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Comm Secy Forest conducts day-long tour of border areas of Rajouri district

RAJOURI, MARCH 03: The Commissioner Secretary, Forest, Ecology and Environment, Sanjeev Verma today conducted a day-long tour of border areas of Rajouri district and took stock of the progress on a number of developmental projects being executed there.

DDC Rajouri, Vikas Kundal; Regional Director SF, Mohinder Kumar; Regional Director Soil Conservator, Abhijeet Joshi; Conservator, Vivek Verma; DFO Rajouri, Arshdeep Singh; DFO Nowshera, Neelima Shah; DFO SF, Rakesh Saraf; ADC Nowshera, Sukhdev Singh Samyal; CPO, Mohammad Khurshid; Tehsildar Qila Darhal, Vijay Kumar and other District and sectoral officers have accompanied the Commissioner Secretary during his visit.

The works inspected by the Commissioner Secretary during his visit included 04 Km Kampla to Pukharni road, 10-meter span culvert at Haji Shabir Mohalla Laroka, staff quarter at Health and Wellness centre at Laroka and forest nurseries at Rajpur Kamila.

Stressing upon the officers to work with dedication and in a mission mode, The Commissioner Secretary asked them to ensure the time-bound completion of work on the developmental projects and maintain the quality while working on developmental projects.

Expressing the strong resolve of the Govt for the proper socio-economic development of the border belts of the district, Sanjeev Verma said that all required measures are in place to meet the developmental needs of the wellbeing of the people living on the border.

The Commissioner Secretary also paid a visit to the shrine of Veervadeshwar where he prayed for the peace, prosperity and development of the region. He also kick-started a plantation drive by planting a sapling of Bargat, Bel and Peepal at the shrine under Har Gaon Hariyali.

Speaking during the event, Sanjeev Verma said that the green drive initiative will increase the forest cover of the district and will also prove helpful in mitigating the ill effects of climate change and global warming.

Stressing on the need of realizing the importance of respecting and protecting our tree's wealth, Commissioner Secretary also appealed to the public to participate in the drive so that a good number of trees are planted to maintain the green environment in the entire district which is important for a healthy society and also to avoid diseases.

At Lam, the Commissioner Secretary interacted with the PRIs, Slef Help groups (SHGs) and Village Forest Committee (VFC).

The PRIs apprised the visiting officer about scores of issues and demands of their areas including better road connectivity, up-gradation of water and power infrastructure, meeting shortage of staff in education and health institutions etc.

Specific issues included forest issues, meagre funds under BADP, worn out water pipes, repairing of old hand pumps, exaggerated electricity bills, sanctioning of a JK Bank branch and an ATM, construction of a Ecotourism park at Qila Darhal, erection of a BSNL tower etc.

The Commissioner Secretary gave a patient hearing to all the issues and demands projected on the occasion and assured them that all their genuine concerns would be redressed on merit.

Regarding forest issues, he assured that appropriate measures would be taken to resolve the issues so that the progress on the developmental works don't suffer.

Underlining the role of the Forest Right Act in safeguarding the rights of the forest dwellers, he stated that the act not only confers rights over them but also makes them partners in the forest development process where the forest can't be conserved and developed without the community participation.

Stressing on the need for the conservation and preservation of water bodies, the Commissioner Secretary said that the Govt is making strenuous efforts in this regard and appealed to the public to ensure the judicious use of this invaluable gift of nature.

The visiting Officer also interacted with the Women Slef Help groups.

The Commissioner Secretary also called for generating mass awareness among the public about the role of SHGs and ensuring maximum coverage of the women under the scheme to make them self-reliant.

He also distributed solar lamps to households of VFC Androoth of Nowshera Forest Division under livelihood mission of the Green India Mission and plantation kits among VFC members of Darhal and Thanamandi under Har Gaon Hariyali besides he also planted a sapling of Jamoon there.