Social Forestry deptt continues monsoon plantation drives; Dir SFD interacts with PRIs in Rajouri

Rajouri: Director, Department of Social Forestry, Roshan Jaggi today held an interaction session with the Chairman and members of Village Panchayat Plantation Committees (VPPCs) of different Panchayats of Rajouri District.
Besides, VPPC chairman and members DDC counsellor -Kalakote, Anita Thakur, DDC Counsellor Rajouri Sai Rashid and DDC counsellor Sunderbani, Rajinder Sharma also interacted with the PCCF/Director of Social Forestry Department through virtual mode.
The interactions aimed to update the PRIs on increasing role of the department in greening of J&K with the active involvement of people through PRIs. The PCCF/Director spoke in detail on the ways and means of active involvement of people and other stakeholders in all activities of Social Forestry Department. Major activities of the Department such as raising and managing of Village Woodlots, Farm Forestry, Strip Plantations and Institutional Plantations were deliberated in detail & participants were sensitized to enhanced role of people and devolution of powers to VPPCs. He emphasized upon VPPCs to generate revenue through plantations in their areas. He assured the VPPCs that the Department will supply saplings as per their requirement.
All the Chairman (VPPCs) and other participants committed for increasing green cover in their areas and assured to work with the Department in tandem with full vigour. The Divisional Forest Officer, Social Forestry Division, Rajouri ( Rakesh Saraf) conducted the proceedings of the meeting.
Besides this, monsoon plantation drives continued with PRIs in Social Forestry Division, Kathua where 10997 plants were planted at different locations in presence of VPPCs Chairman (Sarpanchs) namely Devinder Kumar, Smt. Madhu Rani, Sh. Shamsher Chand, Shiv Dev Singh, Smt. Sonia Jagotra, Professor Ram Murti Sharma. Various plantation drives were also attended by DDCs/BDCs namely Naryan Dutt BDC Chairman, Raghu Nandan Singh, Vice Chairman DDC Kathua and other members of PRIs.
The Social Forestry Division, Udhampur carried out plantations of 10230 plants at different locations by involving BDC members namely Dina Nath, Sh. Balwan Singh, Hans Raj Chairman (VPPC), Pritam Singh Chairman (VPPC), Sukhdev Singh Chairman (VPPC), Smt. Saleema Chairperson (VPPC), Mulkh Raj (VPPC) member, Geeta Devi Chairperson (VPPC) and other members of PRIs. The DFO SF Division, Udhampur has also carried out plantation drive with Commandant CRPF Jatinder Kumar Gupta and CRPF jawans at yog ashram Katra along with locals.

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