Forest Protection Force--Introduction                                                                                                     << Back

Department Introduction

During the past two decades of militancy in the state of J&K, forests have been subjected to excessive pressures of smuggling of timber, poaching and encroachments etc. The territorial forest staff was ill-equipped to handle the situation and therefore, Forest Protection Force

was set up vide Govt. order no:129-PD of 1996 dated 04-12-1996 in pursuance of a cabinet decision no: 12/7 dated: 2nd Dec. 1996. After enactment of Forest (Protection) Force, Act 2001, this Force, which was so created, for all practical purposes, shall deemed to have been created

under Section 3 of J&K Forest (Protection) Force, Act 2001.

Forest Protection Force shall be an Armed Force of the State on the pattern of Police Department. The force is headed by Director of the rank of Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Headquarter office of which is in move. Under the command of Director there are two regional offices located at Srinagar and Jammu called Delta Headquarters headed by Joint Directors of the rank of Conservator of Forests followed by Deputy Directors which are the heads of Gamma Units, counterparts of the territorial DFOs. Each Gamma Unit has two Beta Units and five Alpha Units headed by Assistant Directors and Inspectors respectively to be located one each in territorial forest divisions to assist the Forest Department and sister departments in protection of forests like illicit felling, encroachments, poaching, forest fires and illegal extraction/transportation of non- timber forest products etc.