Case Study:ACHINTYA KUMAR SINHA
Belonging to Tripura, Achintya has a long list of accomplishments in the eld of sustainable natural resource management where he has intensively worked with rural communities in creating livelihood opportunities. His biggest contribution to Tripura, its local communities and forests has been the initiation of the 1st Joint Forest Management (JFM) of Tripura. Achitya graduated in Physics from Calcutta University in 1970 and he was also an associate of Indian Forest College (AIFC), Dehradun in the year 1975.
Achintya started o his career with a humble beginning as a Forest Administrator in the divisional level (Tripura) in 1985. After which he proceeded to be the Manager at divisional level under the Andaman and Nicobar Forest Plantation Development Corporation Ltd for logging and management of the timber depot. He was also involved in the management and marketing of natural forests and oil plantations within the islands as well as also foreseeing the extraction of crude oil and its sale. In 1991, Achintya became the Divisional Forest Ocer (DFO) of Tripura after which he proceeded to become the Deputy Conservator of Forests – Planning and Development (Tripura) in 1994. Achintya then took up the role of Deputy Forest Ocer (DFO) under the Training Division (Tripura) in 1998. Later in the year 2001, he took up the responsibility of Deputy Conservator of Forests Headquarters (Tripura).Achintya then also proceeded to become the Conservator of Forests Headquarters (Tripura) and Conservator of Forests – Working Plan, Research and Training (Tripura), both in 2002. He then became the Conservator of Forests – Wildlife (Tripura) in 2003, after which he became the Conservator of Forests – Northern Circle (Tripura) in 2004. He was then appointed as the ACHINTYA KUMAR SINHA Recipient of Annual Balipara Foundation Awards, 2015 - Tripura Director of Biotechnology by the Government of Tripura in 2005, and then as the Managing Director of Tripura Rehabilitation Plantation Corporation Ltd (Tripura)dealing with rubber plantation-based economic rehabilitation of marginalized tribal households in 2006 and the Managing Director of Forest Development and Plantation Corporation Ltd (Tripura) dealing with commercial management of rubber plantations, processing and sale of raw rubber, manufacture of high-end furniture and furnishing with treated rubber, wood and bamboo as well as the management of rubber-based economic rehabilitation of weaker sections of rural households between 2008 and 2009. Achintya also initiated and was part of multiple studies related to aorestation, livelihood and plantations, some of which included a ‘Study on the National Aorestation Programme in Tripura’ – 2001-02 and 2010-11, ‘Assessment of the possible impact of Forest rights act on the National Aorestation Program in Tripura’ – 2012, ‘Study on Harvesting, Processing and Marketing of Selected Non-Timber Forest Products in Tripura’ – 2013 and the ‘Inventorisation of Assets created under Entry Point Activities in National Aorestation Programme and Study of their Impact on livelihood of people in five selected FDAs in Tripura’ in 2014. Besides which he was also part of the peer reviewed reports on FSC Evaluation of Bhamragarh Forest Division, Maharashtra (2012) and Uttar Pradesh Forest Corporation (2015). Achintya was also the Subject Expert for ‘Facilitation for Rubber Wood Certication for TFDPC Ltd at the Indian Institute of Forest Management (Bhopal) team in 2012. He was also the Senior Consultant of National Council of Applied Economic Research (New Delhi) for a project on the Assessment study of green jobs potential in India at National Level in 2013.
Achintya played a major role in the rehabilitation of around 50 shifting cultivation-based families belonging to the Raeng tribe (Tripura) in 1981. He also set up the Forest Training School in Tripura that extended skill development and capacity building programs for rural
youths. The training program included cultivation, management and utilization of bamboo for farm forestry. He also organized nature conservation awareness programs for the rural youth, through the school. He also helped create the Tripura Biotechnology Council in Tripura. Achnitya was also involved in capacity building for improved livelihood of tribal households.
Achintya promoted bamboo-based panels and engineering products in collaboration with Bamboo Engineering and Research Centre (BERC), Tripura Forest Development and Plantation Corporation Limited (TFDPC), Nanjing Forestry University (China) and Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC-Guwahati). Ecological Impact: Achintya has been involved in development of avenue plantations of Michelia champacain Atharamura Hill Section (Tripura). Achintya also promoted and launched North-east India’s 1st Joint Forest Management (JFM), a kind of participatory forestry in Meleghar. It was also only the 8th JFM from India.