DRIVE AGAINST ILLEGAL SAW MILLS IN KATHUA
Continuing the drive against illegal Sawmills running in Kathua Forest Division without valid licence a team of Forest department consisting Sh. Vinay Khajuira, Range Officer, Kathua, Pankaj Khajuria, Block Officer, HQ, Kathua, Sh. Nitin Khajuria, Sh. Yash Paul, Fgd, Sh. Rakesh Sharma, Fgd, Sh. Johny Sharma, Fgd. and Sh. Deepak Sharma, Fgd. Sh Ajay Prashar Fgd. under the overall supervision of Sh. Vijay Kr. Verma, SFS, Divisional Forest Officer, Kathua made has initiated drive against the illegal sawmills functioning in the Kathua. During the surprise visit, it was observed that saw mills in owner M/s Sharma sawmills , Lakhanpur , M/S Tegbahadur bSawmills Hatli Morh, M/S Skylab sports, Hatli Morh were illegally functioning without licence and in gross violation of SRO 103 of 2012 Dated: 26/03/2012 owners of said saw mills have failed to produce legal documents. During the course of operation saw mills were dismantled the said saw mills machinery was seized and brought at Forest Complex, Kathua. The case has been registered u/s 6(J), and confiscation proceedings has been initiated under section 26 of J&K Forest Act 1987 (samvat) against the owners of saw mills who were running these saw mills illegally and also in gross violation of SRO 103 of 2012 Dated: 26/03/2012. DFO Kathua Vijay K.Verma SFS briefed that illegal activities shall not be tolerated at any cost by the Forest Department and action warranted under law shall be taken against the offenders in future.