J&K govt to take action against encroachers of forest land
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 18:53
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday said it would not tolerate encroachment of forest land and constituted a committee to check the menace.

"The department will take stern action against those involved in encroachments in J&K. We should focus on removal of encroachments from forest lands for maintaining ecological balance," Minister for Forests and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmad said while reviewing the functioning of the forest department of Jammu division here.

He asked officers to judiciously utilise funds provided under Compensatory Afforestation Planning Authority (CAMPA) and directed them to complete the projects in time.

After discussions on effective monitoring of forests, Ahmad decided to constitute a committee comprising forest officials, eminent persons and locals to ensure better afforestation drives and checking of encroachment.

Regarding targets achieved during the current financial year, the Minister was informed that 293,986 cubic feet of timber was distributed during 2009-10 while 186,318 supplied during the current year up to November 2010 through various timber sale depots in the division.

The meeting was also informed that 31.63 lakh saplings were planted during 2009-10 under National Afforestation Programme and 3.286 lakh saplings have been planted under CAMPA covering an area of 1296 hectares.


First Published: Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 18:53

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