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14,345 hectares forest land under encroachment in J-K: Govt

JAMMU: The State Government today said that 14,345 hectares of forest land has been encroached in the State.

Minister for Forest Choudhary Lal Singh today said the innovative measures initiated by the Government would take forest and its allied wings to new heights and it will also help in increasing forest cover and conserving the ecology of the State.

He said over 2801.23 hectares of forest land has been retrieved during nearly three years, he added.

Winding up the discussion in the Legislative Assembly on Demands for Grants of Forest Department, including Ecology, Environment and Pollution Control Board, the Minister said several measures have been taken to make functioning of the department accountable, transparent and result-oriented.  (AGENCIES)

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