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Assam government to intensify drive against encroachment on forest land

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Minister for Environment and Forest, Parimal Suklabaidya on Saturday reviewed the activities of his three departments at Jeypore Forest IB in Dibrugarh district.
Reviewing the status of the Environment and Forest department, Minister Suklabaidya directed the Eastern Region CCF, DFO and other officials to take steps to remove encroachments from forest land.
He asked the administration and forest officials to persuade the displaced tribal people of Laika to move to a suitable plot of land identified for them and the settlement of the tribal people has to be done under the land rights act.

Minister Suklabaidya also directed the officials to terminate the felling of trees in reserve forest to prevent deforestation and to expand the green cover through mega plantations under the Green Dibrugarh initiative.
He stressed on the need for conservation of Jokai reserve forest with its rich floral diversity as it provides oxygen to the whole of Dibrugarh district.
Under CAMPA, the Minister asked the officials to undertake plantations in the district. 54,000 plantation of saplings have been carried out with another one lakh available at the nurseries.
Suklabaidya requested the Deputy Commissioner, Pallav Gopal Jha to release fund from DMFT for procurement of tree guards for protection of saplings.

As per information provided, a total of 1,445 hectares has been encroached out of the five reserve forests in the district covering 10,967 hectares.
The department has given land pattas to tribal people of three villages on reserve forests and the process of three other villages are underway.

On man-elephant conflicts in the district, the forest officials apprised the Minister that the incidence of such cases is more in Khowang range.
Suklabaidya said that the Assam government has now expedited the process for providing ex gratia to the kins of those killed in conflicts and also compensation to those whose paddy fields are affected.

Reviewing the status of the Excise department, Minister Suklabaidya asked the officials to intensify the drive against liquor from Arunachal Pradesh and sulai.
The officials informed the Minister that 9,000 cartons containing 86,000 litres from Arunachal Pradesh and 12,000 litres of liquor bottles with fake labels have been seized. 57,000 litres of sulai have been seized and destroyed in the district.
As the liquor from Arunachal Pradesh mostly come through Bogibeel bridge, the Minister asked the officials to set up a camp manned by inspectors and assistant inspectors to keep a check on the vehicles carrying liquor from the neighbouring state.

Suklabaidya also reviewed PMMSY, CMSGUY, Ghare Ghare Maach Ghare Ghare Pukhuri schemes of Fisheries department.
Under the Ghare Ghare Maach Ghare Ghare Pukhuri scheme, 240 ponds have been constructed. The Minister asked the officials to file FIR against those who have availed loans but failed to utilise the amount for years together.
He directed the department to cancel the contract for the inordinate delay in construction of a fish feed mill amounting to Rs. Two crore.

Apart from the Deputy Commissioner, the meeting was attended by Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Rameswar Teli, MLAs Teros Goala, Prashanta Phukan and Taranga Gogoi, SP S. Mishra and other officials of concerned departments.

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