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KULGAM:  Deputy commissioner Kulgam Dr Shamim Ahmad Wani today stressed for zero tolerance against timber smuggling and directed for formation of joint Revenue and Forest teams to remove encroachments from forest land. The DC said this while chairing a joint meeting of revenue and forest department at DC Office.  ADC, SDM Noorabad, CEO, DFO, and all Tehsildars and range officers were present on the occasion.

 

It was decided in the meeting that forest officers in consultation with Tehsildars will jointly identify suitable vacant patches of State land forafforestation and augmenting green cover in the district. Dr Shamim also directed that joint teams of revenue and forest officers/officials will remove encroachment on the spots already identified by the forest department. The meeting was informed that nearly 120 hectares of forest land has been encroached at different locations for which the meeting, after expressing concern, decided to bring such patches under already ongoing anti-encroachment drive.

 

It was decided that DFO Special Demarcation Division Srinagar will be approached to demarcate forest land at such places where disputes have arisen with regard to the title of land and DFO was directed to increase the ambit of awareness programs for sensitizing people in general and youngsters in particular regarding the prime importance of forest in maintaining ecological balance and conserving flora & fauna. Directions were passed to activate the field staff to ensure zero tolerance to timber smuggling.

Dr Wani directed Chief Education Officer to organize debates and seminars in all educational institutes to promote awareness about the importance of environment and ecology. He also highlighted the role of officers in conserving green gold and maintaining ecology.

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JAMMU: Eco Club of GCW, Parade Ground organized a “Compaign to Stop Polythene in college campus”. Eco- ambassadors of club did a exhaustive campaign in different  parts of college campus.  Posters and Placards with slogans were made by these volunteers to make this campaign more effective. Student volunteers visited all parts of college campus, apprising students about dangerous effects of polythene on all living organisms including human beings.

Eco-ambassadors also told these students to completely stop use of polythene in college and also in personal life. Principal of the college Prof. Hemla Aggrawal appreciated the students for their effort in spreading awareness. She further said that it should be our priority to make the college polythene free for which all students and staff have to work in co-ordination. The activity was organized by members of “Eco Club”  Dr Anju Koul , Dr Arti Sharma and Prof Upasna.

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SRINAGAR: In a bid to spread the message of cleaning water bodies, J&K State Sports Council on Thursday started an initiative to clean the water tracks of Dal Lake in Srinagar. The initiative was started today from Water Sports Centre Nehru park and covered almost 1 km water track of the Dal Lake. More than 300 players participated in the drive and pledged to devote every Saturday for the noble cause.

While appreciating the initiative, Secretary, J&K State Sports Council, Dr Naseem Javaid Chowdhary said, “this will be the continuous process and every Saturday our players will be covering more areas for cleaning this water body.” Water Sports Centre Nehru Park In charge Bilqees Mir said, “this is also a part of our training as no water activity could be done without preserving the water bodies.” On the occasion, several officials from J&K State Sports Council were also present.