Hyderabad: Minister for Forests, Environment, Law and Endowments Allola Indrakaran Reddy has inaugurated the two-day workshop of Forest Officers at Forest Academy, Dulapally on Friday.
“The support of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for the Forest Department is unprecedented. The officials should utilise the funds effectively in view of the recruitment of over 67 FROs, 90 section officers”NDRAKARAN REDDY, Forests Minister
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister expressed happiness at the extended monsoon rains that really helped in the establishment of plantations. He appreciated the tradition of holding such workshop once in six-months so that officers can discuss various issues and together come up with practical solutions. He mentioned that the support of Chief Minister K Chandrashekharf Rao for Forest Department is unprecedented.
The CM recently formed a five-Minister committee to look in to ways by which green cover/forest protection etc. in the state could be improved. The committee would be meeting very soon and chalk out a road map.
The Minister released the annual plan of operations for 2019-20 under CAMPA and said that approval is given for Rs 501 crore which is the largest in over the last ten years. He called up on the officers to utilise the fund effectively in view of the recent recruitment of over 67 Forest Range Officers, 90 section officers and 1,857 Beat Officers and with a total strength of nearly 7,000 manpower.
Budget for other important items of works would also be presented to Finance Department again, he said. He exhorted the officers to keep the goal as achieving 33% of green cover in the state. Responsibility of the forest officers is not only to raise good quality seedlings, but covers protection and survival of plants in an integrated manner. Three crores of Tall seedlings to be raised and plan for raising 100 crore seedlings for coming year.
The Minister emphasised that forest protection should receive highest attention. Additional resources like use of Drones, CC cameras, etc would be provided. Boundary trench work would be continued to permanently mark forest boundaries and more than 2000 vehicles are sanctioned for the department for effective protection. PD Act would be used wherever required to curb smuggling of forest produce. Special Chief Secretary Environment, Forest, Science & Technology Rajeshwar Tiwari highlighted that the government would provide all the support to the department.