Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Jammu Kashmir, Suresh Chugh today took stock of the working of the forest department in Jammu region in a meeting held at Forest Headquarter Jammu.Chief Conservator forest Jammu Sameer Bharti, Conservator of Forest East circle Mohandas, Conservator of Forest West circle Dr Jitender, Conservator of Forest Chenab Circle T.B Singh and all the DFOs of Jammu region participated in the meeting.During the meeting, up-to-date division wise progress in respect of CAPEX and District, FDA, Forest protection works and FCA cases were reviewed and directions were issued to expedite the pending works at the earliest. The PCCF reiterated that progress in respect of Financial and physical target should be achieved without any delay.
Speaking on the occasion Chugh said that protection of forest and its conservation and management through afforestation would be departments priority. Climate change is a big challenge that the state of Jammu Kashmir is facing and mitigating the effect of climate change is another area where the efforts are required, he added. He said that the removal of encroachment and reduction in forest damage are other areas which would be addressed in time bound manner. He asked all the officers to work with full dedication and zeal and any laxity on any part would be dealt with strictly, he emphasized.He said that Forest Department is a 200-year-old department and has a Legacy of disciplined working for management of forests on scientific lines and that legacy and discipline has to be maintained in our working.