JAMMU: Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment Choudhary Lal Singh has directed the officers of Forest department to ensure regular patrolling of forests to avoid theft of timber, encroachment and fire. This was stated by the Minister while interacting with the officers of Forest Department, State Forest Corporation, Soil Conservation, Wild Life, Pollution Control Board and Forest Protection Force during his inspection tour of Nurseries, Divisional Forest Officers offices of Kathua district, here today.
Minister directed the officers of forest and its allied departments to work with utmost, dedication and honesty so that the protection of the green wealth is ensured. He also directed for proper dress code of the rangers and guards of the department during duty hours. He asked for proper display of forest data and various products of the department for the knowledge of general masses.
Choudhary Lal Singh asked the officers to launch plantation drive for ornamental and medicinal plants alongside the roads of hilly areas with the active support of local people and other stakeholders under Public Private Partnership. He said plantation drive would be a regular feature and the department has already identified the worst affected areas. He said Government has chalked out a comprehensive plan to rejuvenate the degraded forests across the state.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, A K Singh, Chairman Pollution Control Board Abdul Razaq Khan, Director Forest Protection Force Suresh Gupta, Chief Conservator of Forests Eco- Tourism A K Gupta, Director Environment O P Sharma, Chief Conservator of Forests, Jammu Roshan Jaggi, Chief Conservator of Forests, Kashmir Nissar Darzi, Managing Director State Forest Corporation, Arun Tickoo, Director Soil Conservation, J&K Ravi Kesar, Director Social Forestry, J&K Suresh Chugh,, Chief Wild Life Warden Deepak Khanna besides other senior officers of the Forest and its allied departments accompanied the Minister.
The Minister has asked the officers for digging of hand-pumps and constructing ponds for proper irrigation in nurseries and forests.
Choudhary Lal Singh said that environment and climate change were among the biggest challenges concerning the world and efforts are being made to effectively deal with this hazard.