Advisor Kumar stresses on conservation of Mansar, Surinsar lakes

Advisor K Vijay Kumar chairing a meeting on Tuesday.
Advisor K Vijay Kumar chairing a meeting on Tuesday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 22: Advisor to Governor K Vijay Kumar today convened a meeting to take stock of measures being taken for preservation and conservation of Mansar, Surinsar lakes.
Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport Departments Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, Commissioner Secretary Forests Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Secretary Tourism Rigzin Samphel, Principal Chief Conservator Forests Suresh Chugh, Chairmen Pollution Control Board Ravi Kumar Kesar, Chief Wildlife Warden Suresh Kumar and other concerned were present in the meeting.
With regard to the department’s plan to safeguard the Mansar and Surinsar Lakes, the meeting had detailed discussion on all the aspects of its conservation and management.
Dr. Samoon apprised the Advisor that measures are being taken for the conservation and protection of the water body as well as the fauna in it. He also said that there is a need to take measures to improve the dissolved oxygen level of the water body.
The Advisor asked the concerned officers to take measures to maintain the glory of the water bodies, besides taking required measures to maintain the ecology and environment safe for all animal species dependent on these water bodies.
He directed the Wildlife Protection Department for taking concrete measures to conserve and protect turtles that are found in Mansar Lake.
He also stressed on maintaining water quality of Mansar, Surinsar lakes. He called for measures to have an effective sewerage treatment plant in place to stop the inflow of polluted water in the water body.
The officers of State Pollution Control Board were asked to take necessary steps and enforce a strict ban on the use of polythene at the tourist spot.
The Advisor asked Forest, SMDA and Tourism Department to collectively work towards ensuring clean and green environment at the tourist spot and to promote eco-tourism activities in the area.
He also emphasized for conducting regular water quality tests and keeping a check on pollution creating sources, besides conducting public awareness camps regarding the preservation of natural resources.
Meanwhile, Vijay Kumar convened a meeting to review modalities for rationalization and restructuring of various wings of Forest Department aimed to further strengthen and improve further overall functioning of the Department and its allied wings.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Forests Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Chairmen Pollution Control Board Ravi Kumar Kesar, Chief Conservator of Forest P K Singh, Chief Wildlife Warden Suresh Kumar, Managing Director State Forest Corporation Vasu Yadav, Director SFRI O P Sharma, Director Social Forestry  Neelu Geera, Director Forest Protection Force Asaf Mahmood, Director Finance Forest Department R.S Bali, Special Secretary Technical in Forest Department Ramesh Kumar and other concerned.
The meeting discussed rationalization and restructuring of various wings of the Forest Environment & Ecology Department including Forest Department Territorial, Wildlife Protection Department, Soil & Water Conservation, Social Forestry Department and Forest Protection Force Department.
During the meeting, detailed discussions were held on proper utilization of human resources and career progression, pyramid re-structuring, stagnations, service under one-umbrella, attraction for newcomers and other related issues.
On the occasion, the Advisor stressed for effective utilization of the available human resource to achieve positive results. He also laid stress on capacity building of the employees for making the department more vibrant in its functioning.
Seeking suggestions from officers for better functioning of the Department, the Advisor was apprised about the various initiatives being taken by the Department towards the conservation and protection of the forests and wildlife of the State.