Every effort should be made to conserve forests prudently: Lal Singh

Hands over regularisation orders to 25 adhoc employees of PCB

JAMMU: Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment, Choudhary Lal Singh, on Monday said that forest department and pollution control board have to work in direct coordination to preserve the environment and health of the people, and urged the employees of these departments to put in sincere efforts to obtain this objective.
The Minister was speaking at a function organized by State Pollution Control Board wherein he handed over twenty-five regularization orders to adhoc employees of the department and seventeen promotion orders to Forest Protection Force employees under government norms
The Minister asked them to work with honesty and maintain punctuality. He said the government is committed to provide people-friendly administration so that people can easily approach government offices for redressal of their genuine issues.
“Forest and SPCB wings are essential for soil conservation, water security and for meeting the needs of local population in terms of timber, firewood, fodder and other forest produce,” he said.
The Minister issued directions to officers to make every effort to conserve and manage the forests prudently.
He stressed on taking requisite measures to streamline the functioning of SPCB adding that laboratory infrastructure needs to be strengthen for achieving tangible results in a time bound manner.
For providing healthy environ to the people, the Minister directed officials to conduct regular raids and make sure that use of polythene and plastic products is done away with. He asked SPCB to issue warning to the shopkeepers and asked them to desist from the use of polythene bags that have been banned under J and K non-biodegradable Act, 2007.
“The new guidelines and regulations would facilitate proper recycling of plastic waste and reducing its impact on the ecology. He asked the PCB to pay frequent visits in the markets and asked the manufacturers of polythene bags to print name and address on the bags that are required under guidelines of government, failing which strict action as per the law will be taken against them,” he said.
The Minister said these measures are being taken to curb the still prevalent use of polythene bags that pose serious risk to environment and wildlife. He further said that directions have been passed to all allied departments for successful and strict implementation of government order. He asked the PCB to organize awareness camps and educate masses about ill effects of non-biodegradable products.