Enforce ban on polythene: Altaf to authorities

Jammu, November 06(Scoop News) -   Minister for Forest and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmed has called upon all the heads of forest and its allied Departments to ensure time bound completion of all ongoing forest and environment conservation projects   in the State, adding that any delay or negligence in this regard would be viewed seriously.

The instructions were issued by the Minister while chairing a high level meeting of the department convened to review the pace of ongoing development projects and funds incurred there off, here today.

The Minister instructed concerned authorities to formulate action plans for identified areas and submit the same for approval so that the under execution work would not suffer for want of exchequer. He directed the authorities to submit utilization certificates timely to the Union Forest Ministry for release of next installment of funds as delay in this regard hampers the pace of work of the projects. He also directed the concerned to pursue the projects, the DPRs of which have already been submitted to centre by the State government. He also asked for ensuring full release of funds    under CAMPA and other schemes, including those under State sector.

Mian Altaf exhorted upon the heads of different wings of forest department, Environment, Wild Life, Social Forestry, Pollution Control Board and Soil Conservation to personally monitor  project sites and ensure timely completion  and use of standard material. He stressed for timely use of funds and cautioned that lapses or misuse of funds at the fag end of fiscal year should be viewed seriously and invites strict action against inattentive officers.

The Minister instructed Pollution Board authorities to intensify inspections through special checking squads to enforce blanket ban on use of polythene. He directed for initiating stringent action against manufacturing units found indulging manufacturing of non-degradable and recycled   polythene bags.

“The board authorities shall also ensure thorough checking of interstate Goods Carriers at Lakhanpur and Lower Munda to plug the transportation of the banned material into the state”, he stressed. He suggested installing scanners to check the transportation of illegal and environmental hazardous material through these points.

 The Minister also directed to keep close vigil on the disposal of the medical waste by the hospitals. “Proper disposal of the medical waste shall be ensured by frequent checking of the hospitals and Nursing Homes”, he added.

Among others, Commissioner Secretary Forest  Aaijaz Iqbal, Chairman, Pollution Control Board  Lal Chand, Chief Wild Life Warden  A K Singh, Director, Forest Protection Force  Mohammad Shafi Khan, Director, Social Forestry,  Hafiz-ullah siddiqi, Director, FSRI  Deepak Khana, Director, Soil Conservation  U Pachnandan, Director, Environment  Suresh Chug, Chief Conservator Forests, Jammu  Ravi Kaiser,  Chief Conservator Forests (CAMPA)  L K Sharma and other officers of the department attended the meeting.