Support of people ensured curbing timber smuggling: Mian Altaf
SRINAGAR – Minister for Forest Environment and Ecology, Mian Altaf Ahmad has urged Gujjar and Bakerwal community to continue strive for achieving their legal rights. He said government takes keen interest in resolving their problems has already initiated measures for the development of these people living in remote areas of the State.
The Minister was addressing a large public meeting here at Zampathri Shopian, 70 Kms from Srinagar in South Kashmir today.
Mr. Altaf said that Shopian and its adjacent areas would get maximum benefits from the construction of prestigious Mughal Road by way of tourist activities in the area. He said tourists would take great interest in Mughal Road expedition as they are taking in Pahalgam and Gulmarg tourists spots being one to its topography and scenic nature.
Reiterating to governments commitment to ensure complete protection of forests, the Minister said that by the large efforts of forest department and the sincere support of people, the timber smuggling has been completely curbed in the twin districts of Pulwama and Shopian, adding that it is the good omen for conserving the nature resources of the area.
The Minister said that for the first time 10600 cft timber has been distributed among the needy consumers of the area under Kashmir Notice Scheme besides, 1.20 lakh cft of timber provided to the consumers of the area through Forest Sales Depots. He said distribution of timber would be further streamlined and quota of timber would be enhanced for every district.
Referring to the overall development of the state, the Minister said that the Government has taken efforts in resolving basic issues of the people, however to resolve the unemployment problem among youth is priority of the Government.
Mr. Altaf while referring to the power problem in the Keller area said that the solar lights shall be provided in the far flung areas like Keller apart from streamlining the power supply in the area.
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