More women staff to guard forests in Kasaragod
Kasaragod: The forest regions that was being guarded by men till now, will now witness women guarding the wilderness. There are 8 beat forest officers appointed in Kasaragod. They will be managing the beat patrol in the forest and other duties. Now there are 10 women officers, including the section forest, officer in the district. Eight of the 13 beat forest officers appointed from the PSC list of 2017 are women.
P. V. Preethimol, Dona K. Augustine, Farzana, Anaswara, and T. M. Sini are working under Kanhangad range and Khamarunnisa, K. V. Veena and Ramitha are under Kasaragod range. All of them are post graduates and two of them BTech holders. There are Pushpavathi, who has been working as beat forest officer in Kanhangad range for the past 14 years and her sister Yasodha, who is the section forest officer in Manjeswaram forest check post, to support the newly appointed officers.
The lack of basic amenities cause trouble to women staff in this sector. Forest Protective Staff Association State Secretary S. N. Rajesh said that the failure to implement accurate duty schedule will cause difficulties to the women staff. Their duties include protection of wildlife, responsibility of forest protection committees and prevention of wildfire.