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In pursuance of sub-rule (1) of rule 8 of the Indian Forest Service
(Recruitment) Rules, 1966, the Central Government, in consultation with the
State Governments and the Union Public Service Commission, hereby makes the
following regulations namely:
SHORT TITLE & COMMENCEMENT:-
These regulations may be called the Indian
Forest Service (Appointment by promotion) Regulations 1966.
They shall be deemed to have come into
force with effect from the 1st July 1966.
In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires :
`Cadre Officer’ means a member of the
`Cadre Post’ means any of the posts
specified as such in the regulations made under sub-rule (1) of rule 4 of the
`Cadre Rules’ means the Indian Forest
Service (Cadre) Rules, 1966;
`Committee’ means the Committee set up
in accordance with regulation 3;
`Commission’ means the Union Public
`Recruitment Rules’ means the Indian
Forest Service (Recruitment) Rules, 1966;
`State Government’ means :
in relation to a State in respect of which
a separate cadre of the service exists, the Government of such State ; and
in relation to a group of States in
respect of which a Joint Cadre of the Service is constituted, the Joint Cadre
in relation to a group of Union
Territories, and in respect of which a joint cadre of the service is
constituted, the Central Government.
`Year’ means the period commencing of
the first day of January and ending on 31st day of December of the
All other words and expressions used in these regulations but not defined
shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Recruitment Rules.
CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMITTEE TO MAKE SELECTION: -
There shall be constituted for a State
Cadre or Joint Cadre specified in column 2 of Schedule, a committee consisting
of the Chairman of the Commission or where the Chairman is unable to attend, any
other member of the Commission representing it and other members specified in
the corresponding entry of column 3 of the said Schedule:
member of the Committee other than the Chairman or the member of the Commission
shall be a person who is not a member of an All India Service;
nominees of the Government of India shall not belong to the cadre for which the
meeting of the Committee is to be held; and
Central Government may after consultation with the State Government concerned,
amend the Schedule.
The Chairman or the member of the Commission shall preside at all
meetings of the Committee at which he is present.
The absence of a member, other than the Chairman or member of the
Commission, shall not invalidate the proceedings of the Committee if more than
half the members of the Committee had attended its meetings.”
PREPARATION OF A LIST OF SUITABLE OFFICERS :-
Each Committee shall ordinarily meet every year and prepare a list of
such members of the State Forest Service as are held by them to be suitable for
promotion to the Service. The
number of members of the State Forest Service to be included in the list shall
be determined by the Central Government in consultation with the State
government concerned, and shall not exceed the number of substantive vacancies
as on the first day of January of the year in which the meeting is held, in the
posts available for them under rule 9 of the Recruitment Rules.
The date and venue of the meeting of the Committee to make the selection
shall be determined by the Commission:
Provided that no meeting of the
Committee shall be held, and no list for the year in question shall be prepared
there are no substantive vacancies as on the first day of January of the
year in the posts available for the members of the state Forest Service under
rule 9 of the recruitment rules; or
the Central Government in consultation with the State Government decides
that no recruitment shall be made during the year to the substantive vacancies
as on the first day of January of the year in the posts available for the
members of the State Forest Service under rule 9 of the Recruitment Rules;
further that where no meeting of the Committee could be held during a year for
any reason other than that provided for in the first proviso, as and when the
Committee meets again, the Select List shall be prepared separately for each
year during which the Committee could not meet, as on the 31st
December of each year.
EXPLANATION:- In case of Joint
Cadres, a separate select list shall be prepared in respect of each State Forest
The Committee shall consider for inclusion to the said list, the cases of
members of the State Forest Services in the order of seniority in that service
of a number which is equal to three times the number referred in sub-regulation
Provided that such restriction
shall not apply in respect of a State where the total number of eligible
officers is less than three times the maximum permissible size of the Select
List and in such a case the Committee shall consider all the eligible officers.
further that in computing the number for inclusion in the field of
consideration, the number of officers referred to in sub-regulation (3) shall be
Provided also that the Committee
shall not consider the case of a member of the State Forest Service unless on
the first day of January of the year for which the Select List is prepared, he
is substantive in the State Forest Service and has completed not less that eight
years of continuous service (whether officiating or substantive) in post(s)
included in the State Forest Service.
1: The powers of the State Government under
the third proviso to this sub-regulation shall be exercised in relation to the
members of the State Forest Service of a constituent State, by the Government of
also that the officers belonging to any service referred to in item (ii) of
clause (g) of rule 2 of the recruitment rules, shall not be eligible to be
considered for promotion to any cadre other than the Union Territories Cadre.
also that in respect of any released Emergency Commissioned or Short Service
Commissioned officers appointed to the State Forest Service, eight years of
continuous service as required under the preceding proviso shall be counted from
the deemed date of their appointment to that service, subject to the condition
that such officers shall be eligible for consideration if they have completed
not less that four years of actual continuous service, on the 1st
day of January of the year for which the Select List is prepared, in the
post of Assistant Conservator of Forests.
EXPLANATION II: In
computing the period of continuous service for the purpose of this regulation
there shall be included any period during which an officer has undertaken:
Training in a diploma course in the Forest
Research Institute and College, Dehradun; or
Such other training as may be approved by
the Central Government in consultation with the Commission in any other
EXPLANATION III: Service
in post(s) included in the State Forest Service would also include service
rendered in ex-cadre posts connected with forestry whether under the Government
a company, Association or Body of
individuals whether incorporated or not, which is wholly or substantively owned
or controlled by Government, Municipal or Local Body, and
an International Organisation, an
Autonomous Body not controlled by Government or a Private Body;
that the State Government certified that the officer concerned would have
continued to hold a post included in the State Government Services but for his
deputation to such ex-cadre post.
The Committee shall not consider the cases of the members of the State
Forest Service who have attained the age of 54 years on the first day of January of the year for which the Select List is
Provided that a member of the State
Forest Service whose name appears in the Select List
prepared for the earlier year before the date of the meeting of the
Committee and who has not been appointed to the service only because he was
included provisionally in that
Select List shall be considered for inclusion in the fresh list to be prepared
by the Committee, even if he has in the meanwhile, attained the age of fifty
Provided further that a member of
the State Forest Service who has attained the age of fifty four years on the
first day of January of the year for which the Select List is prepared shall be
considered by the Committee, if he was eligible for consideration on the first
day of “January of the year or any of the years immediately preceding the year
in which such meeting is held but could not be considered as no meeting of the
Committee was held during such preceding year or years under item (b) of the
proviso to sub-regulation(1)”.
The Committee shall not consider the case of such member of the State
Forest Service who had been included in an earlier select list and –
had expressed his unwillingness for
appointment to the service under regulation 9;
that he shall be considered for inclusion in the Select List, if before the
commencement of the year, he applies in writing, to the State Government
expressing his unwillingness to be considered for appointment to the service;
was not appointed to the service by the
Central Government under regulation 10.
The Selection Committee shall classify eligible officers as
`Outstanding’, `Very Good’, `Good’ or `unfit’ as the case may be on an
overall relative assessment of their service records.
List shall be prepared by including the required number of names first from
amongst the officers finally classified as `Outstanding’ then from amongst
those similarly classified as `Very Good’ and thereafter from amongst those
similarly classified as `Good’ and the order of names inter-se within each
category shall be in the order of their seniority in the State Forest Service.
the name of an officer so included in the list shall be treated as provisional
if the State Government withholds the integrity certificate in respect of such
an officer or any proceedings, departmental or criminal are pending against him
or anything adverse against him which renders him unsuitable for appointment to
the service has come to the notice of the State Government.
that while preparing yearwise select lists for more than one year pursuant to
the 2nd proviso to sub regulation (1), the officer included
provisionally in any of the Select List so prepared shall be considered for
inclusion in the Select List of subsequent year in addition to the normal
consideration zone and in case he is found fit for inclusion in the suitability
list for that year on a provisional basis such inclusion shall be in addition to
the normal size of the select list determined by the Central Government for such
I:The proceedings shall be treated as pending only if a charge-sheet has
actually been issued to the officer or filed in a Court as the case may be.
II: The adverse thing which came to the notice of the State Government rendering
him unsuitable for appointment to the service shall be treated as having come to
the notice of the State only if the details of the same have been communicated
to the Central Government and the Central Government is satisfied that the
details furnished by the State Government have a bearing on the suitability of
the office and investigation thereof is essential.
CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSION : The list prepared in accordance with
regulation 5 shall then be forwarded to the Commission by the State Government
the records of all members of the State
Forest Service included in the list;
the records of all members of the State
Forest Service who are proposed to be superseded by the recommendations made in
The observations of the State Government
on the recommendations of the Committee.
State Government shall also forward a copy of the list referred to in regulation
to the Central Government and the Central Government shall send their
observations on the recommendations of the Committee to the Commission.
The Commission shall consider the list prepared by the Committee
the documents received from the State
Government under regulation 6;
the observations of the Central Government
and unless it considers any change necessary, approve the list.
the Commission considers it necessary to make any changes in the list received
from the State Government, the Commission shall inform the State Government and
the Central Government of the changes proposed and after taking into account
these comments, if any, of the State Government and the Central Government, may
approve the list finally with such modifications, if any, as may in its opinion
be just and proper.
list as finally approved by the Commission shall form the Select List of the
members of the State Forest Service.
Provided that if
an officer whose name is included in the Select List is, after such inclusion,
issued with a charge sheet or a charge sheet is filed against him in a Court of
Law, his name in the Select List shall be deemed to be provisional.
Select List shall remain in force till the 31st day of December of
the year in which the meeting of the Selection Committee was held with a view to
prepare the list under sub-regulation (1) of regulation 5 or up to 60 days from
the date of approval of the Select List by the Commission under sub-regulation
(1) or as the case may be finally approved under sub-regulation (2) whichever is
that where the select list is prepared for more than one year pursuant to the
second proviso to sub-regulation (1) of regulation 5, the Select Lists shall
remain in force till the 31st day of December of the year in which
the meeting was held to prepare such lists or up to 60 days from the date of
approval of the Select Lists by the Commission under this regulation, whichever
where the State Government has forwarded the proposal to declare a provisionally
included officer in the Select List as `Unconditional’ to the Commission
during the period when the Select List was in force,
the Commission shall decide the matter within a period of forty five
days or before the date of meeting of the next Selection Committee, whichever is
earlier and if the Commission declares the inclusion of the provisionally
included officer in the Select List as unconditional and final, the appointment
of the concerned officer shall be considered by the Central Government under
regulation 9 and such appointment shall not be invalid merely for the reason
that it was made after the Select List ceased to be in force.
that in the event of any new service or services being formed by enlarging the
existing State Forest Service or otherwise being approved by the Central
Government as the State Forest Service under clause (i) of sub-regulation (1) of
regulation 2, the Select List in force at the time of such approval shall
continue to be in force until a new list prepared under regulation 5 in respect
of the members of the new State Forest Service, is approved under sub-regulation
(1) or as the case may be, finally approved under sub-regulation (2).
APPOINTMENTS TO THE SERVICE FROM THE SELECT LIST:
Appointment of a member of the State Forest Service, who has expressed
his willingness to be appointed to the service shall be made by the Central
Government in the order in which the names of the members of the State Forest
Service appear in the Select List for the time being in force during the period
when the Select List remains in force:
the appointment of members of the State Forest Service shall be made in
accordance with the agreement arrived at under clause (b) of sub-rule (3) of
rule 8 of the Recruitment Rules in the order in which the names of the members
of the State Forest Service occur in the relevant parts of the Select List for
the time being in force.
that the appointment of an officer, whose name has been included or deemed to be
included in the Select List provisionally under proviso to sub-regulation (5) of
regulation 5 or under the proviso to sub-regulation (3) of regulation 7 as the
case may be shall made within sixty days after the name is made unconditional by
the Commission in terms of the first proviso to sub-regulation (4) of regulation
that in case a Select List officer has expressed his unwillingness for
appointment to the service, he shall have no claim for appointment to the
service from that select list unless he informs the Central Government through
the State Government before the expiry of the validity of the Select List
revoking his earlier expression of unwillingness for appointment to the service.
POWER OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT NOT TO APPOINT IN CERTAIN CASES:
anything contained in these Regulations, the Central Government may not appoint
any person whose name appears in the Select List if it is of the opinion that it
is necessary or expedient so to do in the public interest.
Provided that no such decision shall be taken by the Central Government
without consulting the Union Public Service Commission.
11. Saving - Omitted.
Schedule (See Regulation 3)
Name of the
State Cadre/Joint Cadre
of the Committee
Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories
Chief Secretary of the constituent State.
In respect of Union Territory segment, the senior-most Chief
Secretary amongst the Chief Secretaries to the Union Territory
The senior-most Chief Secretary of the remaining constituents of
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests of the constituent segment
for which the meeting is held. In
respect of Goa segment, the CF to attend;
Head of Forests Department of the constituent segment, not below
the rank of Secretary to Government.
For Union Territory segment, the senior-most officer looking after
Forest Department among all Union Territories;
Joint Secretary, Government of India, dealing with AGMUT cadre in
Ministry of Environment & Forests; and
Two nominees of Government of
India not below the rank of Joint Secretary.
and Manipur-Tripura Joint Cadres
Secretary of the Governments of the constituent States;
Chief Conservators of Forests of the constituent States; and
nominees of Government of India not below the rank of Joint Secretary.
Chief Secretary of the State Government;
Secretary, Forests Department of the State Government;
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests of the constituent State;
Two nominees of Government of India not below the rank of Joint
The principal rules were notified vide Notification No.2/9/65-AIS(IV)
dated 17.11.1965 and amended subsequently vide various GSR/Notification issued
by the Govt. of India, DOPT from time to time.
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