Start demarcation of forest land from April: Lal Singh to officers

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JAMMU: Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment, Choudhary Lal Singh Mondayordered for demarcation of forest land across the State under forest demarcation map.
It was stated by the Minister while addressing a large gathering of frontline forest staff of Jammu province after inaugurating 5-day training programme on settlement of demarcation of Forest land at Soil Conservation Training Institute at Miran Sahib, here today.
Member Legislative Assembly Gagan Bhagat, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Ravi Kesar, Chairman State Pollution Control Board B Siddhartha Kumar, Commissioner/Secretary Forests, Ecology and Environment Sourabh Bhagat Chief Conservator of Forests Farooq Gillani, Conservator East Circle Khawaja Qamar-ud-Din, Conservator West Circle T B Singh, Regional Director Social Forestry Roop Kour Avtar, Principal of the Institute Ashok Kalsi besides other senior officers of Forests and its allied wings were present on the occasion.
The Minister said there is no constraint of funds in demarcating the un-demarcated land of the forests across the State. He asked the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Ravi Kesar to immediately provide a translated copy of all 2161 demarcation files from Urdu to English and English to Urdu so that frontline forest staff could start the demarcation job from April 1, 2018.
The Minister directed the DFOs to personally monitor the fencing of forest land to check encroachment. He stressed the need to generate mass awareness regarding the measures for safeguarding the forest wealth, prevent illicit felling of trees and avoid spreading of denuded forests in the state.
Singh said that forests contribute in maintaining the climate and conserving bio-diversity thereby helping in maintaining the quality of life. He further focused on the department’s role to ensure that the government nurseries have wide variety of fruits and ornamental plants for people.