India — Haryana Government has prepared an action plan to avoid and to fight fire incidents in the forests area of the State especially during the three months of the summer i.e April, May and June.
Minister of State for Forests and Tourism, Kiran Choudhry Friday had a meeting with the senior officers of the District Administration, Police Department and Forests Department of Yamunanagar and Panchkula districts.
The meeting was called in wake of the recent forest fires which broke out in the Morni Forests area.
She said that the 3 months of the summer season were crucial and during these months forests were highly prone to catch fire.
While expressing concern for the forest fire the Minister said that these fires decreased the bio diversity of the region and it took long time for that area to recover from loss caused by the fire.
Minister of State for Forests and Tourism, Kiran Choudhry Friday had a meeting with the senior officers of the District Administration, Police Department and Forests Department of Yamunanagar and Panchkula districts. The meeting was called in wake of the recent forest fires which broke out in the Morni Forests area.
The Minister said that the Village Forests Committees, Gram Panchayats, Tehsildars, Naib Tehsildars, BDPO’s, Sarpanches and local villagers should be sensitized and involved to fight these kinds of forests fires.
Forests Minister directed the officials to take strict actions against those who were responsible for forest fires. She said that for these 3 months all the concerned departments should have regular meetings in the interval of 15 days and keep a check on forest fires.
She said that everyday status report of fire incidents in different villages and ranges should be submitted to the District Administration by District Forests Officer and Tehsildars, Naib Tehsildars of all the four blocks.
She said that the phone numbers of all the Panches, Sarpanches and Nambardars, Fire Brigade and Police and all the Forest officials including officials of the District Forest Officer office be collected and circulated among the officers of Forest, Panchayat and Revenue Departments.
It was proposed that strict action should be taken against the office bearers of the Village Forest Committees for non-cooperating in reporting and extinguishing forests fires.
She said that a Committee had been constituted to probe the recent Morni Forest fires and guilty would be strictly punished for the negligence. She applauded the Panchkula Administration and Forests Department for taking timely actions in dousing the Morni forest fire.
She urged the Forests officials to patrol the forests areas regularly, create sufficient water bodies within the forests and put hoardings carrying important messages at all the tourist’s places in order to avoid fire incidents.
She said that the villagers should be trained to fight the fire and whistles and torches should be given to them, so that in the time of emergency they could raise an alarm from far off places without wasting time. She said that regular meetings of the villagers and government should be held and they should work in tandem for this cause.
Choudhry also asked the officials to keep a check on illegal mining in these areas and directed the forest officials to be extra careful and keep a strict vigil on illegal miners.