PCCF reviews functioning of Forest Department in Jammu province

PCCF Dr Mohit Gera being received by CCF Jammu and others.
PCCF Dr Mohit Gera being received by CCF Jammu and others.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 21: Dr Mohit Gera, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest J&K, today reviewed the progress of various schemes of Forest Department in Jammu province and also reviewed progress on the compliance of the directions of Advisor (K) issued last month.
The review meeting was attended by Sameer Bharti, Chief Conservator of Forests Jammu; Samuel Changkija, Conservator of Forest East Circle; B Mohan Dass, Conservator of Forest West Circle; Sat Paul, Conservator of Forest Chenab Circle, other senior Officers and DFOs of Jammu province.
During the meeting, Dr Gera directed the DFOs for carrying out regular monitoring and surprise checks of the plantations. He said that third party monitoring of CAMPA works will also be initiated very soon. DFOs should regularly tour their forest areas and the tour diaries of each month should be regularly submitted to higher authorities, he added.
On the issue of encroachments, PCCF directed that a Standard Operating Procedure needs to be evolved to deal with the specific issues. PCCF further directed that the encroachment cases should be classified into separate categories viz. easy, difficult and very difficult. Also, he added, the demarcation and digitization should be completed in 4 years. In this regard directions were issued to the DFO territorial for expediting of digitization of forest records with the help of PI Division and Demarcation Division.
During the meeting, CCF Jammu informed that all the Conservators of Jammu province have held coordination meetings with the other wings in order to have better coordination. CF East Circle informed that formats have been prepared for identifying the sensitive compartments and carry out the protection work while support of DFOs of sister wings is also being received.
PCCF also took stock of the ongoing training courses of Forest Guards at Training Schools Doomi and Miran Sahib and expressed satisfaction on the progress. At the end of the meeting, CCF Jammu informed the chair that nearly 16 lakh plants have already been planted under “Green J&K” drive which has by far exceeded the set target of 09 lakh.