STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Dr Mohit Gera, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest J&K on Wednesday reviewed the progress of various schemes of Forest Department in Jammu province. He also reviewed progress on the compliance of the directions of Advisor (K) issued in the review meeting on July 16, 2019 in Van Bhawan Jammu. The meeting was attended by Sameer Bharti, Chief Conservator of Forests Jammu, Samuel Changkija, IFS Conservator of Forest East Circle, B Mohan Dass, Conservator of Forest West Circle, Sat Paul, IFS 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 said. On the issue of encroachments, the PCCF directed that a Standard Operating Procedure needs to be evolved to deal with the specific issues. He further directed that the encroachment cases should be classified into separate categories viz. easy, difficult and very difficult. Also, the demarcation and digitization should be completed in four years. In this regard directions were issued to the DFO territorial for expediting of digitization of forest records with the help of P.I. Division and Demarcation Division. 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. The Chief Conservator Forest, Jammu, informed that nearly 16 lakh plants have already been planted under Green J&K drive which has by far exceeded the set target of nine lakh.
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