Protection & Vigilance (P&V)

Forest wealth of the State in under threat due to  illicit felling of trees, raising of Ganja, Fire occurrence, encroachment of Forests lands, illicit transportation of sand, poaching of wild animals etc., To protect the sand and to protect the Sandal wood trees, Red Sander trees and scheduled timbers from destruction many preventive measures have been under taken.  In order to protect the Forest wealth the Protection and Vigilance Wing has been formed under the control of Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.

The Protection and Vigilance wing reports directly to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and is eye and hear of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.

The structure of Protection, Vigilance and Forest Wildlife Crime Bureau is as below:

 

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests

Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests 

(Protection, Vigilance and Forest Wildlife Crime Bureau)

1.    Assistant Conservator of Forests (Forest Intelligence) - 1

(Head Quarters, Chennai)

 2.    Foresters   (Head Quarters, Chennai)  – 2

  ↓ 

S.No.

Name of Forest Station Head Quarters Staff Strength
1. Chennai Chennai

Forest Range Officer - 1

Forester - 1 

Forest Guards - 6

2. Coimbatore Coimbatore

Forest Range Officer - 1

Forester - 1

Forest Guards - 6

 3.  Trichy Trichy

Forest Range Officer - 1

Forester - 1

Forest Guards - 6

4. Dharmapuri Dharmapuri

Forest Range Officer - 1

Forester - 1

Forest Guards - 6

5. Tirunelveli Tirunelveli

Forest Range Officer - 1

Forester - 1

Forest Guards - 6

6. Vellore Vellore

Forest Range Officer - 1

Forester - 1

Forest Guards - 6

7. Madurai Madurai

Forest Range Officer - 1

Forester - 1

Forest Guards - 6

8. Ramnad Ramnad

Forest Range Officer - 1

Forester - 1

Forest Guards - 6

 

Objectives 

  • To develop surveillance system
  • To co-ordinate for better inter-departmental support in relation to intelligence gathering and operationalization of specific target
  • To inquire into allegations
  • To strengthen Forest and Wildlife protection

 

Forest Protection Squads

1

Chennai

8

Villupuram

2

Vellore

9

Trichy

3

Dharmapuri

10

Dindigul

4

Salem

11

Madurai

5

Erode

12

Virudhunagar

6

Coimbatore

13

Tirunelveli

7

Thanjavur

14

Pollachi

Striking Force

  • Pitharkadu
  • Cherambadi
  • Gudalur
  • Udhagamandalam
  • Coonoor

Forest Check Posts

Sl. No. Place / Division No. of Forest Check Posts
1 Madurai 1
2 Theni 5
3 Trichy 2
4 Nagapattinam 1
5 Salem 6
6 Tirunelveli 14
7 Field Director, Tirunelveli 3
8 Erode 11
9 Vellore 9
10 Tiruvannamalai 1
11 Dharmapuri 3
12 Hosur 9
13 Pollachi 9
14 Mudumalai 4
15 Villupuram 4
16 Dindigul 7
17 Coimbatore 8
18 The Nilgiris 5
19 Gudalur 8
20 Virudhunagar 2
  Total 112

Roving Check Posts

1. Salem Mettur
2. Erode a) Pallipalayam
b) Kumarapalayam
c) Dharapuram
3. Vellore a) Tiruvannamalai
b) Chengam
4. Trichy Karur
5. Coimbatore a) Madathukulam
b) Coimbatore
6. Dharmapuri a) Harur
b) Hosur

Details of arms and ammunitions

Forest department has taken effective measures to prevent valuable forest wealth like sandal and other tree species, wildlife and wildlife articles like elephant tusk from smuggling and to protect forests by tackling the armed smugglers.  Details of arms available for forest protection as on 31.03.2015 are as follows:

S. No. Type of arms Nos. available
1 .410 149
2 .12 Bore DBBL 245
3 .315 Rifle 143
4 7.612 Bolt Action Rifle 500
5 Glock 17 Pistol 186
6 Revolver 24
7 .303 10
8 .32 22
9 9MM Glock Pistol 12
10 MCV 90 Banets 1
11 SBBL 20
12 Air Gun 1
  Total 1313

Purchase of 30 Nos. of 12 Bore Pump action Gun and 22 Nos. of 22 Revolver under 13th Finance Commission have been made for the year 2014-15 for imparting weapon training to the field staff in Tamil Nadu Forest Academy, Coimbatore & Tamil Nadu Forest Training College, Vaigai Dam for Forest & Wildlife protection.