Saturday, March 8, 2014

Illegal deforestation, serious threat to state economy as well as ecological imbalance

BHADERWAH: The illegal felling of green Cedar (Deodar) and pine trees despite Supreme Court ban is fast depriving Jammu and Kashmir of its precious forest wealth. The state is losing its green sheen fast as the forest land has shrunk from 20,230 sq km to just 7,590 sq km as per data furnished by the state Department of Forests earlier this year. 

Jammu and Kashmir State which is praised for its greenery and thick forest attract lots of national and international Tourists who visit here and give boost to our state economy; also generate multidimensional public sector employment among 69.7% un-employed youths in Jammu province and 29% un-employed youth in Kashmir province. The Black Gold in shape of Black Cedar ( Deodar) which in this country is available only in Bhaderwah range hills after Germany  in the world , also help to maintain ecological balance and rises ample revenue to the state treasury.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Forest damage in Compartment No-2 of Forest Range Chiralla in Bhaderwah

GREEN GOLD IN DANGER: Young green trees grounded in Compartment No-2 of Forest Range Chiralla, in Forest Division Bhaderwah as the concerned authorities failed to keep check and initiate action against the enemies of nature.

Since last few decades the damage to forest in the erstwhile Doda district has increased many fold and young green trees are cut to ground as those doing it have no fear of the field staff of the department concerned. 

It has been alleged that field staff and even the Range and Division level official are deep involved in the corruption thus more concerned about collecting money through the field staff instead of saving the forest wealth.

Whenever the issues is raised by media or the activists, inquiries are initiated and teams are rushed to the spot but instead of taking action against the guilty, matter is hushed up and accused are given free hand to continue such activities after they pay the bribe to the officials.