Wednesday, June 4, 2014

‘GREEN GOLD IN DANGER’: Encroachments on rise as officials turn spectators

JAMMU: Belying the tall claims of Forest Department officials from ‘Beat Guard’ to concerned ‘Minister’ about the protection of forest wealth and its damage from the cutting and encroachments, the pictures taken by the JK MONITOR’s field team members, clearly show that the departmental officials are working against the basic purpose of this department and helping encroachments and cutting green trees which is proving dangerous for the survival of mankind and the wild animals and further resulting in Man-Animal conflict.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Part-II: Cutting green trees, encroachment picks up after minister appeals for preservation

JAMMU: Continuing our news series about the reverse affect of Jammu and Kashmir Forest Ministers appeal for preservation of forests, JK MONITOR after tireless efforts and field work succeeded in capturing several photographs of the damages done in Compartment Number-7 of Block Jangalwar of Forest Range Chiralla, of Forest Division Bhaderwah.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Cutting green trees, encroachment picks up after minister appeals for preservation

JAMMU: A day after the Forest Minister Mian Altaf asserted that protection of forests will ensure conservation of biodiversity, and environment and made an appealed for playing role in this noble cause, some anti nature and anti forest protection elements are acting contrary and cutting down fully grown and small growing trees for their self vested interests with a motive to convert forest land into agriculture land through encroachments in Forest Division Bhaderwah.

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.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

DFO lodges FIR against villagers of Kansar

BHADARWAH: Divisional  Forest Officer (9DFO)lodged FIR against Villagers of Kansar for illicitly cutting of hundreds of green poles/saplings of Deodar and kail on comportment 17/18 Neru in Bhadarwah. Talking to this Media Person DFO Bhadarwah Abhijeet Joshi said that Range officer on her detailed report informed me that Beat gard 17/18 Neru 0n her routine patrolling of area along FPF Staff found a large number of green poles/saplings of Deodar, illicitly cut in the said comportment.

He has further reported that the same forest damage may have been done by the inhabitants of village Kansar, Bhadarwah as the forest department has rejected the proposal for construction of Kansar road. Accordingly a damage case has been registered in Neru Range Vide Damage case no 12/2013-14 and the Block officer Duggi 2nd , directed to conduct a thorough inquiry and submit detailed report. He further said that the offenders could not be traced out and has submitted that some mischievous persons of village Kansar ,Bhadarwah may have done this damage in revenge as the forest Department. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

‘Green Gold’ damage goes up in Chiralla Forest Range

CHIRALLA/ BHADERWAH:  The cutting of young and fully grown green trees goes on unabated in Forest Division Bhaderwah particularly in Forest Range Chiralla. JK Monitor managed to gather the photographs of the loss and damages to the ‘Green Gold’ in compartment number 17 and 18. 

Sources said that Forest Protection Force (FPF) men have seized some logs but it is not yet known whether the accused have been identified or not and what action would be taken against them.