Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Shri Dille Singh Ghale : the first Forest Manager of the Himalayan Kingdom of Sikkim



To Shri Dille Singh Ghale goes the credit of being the first Forest Manager of the Himalayan Kingdom of Sikkim in 1905 and such was his dedication towards his duty that he did not even let off his wife for not following Forest Rules. His wife had illegally brought head load of firewood from the forest area illegally for which Dille Singh Ghale imposed a fine of five rupees on her. Despite intervention of Durbar, his wife was not able to seek any help and eventually she paid off the fine. The incident shows how firm and sincere he was towards his duty.
 It was under his direction; classification and demarcation of forest land into three categories of Reserve Forest, Khasmal and Gorucharan were done and notified during 1908 to 1912. The basis of scientific forest management was thus initiated by him. He is also the person behind the publication of first Forest Manual in 1914.  In regard to his contribution he can eventually called the “Founder father of this prestigious organisation”. 
Information collected from PANDA news letter on environment, forest and wildlife