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Altaf for holistic development of forest wealth

india Updated: Nov 05, 2013 18:02 IST
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Underscoring the need for close monitoring of on-going developmental projects taken up for holistic development and protection of state's rich forests, its fauna and flora, the minister for forests, ecology and environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad, on Tuesday stressed upon officers to monitor the projects through frequent field visits.

Chairing a high-level review meeting on Tuesday, the forest minister directed officers to submit utilisation certificates in time for release of next instalments of the funds especially under CAMPA and 13th Finance commission. "This will ensure timely completion of the projects, besides carrying out other forest developmental activities in both the divisions of the state,"he added.

Altaf underlined the need for achieving 100% targets under the plantation drive, especially on degraded and vacant forest land with priority given to winter zone in the state.

The minister issued strict instructions to the officials to dispose of seized timber among genuine customers. "The fixed targets for extraction and distribution of timber to customers in both the divisions should be ensured well in time,"he said, adding negligence in this regard would be viewed seriously.

He instructed the officials to project enhancement in compensation amount for the man-animal conflict victims in the revised budget allocation, so that the required funds were made available.

"Physical and financial achievements registered under different plans for forest development should be uploaded on the website of the planning department before 10th of this month and submission of utilization certificates of each project by all wings be ensured before 25th of this month,"the minister said. He also directed the heads of various wings for timely submission of next fiscal plan.