Preserve forests, tackle man animal conflict: PAC

JAMMU – The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly headed by its Chairman Mr. Rafi Ahmad Mir suggested formulating of comprehensive strategy as a long term measure for shifting of wild animal Monkey population from human population to avoid man animal conflict. The Committee directed the wildlife authorities to take immediate short term measures for shifting of Monkey population from Ahata Amar Singh Panjtherthi area so that the people living in these areas get relief.

The Committee, which met here today discussed and reviewed the overall functioning of the forest and its allied wings of the forest department besides CAG’s audit paras.

The Committee Members Mr. Vijay Bakaya, Mr. Sukhnandan Kumar, Mr. T. Namgial, Mr. Feroz Mansoor Hussain, Ms Indu Pawar, Mr. Nizamu-din Bhat and Mrs Bimla Luthra gave their valuable suggestions for preserve, conserve and protection of the forest green wealth.

The penal directed the forest authorities not to divert forest land without compensation of money. It asked them to ensure demarcation of forest land and gear up their field functionaries and identify the forest land for afforestration.

Replying the CAG’s quarries on various audit paras, the Commissioner/Secretary Forest Sheikh Eijaz Iqbal briefed the Committee that thrust is being laid on afforestation. He said 21,000 hectors of land for afforestation is fixed target for two years and hoped that the target will be achieve in full.  

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Vinod Ranjan also briefed the panel about over all working of the forest department and its allied wings besides CAG’s queries.

After threadbare discussion on various audit paras pertaining to forest and its allied wings and satisfied with the reply, the Committee dropped few paras.

Among others, Principal Accountant General, J&K AG Office Dr. S. C. Panday, Director General Accounts and Treasuries M. Ravinder Kumar Project Chief, Wullar Conservation Project M. Abdul Razak, Chief Wild Lime Warden M.A. K. Singh and other Heads of the Departments of various wings of the forest department besides senior officers of Assembly Secretariat attended the meeting. 

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