State Night safari at Van Vihar
Chief Minister interacts with forest officials in one day workshop
Bhopal, Feb 17
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that there is a need to increase innovation in the forest sector. The Van Vihar in Bhopal is a big gift in itself. It should be developed as a model that people even from Singapore should come here for night safari.
He said that increasing forest area in Madhya Pradesh is good news for the world. In this era of climate change, it is necessary to protect not only humans, but also all living beings. He congratulated the forest department for this achievement.
Chief Minister Chouhan was addressing the inaugural session of the one-day workshop of Chief Conservator of Forests and Forest Officers at the Academy of Administration. He lit the lamp and inaugurated the worshop. Forest Minister Dr. Kunwar Vijay Shah, Principal Secretary Forests Ashok Varnwal, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Rajesh Srivastava were present in the workshop.
Departmental team should remain sensitive to the problems of Vanvasis
Chief Minister Chouhan said that public service and environmental protection is the responsibility of the officers and employees of the Forest Services. It is important to be sensitive to the problems of people living in forest areas. It should be ensured that all eligible persons get pattas under the Forest Rights Act without any hassles.
He said that the responsibility of saving the environment lies with the civilized society just as much as it is with the forest dwellers. Therefore, it is important to see that the vanvasis are not harassed in any way. Strict action is required on various mafia operating in the forest area. It should be ensured that there are no new illegal possessions in the forest area. Chief Minister Chouhan congratulated the forest officers for increase in the number of leopards, crocodiles and vultures and for the state’s achievement as tiger state.
Simplification of rules related to the use of trees planted on one’s land is essential
Chief Minister Chouhan said that forest area has been expanded only with the cooperation of the people. The contribution of forest committees in this is amazing with Jhabua setting an excellent example. The work done at the level of society towards carbon credit in Indore was also appreciated.
Chief Minister Chouhan stated the need to promote agro forestry. He said that there is a need for simplification of rules regarding the use of trees planted on our land. There is a need to increase employment opportunities in forest-based activities and sale of forest produce. The importance of medicinal herbs derived from forests has increased during the Corona period. We have to consider what activities can be done from the forest area apart from wood. If we conduct activities by adding forests and livelihood then people will save the forest themselves. He called for the need to take necessary steps to avoid human wildlife conflict.
Security of forest staff will be ensured at all costs
Chief Minister Chouhan said that security of forest staff will be ensured at all costs. The contribution of forests to the state’s GDP (gross domestic product) is two percent. We have to increase it to five percent. The forest department related targets must be met according to road map for the creation of Atmanirbhar Madhya Pradesh.
Trees must be planted according to local climate
Chief Minister Chouhan stated the need to give importance to plantation of tree species that grow naturally according to local climate.
MP will be first in the country in forest-based activities – Forest Minister Dr. Shah
Forest Minister Dr. Kunwar Vijay Shah said that the Forest Department has been successful in protecting the forests and wildlife and in the expansion of forests under the leadership of Chief Minister Chouhan. We are making our best efforts to ensure that Madhya Pradesh leads in the country in forest-based activities. The Forest Minister stated the need to amend the rules for the protection of the employees of the forests and Forest department. He also informed about innovations like hot air balloon and Buffer mein Safar to encourage tourism activities in the forest areas. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Rajesh Srivastava presented the outline of the workshop.