SRINAGAR: Day after being caught in a controversy over his alleged remarks on Jammu Muslims, Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Choudhary Lal Singh played Muslim card today by directing the officials of State Forest Corporation (SFC) to enhance quota of firewood for Masjids across the Kashmir region.
While inspecting the State Forest Corporation depot at Shalteng here, Lal Singh said that firewood should be readily available for the religious places for use during winter season. He directed the concerned officials to put in place proper arrangements for the purpose.
He said that proper stock of firewood should be kept available for the people during the peak winter months so that they don’t have to face any inconvenience.
On the occasion, the Minister directed Forest officials to make the auction, sales and purchase process of firewood hassle-free. He also said that people should come forward with their demands pertaining to their needs with the department.
“Our first priority should be to reach out to the needy people not greedy ones,” he said.
While taking stock of the timber depot at Shalteng, the Forest Minister directed officials to create a state-of- the-art timber depot so that people could avail all the facilities here.
During his visit, the Minister sough cooperation of people for rendering of better services by the department.
“We should make sure that the SFC must get its life back,” Singh told officials while taking a review of the SFC depot, Shalteng.
“SFC is meant to give boost to the whole forest department with innovative measures,” he said.
Inspecting the State Forest Corporation depots, Shalteng, Singh said that revamping of the corporation was “highest priority” for him. He said this would not only add to the overall functioning of the forest department but it would generate huge profit for the government.
The Minister directed officials to make the auction of timber for people four times in a month so that they do not face any inconvenience in getting timber.