Conservator south Kashmir reviews ‘greening, planting achievements’
Lays stress on livelihood generation through forestry activities
Anantnag: The Conservator of Forests, Irfan Ali Shah today held a meeting at Forest Complex, Bijbehara to review progress achieved with respect to planting and greening efforts in south Kashmir, besides targets and achievements made so far under the flagship Green J&K Drive programme of the Department.
The Conservator of Forests expressed satisfaction over 100 percent target completion under Green J&K Drive including Har Gaon Haryali, One Beat Guard One Village programme by involving the locals as well as representatives of grass roots level Panchayati Raj Institutions.
The DFOs were directed for dedicatedly pursuing the development of the Local Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for major towns in South Kashmir under Climate Resilient Cities and other Government initiatives.
Under the Green India Mission, which is being implemented in J&K for the first time, the Conservator stressed on treating degraded forest landscapes of Shopian and at the same time generating employment for locals through these programmes. He said alternate fuel energy and livelihoods support kits shall be provided to forest fringe communities under this mission.
It was informed during the meeting that under the MGNREGA convergence scheme, more than 6000 mandays have been generated in South Kashmir in the last fiscal, which has helped in providing livelihoods to locals. The Conservator of Forests stressed for generating livelihoods for youth and for income generation through various integrated forestry interventions in South Kashmir under Forests for Livelihoods program.
He informed that in South Kashmir, various new Government initiatives like Plastic Free Forests, Polythene Free Forests, Har Nagar Nagarvan, Green slopes, stable slopes, Har Ghar Haryali, Kabza Mukht Janglaat, Six months 3600 ponds program among others have been launched in campaign mode and shall soon prove as success stories.
He also congratulated the forest officials for opening up all Trek routes in record time however he directed for identification of new Trek routes at the earliest so that local people get benefitted and develop a new connection with the forests.
He also directed DFOs to organize skill development and Training camps for local youth as Trek guides, which will generate employment for them. He also directed the concerned to tie up with the Education Department for organizing trekking programs as per age groups for College students and school children.
The Conservator laid stress on placing hoardings and banners at prominent places all across South Kashmir for raising awareness about various forestry based Government initiatives for welfare of people and better development of Forests.
The Conservator of Forests also directed for identifying new suitable sites for construction of new Forest Rest houses for local people as well as tourists and stressed on facilitating online bookings through awareness programs for promotion of Eco-tourism in South Kashmir.
He said wetlands and other water bodies including natural ponds in forests are an integral part of our forests and stressed on maintaining these ponds for the benefit of people and forests. He emphasized on institutionalizing and adapting of “Van se Jal aur Jal se Jeevan” concepts.
He also reviewed the implementation of Forest Rights Act and directed all the DFOs to ensure the benefits of FRA and other Govt schemes reach to the concerned local Gujjar and Bakerwal and other tribal communities. He called for formation of Self Help Groups amongst tribal communities for strengthening their livelihoods.
He directed for redressing grievances of forest frontline staff and resolution of their all outstanding issues.