New law to protect forest land
- KCR promises to review existing law
- Express concern at drastic reduction of forest land
Hyderabad, January 17: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today vouched to bring in a legislation to replace the existing forest law to protect forest lands across the state.
He unveiled a Diary and Calendar of the Forest Department at Dulapally Forest Academy on the city outskirts here. Speaking on the occasion, he alleged that the previous governments had miserably failed to protect the forest lands. Cases related to cutting of forest trees will be expedited for a speedy action to punish the guilty, he warned. ‘We will review the existing forest law and give it adequate teeth to deal with the cases’, he stated.
KCR expressed concern over the drastic reduction of forest land at many places. This was due to sheer negligence and lack of commitment of the previous Congress and Telugu Desam governments. Stating that he had gone through a forest map, the Chief Minister said there was need on the part of the Ministers, MLAs and Collectors to protect the lands. ‘Our aim is to protect the lands through Harithaharam program of massive plantation. Now that the TRS is at the helm of affairs, we will sure protect the lands of the forests which is key for protection of wildlife, environment and attract timely rains and maintain ground water table’.
Besides giving promotions to staff, the government will take steps to provide infrastructure and fill up vacant posts to strengthen the department through police help, KCR said. The Chief Minister also extended total support and cooperation for the forest department to execute their duties properly. (NSS)