July 07 : Addressing a meeting of senior officers at Sundernagar today, Shri J.P. Nadda, Forest Minister said that as many as ten additional Van Thanas would be opened during 2009-10.He said that after the receipt of permission from Supreme Court the procedure for felling of trees from the private land will be initiated.
The Minister said that plantation program especially for the Monsoon season was monitored and decision will be taken for its effective implementation. He said that Van Mahotsav will be celebrated in all the 68 constituencies of the Pradesh by involving private and public representatives. The program of plantation of medicine plants during the 2009-10 was also reviewed and decided to be implemented through Joint Forest Management Committees. More than one crore medicinal plants would be planted and distributed during the current season.
Shri Abhaya Shukla, Additional Chief Secretary (Forests) Govt. of H.P. and Shri Vinay Tandon, PCCF HP were also present.