted at MFTS Williamnagar equips the frontline staff with knowledge and skill to man the forest resources.
MFTS is the nodal training institute under the Department of Forest and Environment, Government of Meghalaya, wherein foresters and forest guard undergo 11-month training.
This year, a total of 14 frontline staff completed the basic training course. Sharmila Rai topped the course with an aggregate of 86.93 per cent.
As part of the convocation, different cultural activities were held at the campus, including march past by the passing out trainees of the school.
Amongst those who were present at the convocation included Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Climate Change, Research and Training) Dr. Subhash Ashutosh and Principal MFTS Arpiyush Sangma.