8 crore saplings to be planted under campaign in state
Review of forest department activities
Bhopal, January 20, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan): Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to observe Hariyali Mahotsav as a mass campaign. This time, about 8 crore saplings will be planted under the campaign in the state. The Chief Minister was reviewing activities of Forest Department here today. Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar and Chief Secretary Mr. Anthony de Sa were also present on the occasion. The Chief Minister said that under Hariyali Mahotsav, saplings should be planted on sides of roads, canals, lakes and farms. Participation of Gram Panchayats and urban bodies in this work should be ensured. He directed for mapping of green forest areas of the state and avail benefit of carbon credits. Ensure strict action in cases of illegal cutting of trees.
The Chief Minister directed to make available bamboos to bamboo craftspersons as per their requirements. Provide employment opportunities through bamboo products manufacturing. Ensure arrangements to market bamboos grown by farmers. Accordingly, Forest Department will purchase bamboos from farmers and provide them to craftspersons. Farmers should be imparted training to produce good quality bamboos. The Chief Minister lauded Forest Department’s efforts for wildlife translocation.
He said that a strategy should be chalked out to attract more tourists by further developing National Parks. A consensus arrived at the meeting on changing the name of Neel Gai to Rojada in list of wildlife. The Chief Minister directed that forest rights letters should be provided occupants of forest land till year 2006 and prevent new encroachments on forest land. Process should be undertaken to solve border dispute between Forest and Revenue departments. Forest Minister Dr. Shejwar said that more saplings of near-extinct species should be planted this year. Public services extended by the department are being simplified. The meeting was informed that a proposal to set up Forest Academy at Bhopal is being chalked out.
Convention of tendupatta collectors, bamboo producers and Joint Forest Management Committees will be held at Bhopal next month. Tendupatta collectors were provided bonus worth Rs. 152 crore 47 lakh during year 2015. Under wildlife translocation scheme, 7 swamp deer were moved to Van Vihar National Park and 22 to Satpura national park, 50 bison to Bandhavgarh National Park and 51 Cheetals (antelope) to Ralamandal, Ratapani sanctuary and Sanjay tiger reserve. For the first time, vulture census is being held in the state