BY MOHD MAJID MALIK : Irregularities in Forest Deptt. Bhaderwah/ Adhoc superseded Permanent Forester in Bhaderwah / Adhoc Foresters engaged as Officers in Bhaderwah . The Forest Deptt. Bhaderwah is plagued with favoritism, Mismanagement and nepotism. The un-experienced Adhoc Foresters in Bhaderwah are enjoying the powers of Range Officers by the directions of the higher ups .
Reliable sources told this media person that some officers in Bhaderwah is favourtaism in which the timber smugglers are falling Deodar, Cheer rampantly in different closures of Bhaderwah and authorties is not taken any step to stop this heinous crime and neither taken any action against these smugglers, it is also said that these smugglers are giving hafta to the Forest Deptt. Through Adhoc empolyees which are enjoying full fledged powers of Officers. It is also said that Senior Foresters are placed or attached in the office and adhoc foresters are placed in these damaged closures of Bhaderwah, said Mansoor Qadir a local youth .
In the last few months there is huge damage which are increasing day by day to the forest in Bhaderwah in which no. of closures of Bhaderwah are badly effected .
It has been observed that mass level of bunglings is rampantly going on in Forest Deptt. Bhaderwah in which numbers of forest Officers/Officials are directly or indirectly involved and they are getting hafts from the local timber smugglers/ mafia of Bhaderwah the sources said.
The cutting of green trees viz Deodar, Cheer, Morh and sal. Are rampantly going on in Bhaderwah without any hindrance. Bhaderwah is known for Deodar but due the timber smugglers and corrupt forest officials it soon gets disappeared.
Giving by the pace the green gold is dwindling in this reserve forest area, and more and more concrete structures are coming up without any check in Bhadarwah have a lot of timber used in them to enhance their beauty to the best but the timber used in them has no relation with the legal Performa of the forest department among hundreds of logs used only 15 to 20 are having the relation to the legal procedures of the department and the left ones are used illegally in close nexuses of forest officials,and forest mafias told by official sources.
An other fool proof example is that in 2005 under the scheme of CM’s participatory A-forestation closer was shown in papers and in 2006 plantation was done and in 2007 due to fire the whole closures were damaged. But in fact no A-forestation was done several such cases are on papers but nothing on ground except huge bungling in governments exchequer. , added another youth Gazi tak .
It seems the administration has willfully chosen to turn Nelsons eye towards mafias and their illegal activities. The whole Bhadarwah was surrounded with lush green deodar trees.However,no one can easily make out that concrete jungle to a great extant has replaced the green gold and forest mafias are generally influential people, enjoying full patronage of other forest officials.
If at present, on a better area of forest Division Bhadarwah one can find the open nexus fast developing here the indication is clear that forest officials &forest mafias are carrying good coordination in order to clean shaved the forest.
Bhadarwah forests remained nobody’s baby as subsequent governments did not pay much attention towards its conservation. There is enough evidence of forest officials and timber smugglers of being hand in glove and together presiding over the loot.
There is lot of increase in fall of deodar and cheer of Bhaderwah by timber smugglers. After taking cognizance of complaints from different sources, it has been observed that mass level of bungling is rampantly going on in Forest Department Bhaderwah in which number of forest Officers/Officials is directly or indirectly involved and they are getting haftas from the local timber smugglers/ mafia of Bhaderwah the sources said. After the regular complaints from different areas the media time in close cooperation of the villagers started investigation and after more than month’s investigation it was observed that Bhadarwah forest division Neeru Range compartment number 18,19,44,48,51,52,53,55,56,57, 58 and Chiralla Range 5,6,7,8 same condition was found in killar Bhalla range compartment number 23,24,25, and 26 were badly damaged. The local people of these areas alleged that they have never seen forester of ranger visiting these areas, they further alleged that the forest officials have set major part of the forest are in fire in order to save their skin from the exposing the damaged done in cooperation with forest mafia, sources claimed .
The cutting of green trees viz.Deodar, Cheer, Morh and sal. Are rampantly going on in Bhaderwah without any hesitation no forest officer/official are trying to stop this menace, Bhaderwah is known for Deodar but due the timber smugglers and corrupt forest officials it soon get disappears. The sources alleged that the timber smugglers have good relations with the forest officials and this is going in collaboration with the Department. The sources also produced the proof of cutting of green trees neither forest officials caught them nor made any case of forest act. It is also said that the higher officials of forest division Bhaderwah are aware of the fact but they neither take any action against the timber smugglers nor his officials, it is also alleged that they too are involved in this scandals either directly or indirectly.
Some officials told this correspondent that they several times inform department regarding the damaged going in the several compartments but instead of taking the action in order to restore the procedure he always shown ignorance regarding the complaints.
It is pertinent to mention here that former advocate General Mohd Aslam Goni strongly condemned the on going bungling in the forest division Bhadarwah.Goni alleged that the forest officials of Forest Division Bhadarwah are involved in mass bungling in broad day light and the administration is mum. This clearly shows that from bottom to top all are involved in the nexus and are getting equal share.
The need of the hour is that the government should check the on going nexus between forest officials and the forest mafias as soon as possible other wise the remaining forest will be clean shaved with in days as the process of cutting of green trees is going on. The officials are needed to punished as per the law.
It is pertinent to mention here that NC block President Mohd Ashraf Goni
Appealed to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdulla to take starn action aganist the officials involved in mass bungling in forest division Bhadarwah inorder to save the precious wealth of the state as well as Nation otherwise soon the green belt of Deodar trees will totaly disappeared.
When contacted to Range Officer (RO) forest division Bhadarwah regarding illegal cutting in the forest ,he refused to comment.