The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Hindi: प्रधान मुख्य वन संरक्षक) is an officer belonging to the elite Indian Forest Service (IFS). He is responsible for managing the Forests, Environment and Wild-Life related issues of a state of India. It is the highest post of an officer of the Indian Forest Service in a State. The Principal Chief Conservator of Forest is equivalent to the Chief Secretary of a state or a Secretary to the Union Government, senior Indian Administrative Service (I.A.S) officers. At times the states may have more than one posts of PCCF and in that case one of them is designated as the Head of Forestry Force (HOFF). HOFF is in the pay scale of Rs. 80000 fix. HOFF/PCCF is supported by APCCFs, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), Conservator of Forests (CFs) and field level functionaries, such as DFOs and Range Forest officers (RFOs)in his work. He is the counterpart of the Principal Secretary of Forest of a state.
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