Forest Department organises Environmental awareness programme at Larnoo, Anantnag


ANANTNAG : An Environmental awareness programme was today organised by the Forest Department at Guridraman, Higher Secondary School Larnoo in Daksum Forest Range, Anantnag Forest Division.

Irfan Ali Shah, Conservator of Forest South Circle was the chief guest on the occasion. DDC Chairperson and Chairman Gujjar & Bakerwal United Council were also present at the event.

Among others, Tribal community leaders, Panchayat Representatives, Sarpanches, Social Activists, Environmental activists, police personnel, educationists, students, media persons and representatives of various NGOs attended this mega Forest awareness event.

The Conservator of Forests in his address informed that the forest department has opened several Trek Routes in the Larnoo and Daksum area. He impressed upon students to connect to forests and environment and develop a sense of belonging towards them. He laid stress on generating local livelihoods so that local people get benefitted and develop a new connect with the forests.

Shah informed that the Department has opened up Forest Rest Houses for online booking and requested the school authorities to visit these offbeat destinations so that better appreciation of Forests and environment is there. He informed that the Government is committed to redressal of grievances of the local tribal community and the rights of bonafide beneficiaries shall be protected and all the concessions under the Forest Rights Act shall be given as per law.

The Conservator of Forests also stressed on career counseling for the students so that they can compete at national level and excel in life.

On the occasion, the DDC Chairperson appreciated the initiative of the Forest department in Brang Constituency.

Divisional Forest Officer Anantnag said that the Forest Department will be planting about 80000 plants in Larnoo and Bringi areas during the current financial year to bring more area under Forest cover in District Anantnag.

DFO Anantnag in his address laid stress on planting programs and Greening activities with the active support of people and students of different educational institutes of Larnoo.

Cultural and creative programmes were presented by the students on the occasion. They also showcased their skills depicting different themes of Environmental Protection, preservation and importance of Forest Protection.

School teachers, students and Forest Officers highlighted the importance of Forests and Forest resources and their conservation in their speeches.

On this occasion, Conservator of Forests, Kashmir South Circle and Divisional Forest Officer Anantnag presented cash awards to the marginalized members of ST Community who have been playing vital roles in protection of Forests and Environment.

Later, the Conservator of Forests along with DFO Anantnag also attended a Gujjar and Bakerwal Grievance redressal camp in remote Gadool Forests of Daksum Range. He assured the community leaders of early redressal of their demands and needs.