In 2012: FPF Seizes 32500 sft & 48 vehicles; Registers cases against 574 offenders

KL Report

Jammu

Minister for Forest, Ecology and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad has urged upon the officers of Forest Protection Force (FPF) to intensify round the clock vigilance of forests and ensure safety of green gold besides checking any move of forest land encroachment.

“Though timber smuggling activities have considerably been checked yet need is to remain more vigilant” said the minister, adding no let up should be given in protecting the forests.

The Minister was reviewing the measures taken by the department for protection of forests at an officers meeting.
Mian Altaf asked officers to make accountability more effective at all levels of the organization so that the purpose for which the department was created could be accrued in the best interest of the government as well as the people.

“Men and machinery are two important constituents of the activities of FPF” said the minister and instructed officers to speed up the filling process of vacant posts in order to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

Emphasizing on proper inter departmental coordination , Altaf asked officers to fight jointly against those who are indulging illegal practices of timber smuggling and forest land encroachment.

Giving details, the Director FPF said that 13 Gamma units are being set up in Kashmir division at a cost of Rs.2.70 crore out of which seven units have been completed while work is apace on five units.

In Jammu division, 8 such units have been completed and work on 2 units is in progress while Rs. 20 lakh are being spent on construction of GAMA unit at Reasi during current fiscal.

Altaf directed officers to transfer the land identified for setting up of gamma unit at Kishtwar so that work on the project is started early.

For construction of FPF headquarter at Srinagar for which 4 kanal land stands already acquired from SDA, Rs. 2 crore are being spent.

It was given out that during last year, the department seized 32500 sft timber along with 48 vehicles and 45 horses from smugglers and registered cases against 574 offenders. During this year, the department seized 4 vehicles with 2500 sft timber and has registered cases against offenders in this regard.

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