Dehradun: The prizes given to the officials of the Forest Department in Uttarakhand for outstanding services will now hold national importance as a draft for honouring the forest officials with medals on the lines of police is being prepared.

The officials of the forest department are provided trophies by the Governor or the Chief Minister at the state level for their outstanding performance in the fields of forest, wildlife and environment conservation.  But now the honour will be of national importance.

A meeting headed by Chief Forest Conservator, Dr RBS Rawat was held on Saturday in this regard.

According to Dr Rawat, the proposal will soon be sent to the government to facilitate the forest officials with medals like in the police service.