Kochi: The Forest Department officials will now be able to discharge their duties effectively with the department’s decision to go hi-tech. As part of the decision, PCs and Personal Digital Assistant(PDA) phones will be distributed to the officials for carrying out effective enforcement. Around 25 tablet PCs will be issued to the officers belonging to the rank of Chief Conservator of Forest(CCF) and above.
“The tablet PCs will have facilities like internet, cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth and phone calling. The tablets will enable the officials to transfer photos and other documents from remote areas using the internet. In some cases, the officials have to go into core forest areas and will be unable to come back within a day. The officials can now transfer the data from the remote places using the devices. Besides this, the office work and presentation on various issues can also be done. Since the tablets are easy to carry than the laptops, we prefer to issue the tablets,” an official said.
A K Goyal, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF) said that the tender for the tablets will be called soon. “We hope that the tablets will be issued within a few months. This move is part of modernising the Forest Department,” Goyal said.
As part of the decision, PCs and Personal Digital Assistant phones will be distributed to the officials.
Meanwhile, the Forest Department will also issue Personal Digital Assistant(PDA) phones to the officers in the department. V Gopinathan, principal conservator of forest(wildlife) and chief wildlife warden said that the PDA will be useful for rule enforcement. “The PDA was first issued to the officials in the Marayoor range and has turned out to be successful. Following this, we have decided to provide PDA for the officials of the department across the state. More gadgets like advanced digital cameras will also help collect and preserve the images of animals and vegetation,” Gopinathan said.