PCCF reviews FRA implementation in 3 districts

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, July 21: Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, J&K Dr. Mohit Gera, today held a review meeting at Rajouri to discuss the progress made in the implementation of Forest Right Act in Rajouri, Reasi and Poonch districts.
Conservator of Forests West Circle Rajouri B Mohandaas made a presentation on district wise progress made so far including forest dwellers claims received, status of field verification done so far and claims processed by Gram Sabhas.
While appreciating the progress made, PCCF impressed upon that the process of field verification of claims needs to be further accelerated so that the claims verified by Forest Right Committees can be forwarded to Gram Sabhas for holding the meeting as per Forest Right Act, 2006 and forward the resolution alongwith claims to SDLC.
During the meeting, representatives of five Forest Right Committees across Rajouri district also participated alongwith officers of Forest Department.
The PCCF and CCF Jammu patiently listened the queries raised by them and DFOs clarified all doubts of Forest Right Committees members and ensured full support so that genuine forest dwellers get the claims and benefits provided under the FRA.
The meeting was also attended by Dr. Arshdeep Singh DFO Rajouri, Jyotsana Sarkar DFO Reasi, Mohan Chowdhery DFO Poonch, Suresh Manda DFO Nowshera, Mohinder DFO Mahore, Pawan Parihar Addl. District development Commissioner Rajouri besided officers of tribal department.
Later, the PCCF, J&K also discussed in detail the implementation of FRA with Deputy Commissioner Rajouri Rajesh Sharvan who apprised him of readiness of District Administration to process, consider and decide the FRA claims.
The meeting also highlighted different schemes which can be planned and executed in Convergence with MNREGA. Forest Department also presented steps being taken for involvement of forest dwelling communities and other forest dwellers in their programs under CAMPA and Plan budget.