Committee on Environment of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council Wednesday recommended immediate compensation to the victims in pending man-animal conflict cases.
The Committee, which met here under the Chairmanship of MLC, Muhammad Muzaffar Parry also directed the officers of the Forest and its allied Departments to create awareness among the masses about the importance of aforestation and preservation of water bodies and wetlands, an official handout said.
Legislators, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Showkat Hussain Ganai, Qaiser Jamsheed Lone and Rani Gargi Blowria attended the meeting and stressed upon the concerned officers of Forest and its allied wings for taking up plantations on available degraded forest land across the State.
While taking stock of diverting of forest land for different developmental projects including construction of 4-lane National Highway and Railway Track, the authorities of the Forest department informed the meeting that the amount received from different Executing Agencies has been deposited under the head Compensatory Aforestation for Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).
It was also informed that through CAMPA a massive plantation drive has been started on available degraded forest land in the State. It was given out that more than 32000 hectares of land has been covered under plantation drive all over the State and there is 70% survival growth rate which indicates good results of plantation.
Earlier, Commissioner Secretary, Forest, Muhammad Afzal briefed the Committee about the activities of the Forest department and its allied wings.
Director Colleges also briefed the Committee about the activities carried out in higher educational institutions under environmental studies.
The meeting was attended by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), A. K. Singh, PCCF Wildlife Warden, Suresh Chugh, Head of the Department of various Wings of Forest department and Senior Officers of Council Secretariat.