Rajouri: Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, Rajesh Kumar Shavan today convened a joint meeting of the Revenue Officers and forest officers to take first hand appraisal of the working of the twin departments.
The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sher Singh; Additional Deputy Commissioner Sunderbani, Vinod Kumar; Additional Deputy Commissioner Kalakote, Krishan Lal; Additional Deputy Commissioner Kotranka, Surinder Mohan Sharma; ASP, Liaqat Choudhary, DFO, Rajouri, Arshdeep Singh, DFO Nowshera, Suresh Panda, DFO Social Forestry, Rakesh Saraf, Wildlife Warden, Mushtaq Choudhary and all the tehsildars .
During the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner reviewed the constitution of the Forest Rights Committees at Panchayat Level. He directed the District Panchayat Officer to republish the committees if there are adverse reports and seek the objection at the earliest, so that the confidence of the public is restored.
He also directed that ADC/ SDMs should monitor the constitution of Forest Rights committees in their respective jurisdiction.
The Deputy Commissioner also instructed Forest officers to carry out institutional plantation drive on the aw footing. They were also directed to devise a District specific app on the pattern of paredhar to resolve the grievances related to the forest issues.
The Deputy Commissioner also asked the Tehsildars and Revenue officers to remove illegal encroachments on the forest lands and submit weekly report to his office. The Tehsildars were asked to expunge the illegal entries on Forest land, state lands and shamlats in their respective jurisdiction.