Minister for Environment and Forest, Parimal Suklabaidya reviewed the status of forest schemes and projects in all the three districts of Barak Valley in Silchar on Saturday.
The meeting was also attended by Cachar Deputy Commissioner, all the MLAs, PCCF cum Hoff, CCF, DFOs, and other range officials.
Minister Suklabaidya said strict vigil must be kept on forest land and no encroachment must take place. “A strict vigil has to be ensured so that there is no encroachment on forest land,” he quipped.
He also instructed the district administration and forest officials to keep a close watch in every village area so that ‘no person comes from outside and if anyone is settled that person has to strictly follow forest rules and regulations.
Suklabaidya also underscored the need for the plantation drive on a priority basis for the extension of the green cover in all three districts of the valley.
Adding he also stated that the officials to take immediate stringent action against those involved in illegal cutting or felling of trees and those operating illegal band sawmills and to book the offenders under relevant provisions of law.
The Minister called for a coordinated and pragmatic approach by all the DFOs and Forest Range Officers in association with the administrations of Cachar, Karimganj, and Hailakandi districts to put a stop to all illegal activities and to bring more areas under the green cover in order to make Assam a pollution-free State.
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