Minister for Forest, Filipe Neri Rodrigues presented 30 motorcycles with helmets to field personnel of the Department in order to modernize the field force and strengthen the department.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the motorcycles should improve the personnel’s mobility in order to protect and conserve the rich wild life of the State as presently the staff used to find it difficult to negotiate the dirt tracks in the forest with the four wheelers provided to them.
The minister also announced that the department will now have its own separate building called the Van Bhavan and added that work on this project will commence shortly.
The Forest Minister impressed upon the officers for strengthening the Forest Protection besides improving the checking system and devising latest mechanism, by virtue of which the menace of tree cutting is minimize and eliminated in the long run. He also called upon the officers of Forest Department for maintaining effective coordination so that the objectives and targets fixed for the department are achieved.
The Minister said that walkie-talkie and wireless sets and mobiles have been provided to the field staff for quick communication and response. The Minister asked the frontline staff not to misuse their two-wheelers and be vigilant and look out for forest violations in their area.
This year 150 hectors of degraded forest land will be improved by planting trees. The Department will also take up afforestration programme on the degraded land as per availability of such land next year. The forest department has also plans to purchase ten jeeps and five mini trucks for patrolling purpose and rescue of animals.