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JAMMU: Special Secretary, Department of Forest, Ecology and Environment, Civil Secretariat, J&K, Amit Sharma on Tuesday conducted random visit of several Check Posts of Forest Department located in the outskirts of Winter Capital City Jammu along with his team comprising of Kamaljeet Singh and Pawan Kumar to oversee their functioning, working environment and presence of requisite staff in these Check Posts, especially during the ongoing COVID times.At Nagrota Forest Check Post, Amit found that only one Deputy Forester namely Som Dutt was present and no other staff was available. He also checked records and registers available and gave instructions to make it a vibrant Check Post as it is first Check Post belonging to Urban Forestry Division of Jammu on the National Highway 44 heading towards Kashmir Region. It was also observed that proper signages on the Highway should be displayed on both sides so that there is proper visibility of this important Check Post.During visit to Sidhra Check Post falling under Jammu Territorial division, Sharma interacted with Forest Guard Mohd Shafi who disclosed that recently they happened to catch hold of a vehicle with police assistance which was smuggling Khair wood and they successfully chased and got hold of driver while seizing the vehicle although said Guard got injured during this operation. This was highly appreciated by Amit Sharma who expressed that same level of dedication and zeal should be shown by all officials of the department whether belonging to Territorial wing or Forest Protection Force while safeguarding these priceless natural resources located all across the Union Territory.Amit also checked working of Forest Check Post located at Kaluchak falling under Urban Forestry Division Jammu wherein Forester namely Sat Paul Singh was found on duty. Special Secretary Forest instructed him and other officials at Check Post to wear proper uniforms while on duty as they are the real faces of Forest Department in public and also directed them to work with total dedication at this National Highway Check Post enroute towards other parts of the nation.Before culminating the round of surprise visits at Forest Check Posts, Amit Sharma disclosed that a proposal to modernise the existing infrastructure by replacing them with E-Check Posts and the usage of GPS and real time monitoring with Internet-based technologies is already under active consideration of the Government and a proposal to this effect stands submitted to the higher authorities for approval so that the same could be implemented in Forest Territorial Department on a Pilot basis.He also mentioned that more such surprise/random checks shall be a routine affair in future to oversee working of different wings of Forest Department to realise the broader vision of Lieutenant Governor, J&K, Commissioner/Secretary Forest, PCCF HoFF so that the working of Forest department can be improvised and its performance can be rated amongst the top performing states/UTs of the nation.
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