Bali calls for concerted efforts to retrieve encroached forest land

Drive to be launched against timber smugglers

SRINAGAR, MAY 6 – Renewing Government’s resolve to ensure zero encroachment of forest land in the State, Minister for Forest, Ecology & Environment, Bali Bhagat has called upon the officers to step up efforts to retrieve the encroached land.

While reviewing the functioning of the Forest Department at a meeting held here today under his chairmanship, the Minister stressed the need for a well-knit strategy to retrieve the land and to accomplish the targets in a time-bound manner. He called for division-wise categorization of areas for executing the operations under the supervision of senior officers and asked the officers that the vacated land must be demarcated and fenced properly to minimize the chances of future encroachment of forest wealth.

Mr. Padder stressed the need for further streamlining the process of timber sale so that the needy get the timber without any difficulty. He also called for coordinated approach between different wings of the Department to achieve the common goals.

Earlier, Chief Conservator of Forest, Kashmir, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Darzi gave a power point presentation on the activities of the Forest Department in Kashmir Division and steps taken to further improve its functioning.

Principal Secretary Forest, Mr. R.K. Gupta, Principal Chief Conservative of Forest, Mr. A.K. Singh, Chairman, J&K Pollution Control Board, Mr. Abdul Razzak, Chief Wildlife Warden, Mr. Deepak Khanna, Director, SFRI, Mr. U. Pachnanda, Director State Forest Protection Force, Mr. Suresh Gupta, Managing Director SFC, Mr. Arun Tikoo, Director Soil Conservation, Mr. Ravi Kesar and other senior officers of the Forest Department were also present in the meeting.

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