Mehbooba hands over engagement orders to 534 forestry graduates


Asks them to work dedicatedly for forest protection, also launches PCB’s online monitoring system

Quoting the famous verse—Ann Poshi Teli Yeli Wann Poshi of sufi Saint Hazrat Sheikh Noor ud Din Wali (R.A.), Mehbooba Mufti underscored the need for protecting plant life for the well being of human race. She praised the Forest Department for planting a sizeable chunk of fruit trees in the forest areas to avoid wild animals move out in search of food, thus minimizing the chances of man-Animal conflict.

The Chief Minister, on the occasion, also launched the online consent management and monitoring system of the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB). This would enable issuance of online permission certificates in favour of intending unit holders without them having to visit the offices.

In his speech, Minister for Forests, Ecology & Environment, Choudhary Lal Singh outlined the steps taken by his Department for streamlining its activities. He said timber distribution has been streamlined to weed out chances of corruption and influence.  He said plantation drives have been undertaken at many vacant spaces which is expected to improve the green cover in the State.

Minister of State for Forests, Mir Zahoor Ahmad also addressed the gathering.

Legislators, Noor Muhammad Sheikh and Anjum Fazili; Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Ravi Kesar; Chairman, State Pollution Control Board, Siddharth Kumar; senior officers of Forest Department; newly appointed ReJs, students and  scholars of Forestry were present on the occasion.

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