NEW DELHI: The COVID-19 pandemic and procedural delays in the payment of examination fees amounting to approximately Rs 50 crore have hampered the recruitment of 211 rangers by the Delhi forestry department, which is sorely understaffed, according to officials.
Hearing the plea of lawyer Aditya Prasad, the National Green Court (NGT) in July 2019 ordered the department to fill the vacant positions as soon as possible.
Officials say the government outsourced online testing and assessment services to EdCIL India Limited in November 2019, removing them from the remit of Delhi’s subordinate service selection committee, and issued an announcement in December to fill 226 vacant sanctioned positions from four forests. rangers, 211 rangers and 11 wildlife rangers.
EdCIL, a miniratna public sector company under the Ministry of Human Resources Development, organized the exam for rangers and wildlife guards in March of last year. The final results were announced in January 2021.
“The wildlife wardens have joined the duty and they are taking care of the wildlife rescue operations. The rangers undergo an 18-month training course. However, the pandemic and the procedural delays in the release of the examination fee s ‘Raising more than 50 crore for testing the agency has hampered the recruitment of rangers, ”an official said.