Lal Singh pitches for protecting green wealth

RAJOURI: Making a strong pitch for  active public participation in preserving the green wealth  of the state the Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment, Choudhary Lal Singh  said that Government ‘s initiatives need to  be strengthened  by  involving all stakeholders.
The Minister said this while conducting an extensive tour of Akhnoor, Nowshera and Sunderbani today.
MLA Ravinder Raina besides senior officers of Forests and its allied departments accompanied the Minister during the visit.
The Minister  directed the  revenue and forest authorities   to ensure that forest land  is not  encroached upon and proper records are maintained to protect the forest cover in the area .He directed for  maintaining proper check to curb smuggling of timer and  other activities  which are adversely affecting the forests..
The Minister visited Nadpur, Nadyala, Bagla and other areas and inspected the nurseries of the Social Forestry, Soil and Water Conservation and Forests department at Bakhar. He also visited a Forest Closure at Doongi Agrathi in Rajouri Forest Division established under the Chief Ministers participatory Scheme.
The District Forest Officer Rajouri apprised him about the functioning of Rajouri Forest Division.
Choudhary Lal Singh exhorted upon the officers to make concerted efforts to preserve the green wealth of the state and ensure local people are actively involved in protection of Forests. He said that developmental activities should be planned in a manner that they donot affect the environment of the area.
Calling for mass awareness campaign to educate the people about the importance of environmental conservation and saving the natural resources, the Minister said that all stakeholders should be actively involved in this campaign. He called upon the NGOs, educational institutions, social and religious organizations to play their role in this noble cause and save the earth from further damage. He said, that adequate steps will be taken to promote eco-tourism in  Rajouri district.

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