Ad­vi­sor Ku­mar for fram­ing ef­fec­tive ac­tion plan to strengthen For­est Dept

The Northlines - - HILL DISTRICT - NL COR­RE­SPON­DENT JAMMU, DEC 07

Ad­vi­sor to Gov­er­nor, K Vi­jay Ku­mar to­day stressed on fram­ing an ef­fec­tive ac­tion plan fo­cus­ing on fur­ther strength­en­ing and im­prov­ing the over­all func­tion­ing of For­est depart­ment and its al­lied wings.

He was speak­ing at a spe­cially or­ga­nized in­ter­ac­tion ses­sion with for­est depart­ment func­tionar­ies here at Mansar,

The ses­sion was at­tended by Com­mis­sioner Sec­re­tary Forests Manoj Ku­mar Dwivedi, Di­rec­tor Soil & Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion P K Singh, Di­rec­tor Ecol­ogy, En­vi­ron­ment & Re­mote Sens­ing B Sid­hartha Ku­mar, Ad­di­tional PCF Sarvesh Rai, CCF Eco-tourism J Frankoi, Di­rec­tor Fi­nance Forests R S Bali, Re­gional Di­rec­tor PCB Shally Ran­jan, Re­gional Di­rec­tor So­cial Forestry Jammu M K Ku­mar, Con­ser­va­tor East B. Mo­han Dass, Con­ser­va­tor West Ji­ten­dra Ku­mar, Re­gional Wildlife War­den Tahir Shawl, DFO'S of Jammu Divi­sion and other of­fi­cers of the depart­ment.

The Ad­vi­sor said that the main ob­jec­tive of this ses­sion was to have one to one in­ter­ac­tion with the field func­tionar­ies, who are re­spon­si­ble for im­ple­ment­ing ev­ery plan on the ground and to lis­ten to the is­sues/prob­lems they are fac­ing so that the same are dis­cussed and re­dressed prop­erly.

The is­sues high­lighted by the of­fi­cials in­clud­ing short­age of staff, lack of lo­gis­tics sup­port for the field of­fi­cers/staff, is­sues re­lated to rev­enue depart­ment, ra­tio­nal­iza­tion of staff, over­lap­ping of func­tions, steps to re­move stag­na­tion, clear­ance of DPC cases, ser­vice re­lated is­sues and oth­ers were thor­oughly dis­cussed.

The par­tic­i­pants were also asked to pro­vide in­puts on how to ef­fec­tively uti­lize the avail­able hu­man re­source to achieve pos­i­tive re­sults. Stress was laid on ca­pac­ity build­ing of the em­ploy­ees and was de­cided that of­fi­cers and other staff must at­tend the pre­scribed train­ing pro­grammes to up­date their knowl­edge and skill.

Be­sides, spe­cial train­ing pro­grammes be­ing held out­side the state should also be at­tended by the of­fi­cers as per the rec­om­men­da­tions of their heads.

To fur­ther give push to the eco-tourism ac­tiv­i­ties in the state, CCF Eco-tourism was di­rected to con­duct visit to the state of Ut­trak­hand to study the model of EcoTourism there so that the best prac­tices can also be adopted here for its pro­mo­tion.

With re­gard to the depart­ment's plan to safe­guard the Mansar Lake, one of the largest fresh­wa­ter lake in the re­gion, the meet­ing had de­tailed dis­cus­sion on all the as­pects of its con­ser­va­tion and man­age­ment plan hav­ing fo­cused at­ten­tion on preser­va­tion of var­i­ous species of fish that are be­ing de­stroyed due to the pres­ence of Carp Fish in the wa­ter body and its preda­tory habits.

The Ad­vi­sor asked For­est, SMDA and Tourism Depart­ment to col­lec­tively work to­wards en­sur­ing clean and green en­vi­ron­ment at the tourist spot and to pro­mote ecotourism ac­tiv­i­ties in the area.

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