Parliamentary Appreciation Course for 2014 Batch of IFS Probationers was held from 2nd to 6th of August 2015 at New Delhi.
The four day tour commenced with a visit to Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change at New Delhi. The IFS Batch was addressed by Shri Ashok Lavasa, Secretary, MoEFCC and Dr. S S Negi, Director General of Forest and Special Secretary to Government of India. Both of them set out a vision for budding IFS probationers. Later, Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change spoke about the importance of the Service and had a rather informal interaction and entertained a lot of questions.
The Call on Hon’ble President of India by the Probationers was in Rashtrapati Bhawan. The President in his address urged the Probationers to use their expertise and core competence for improving the quality in management of forests. He spoke on the importance of environment and the issue of climate change and emphasized the need of a balance between environment and development. He stated that Indian Forest Service is not just any ordinary administrative job but demands innovative ways of working.
The call on Hon’ble Vice President of India was on 5th August, 2015. He had a lively discussion on a variety of issues with the Probationers.
During various sessions at Bureau of Parliamentary Studies & Training (BPST), the Probationers appreciated the importance of parliamentary questions and other procedural devices for raising matters of urgent public importance. They also had sessions on legislative processes and got input over how the Bills are passed in legislatures and budgetary processes followed in the parliament and how the financial accountability of the Government of the day is ensured. A visit to the Visitor’s Gallery of Lok Sabh was also organized, wherein formal legislative process was witnessed by the Probationers. Overall, the four day Parliamentary Appreciation tour was a very useful exercise and provided the probationers with an opportunity to closely observe the functioning of the largest democracy.