Approves use of forest land for development projects

Approves use of forest land for development projects

The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here under chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved utilization of 28 hectares of forest land in various parts of the state for undertaking developmental projects of public importance in the Railways, PMGSY, and Energy sectors.

The utilization of forest land was approved in pursuance tothe recommendations of the 113th Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) meeting heldon 11 March 2019.

The proposals approved included use of forest land forup-gradation of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project, development ofinfrastructure by JAKEDA and construction of PMGSY roads vizBandhole to UpperPattangarh in Udhampur forest division, Bhugtrain to Lower Panjgrain inRamnagar forest division, Ghan to Chandali in Kishtwar forest division,Dubigali to Nalinikka in Udhampur forest division, Bugrana to Kalchanda inKishtwar forest division and TOI DawarTulailKashpat to Refugee 02 in Bandiporaforest division.

Meanwhile, in a separate decision the SAC approvedappointment of administrators as per prescribed procedure, to be initiated bythe Rural Development an Panchayati Raj Department and payment of honorarium ofelected Sarpanchs and Panchs, as notified by the Government for suchHalqaPanchayats which have not been constituted.

It has been felt expedient to appoint administrator forHalqaPanchayats which have not been constituted, for performing such duties asspecified in the schedule I-A, I-B and I-C including other functions containedin J&K Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, and Rules made there under. 

The administrator appointed shall hold office for a periodnot exceeding six months and HalqaPanchayat shall be deemed to be dulyconstituted after appointment of the administrator under the provisions of theAct.

A Gazetted officer of the department of Agriculture Production, Horticulture, School Education, Social Welfare, Revenue, Industries (Handloom & Handicrafts) can be appointed as administrator for such a Halqa Panchayat.

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