He also stressed the need for a coordinated approach to preserve the environmental aspects and promoting the forests with missionary spirit. He said forests are lifeline of Jammu and Kashmir and need of the hour is to protect them from degradation.
Director, SFRI, Mr. U. Pachnanda briefed the Minister about the functioning and activities being carried out by the Institute. He also apprised about the new research initiatives taken by the Institute.
Those present on the occasion included, Principal Secretary Forest, Mr. R.K. Gupta, Principal Chief Conservative of Forest, Mr. A.K. Singh, Chief Wildlife Warden, Mr. Deepak Khanna, Chairman, J&K Pollution Control Board, Mr. Abdul Razzak, Director, State Forest Protection Force, Mr. Suresh Gupta, Chief Conservator of Forest, Jammu, Mr. Asif M. Sagar and other senior officers of the Forest Department.