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KATHUA:  Deputy Commissioner Kathua, Ajay Singh Jamwal chaired a meeting of officers to discuss “Clean and Green Mission” under Swach Bharat Mission to be kick started on 28th July 2015 in the district. ADDC Kathua, S. Manmohan Singh, ACD Kathua, DPO, CMO, DEPO, DFO, XEN REW, Scientist (PCB) and other district and Sectoral officers attended the meeting.

DC informed that the object of organizing clean and green mission is to make the rural areas pollution free with emphasis on making panchayats polythene free and open defecation free. He said that green environment shall be taken as mission mode to bring behavioral improvement through sensitization.

Under the plan a Green Walk will be held at district headquarter and block level to educate and sensitize people about the mission. Communication to all stakeholders will be ensured through traditional Drum Beating and pasting of notices to highlight programme and schedule.

Debates and Symposium on Clean and Green Mission will be organized by Chief Education Officer Kathua at all educational institutes besides reading pledge/ oath in morning assemblies.  It was also informed that all panchayat level, all panchayat ghars, schools, government buildings including sanitary complexes will be cleaned before 28th July 2015.  Clean & Green Mission (CGM) committees will educate the communities to adopt the best methods and practices to make their mohallas/ villages/panchayats/ block/district clean and green.

Initiatives like green activities /afforestation will be taken up by forest, Horticulture, Agriculture, Soil Conservation, Sericulture and Floriculture and Rural Development departments during the week long activities. The extensive plantation drive in all schools, government offices, panchayat ghars and other government land will also be held under the mission.

DC laid stress for taking the mission to every government office so that cleanliness and hygiene of the work place can be ensured. He impressed upon the officers to ensure upkeep and cleanliness in the office premises including toilets, stairs, lift, parking lots, and pathways. Activities like weeding out of old files, records and disposal of unusable vehicles, furniture, electronics and electrical equipments shall also be taken under the drive.



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JAMMU: After receiving specific information regarding illegal trading of Minor Forest produce, a team of Forest Officials headed by Varinder Singh Range Officer, Jammu, Kailash Choudhary, Block Officer Paloura and Forest staff under  the direct supervision of Dr. V.S. Senthil Kumar Divisional Forest Officer Jammu had conducted  a raid in the premises of M/S Ved Parkash and Brothers (Amit Trading) located at Kanak Mandi Jammu.

During the raid huge quantity of Forest Produce were seized namely Nag Chatri (Trillium govanianum) 6 kg, Guchi (Morchella esculenta) 13 kg, Banfasha (Viola odorata) 311 kg, Kaker Singhi 4.63 kg and other forest produces 12.17 kg. As per DFO Jammu this is for the first time that Forest Department had conducted a search operation in the shop located in Kanak Mandi. It is a major deterrent to the traders who are involved in illegally trading of Forest Produce. He appealed the traders in General to refrain from illegal trading of Forest Produce.

The operation was successful where a total of 346 kg of MFP has been seized by the Forest Staff. The Estimated value of the seized forest produce is approximately Rs. 6 lakh. He also mentioned that case has been registered for violation of Section 6, 15, 16, 36A and 39 of J&K Forest Act.

The range officer Jammu is entrusted for further investigation of this case. The case has been submitted to the Authorized Officer (DFO Jammu) under section 26 of the J&K Forest Act for initiating confiscation proceedings. The seized forest produce are mostly extracted illegally from forest areas of higher reaches of Chenab Valley and Rajouri Poonch areas. Most of them are being illegally transported to outside the State. B.M Sharma Conservator of Forest, East Circle, Jammu has appreciated the efforts made by the Forest team for successful seizure of Forest Produce.

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  • 66th Vanmahotsava held at SKUAST-J

JAMMU: Minister for Forest, Ecology & Environment and Social Welfare, Bali Bhagat on Tuesday underscored the need to minimize felling of forest trees and carrying out re-plantation/afforestation to compensate against diversion of forest land for development works. This was stated by the Minister after inaugurating the ‘plantation of sapling’ drive as part of the 66th Vanmahotsavain the premises of Sheri-e Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology (SKUAST-J) organized by Social Forestry Department Jammu here today.  

Principal Secretary Forest R. K. Gupta, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest A. K. Singh, Director Social Forestry Arun Kumar, Vice Chancellor SKUAST Jammu Dr. Pradeep K. Sharma, Regional Director Social Forestry Smt. Roop Avtar Kour, Director  Environment Suresh Chugh, Chief Wild Life Warden Roshan Lal Jaggi, Director Soil Conservator Ravi Kumar Kesar, DFO Social Forestry Som Dutt Khajuria, besides Senior officers of Forest, Social Forestry and SKUAST were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Bali Bhagat said that arresting environmental degradation together with minimum disturbance to the forest ecology must remain in focus while planning any developmental project in the State.

Stressing on people participation in maintaining ecological balance, Bali Bhagat directed the forest department to undertake reforestation drives on denuded forest land in other part of the State also. “There is urgent need to make people aware about the significance of forests and protecting rich biodiversity”, he stated. He also emphasized upon the social forestry department to undertake awareness campaigns about ecological conservation to save our treasures of nature for posterity.

The Minister lauded the role of the Social Forestry Department in taking up plantations and emphasized that forestry sector is under tremendous pressure due to increasing population and especially in rural areas in respect of fodder, fuel wood and timber. He asked the officers of different wings of the department to work in coordination so that the benefits of different schemes of the Government reach to the local people. He reminded the Social Forestry Department of its responsibilities in increasing the green cover and meeting the genuine requirements of the people especially in rural areas.

The Minister was informed that during the monsoon season the department of Social Forestry shall cover an area of 486.67 ha and plant 4.964 lakh trees. In addition, under Farm Forestry as many as 3 lakh plants shall be distributed to farmers/locals/NGOs/Institutions etc and distribution is under progress.

Earlier, the Minister also planted various medicinal plants in the premises of SKUAST Jammu. Later, Bali Bhagat also distributed mementos and certificates amongst students who participated in a painting competition organized as part of the programme.  Children from SOS, HG School Jammu and NGO Sewa Bharti presented cultural programme and play on the occasion.