Telangana: Forest clearance works responsibility of every dept: Hemant Kumar
Hemant Kumar, Deputy Director General, Union Forest Department, said it was the responsibility of every employee to work in line with government priorities and complete the forest clearance process as soon as possible. A review meeting was held at Aranya Bhavan on the forest clearances required for speedy completion of projects of various departments. Hemant Kumar attended the meeting which was chaired by Ms. R. Shobha PCCF.
Working agencies (various government departments) review at length the application for forest permits and the duty procedures required to complete the two-stage permit process. PCCFR Shobha said the coordination meeting was arranged with the officials of all the concerned departments to see that the projects headed by the government for the welfare and development of the people would get their results quickly if completed in a timely manner.
A total of 109 works and approvals for projects were discussed. Irrigation, water supply, National Highways, Roads-Buildings, Singareni, Power Departments approval process, Stage-1, Stage-2 approvals at any stage, Measures to be taken for expediting were mainly discussed. Decided to work with quick reconciliation for resolving any obstacles if any.
He directed the central government to submit a report on the allocation of government land for afforestation in lieu of diversion of forest land, payment of alternative afforestation funds to enable Stage-1 permits above three years to be completed within one month, those exceeding two years within two months and those pending for more than one year within three months.
Hemant Kumar said that they want speed in the completion of all the projects headed by the Central and State Governments and it is the responsibility of every department and authority to work towards that and to that extent Stage-2 approvals should be obtained within the stipulated time. He said that legal hurdles should be avoided and at the same time the concerned authorities would be in trouble if work was started without proper forest permissions
The meeting was attended by PCCF (Social Forestry) RM Dobriel, officials from Irrigation, Rural Water Supply, National Highways, Roads-Buildings, Singareni, Electricity and Forest Departments.