J&K Forest Department organizes Online Training on Forest Protection

J&K Forest Department organized One Day Web Based Training Programme on “Preparation of Seizure Memo” today on 18-10-2021for In-service forest Front line officers/officials. About 250 Front line Forest Officers from all the Districts of J&K attended the training program through hundred locations from across the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir

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J&K Forest Department organizes Online Training on Forest Protection
J&K Forest Department organizes Online Training on Forest Protection

J&K Forest Department organizes Online Training on Forest Protection

J&K Forest Department organizes Online Training on Forest Protection
J&K Forest Department organizes Online Training on Forest Protection

J&K Forest Department organized One Day Web Based Training Programme on “Preparation of Seizure Memo” today on 18-10-2021 for In-service forest Front line officers/officials. About 250 Front line Forest Officers from all the Districts of J&K attended the training program through hundred locations from across the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.


The program started with a keynote address by Dr. Mohit Gera, IFS, Pr. Chief Conservator of Forests & HoFF, J&K Forest Department who spoke about various aspects of protection of Forests in the UT of J&K. He said that the Forest damage cases mainly pertain to timber , firewood and minor forest produce.The Department needs to facilitate bonafide use of forest products but at the same time illegal damage shall be curbed under all circumstances.. He reiterated that though the seizures are made by the Forest officials but the confiscation rate is very low because of improper forest offence case preparation and subsequent lax attitude in concluding the cases. He stressed upon the importance of preparation of a proper seizure memo by the field functionaries.

He further emphasized for the establishment of Joint Control Rooms and Joint patrolling by the Joint teams comprising of officials from the Wildlife Protection Department, Forest Protection & the Territorial Forest Staff and developing synergy in their action for optimum results. He also threw light on seizure cases, procedure to be followed. He also talked about success stories of the Forest Department in curbing forest damages especially in Bhaderwah, Kandi, Chiralla areas etc.He also highlighted the role of BMCs, VFCs in facilitating the bonafide use of forest products including sustainable utilization of medicinal and aromatic plants. He also highlighted the role to be played by the forest dependent committees in supporting forest protection wherein the forest officials need to create conditions for them to participate in protection of forest resources.He directed for maintenance of proper Forest offence records in Range offices immediately. He also stressed on intelligence gathering and sharing between different field agencies for effective forest protection especially in Kashmir region. He directed officers to motivate their field staff for more effective protection and performance in the field.


This was followed by a special session by Sh. J Frankoi, IFS, Director, Forest Protection Force, J&K. He gave an overview of Forest Protection in the UT of J&K. He spoke about reactive & proactive modes of forest protection. He stressed that our focus should be on proactive mode, which can be achieved by the proper implementation of Forest Laws. He also discussed about damage caused due to grazing and browsing animals, forest fires, Man Animal Conflict situations and loss of cattle and precious human lives s, Illicit felling and proper disposal of seized forest produce. He assured a full cooperation and support of FPF officials to the Territorial staff in curbing the menace of illegal smuggling of timber and other forest produce and also for better protection of Forest resources.


This was followed by three Technical sessions on different aspects of Forest Protection with a focus on the preparation of seizure memo.The first Technical Session was taken up by Sh. Vivek Modi, DFO Billawar Forest Division who dealt in detail about the various important sections of Indian Forest Act, 1927 with special focus on the sections dealing with Forest Officer, Forest Produce, Duties of Forest Officers, Confiscation proceedings etc. He stressed on the front line field staff to specifically mention the relevant sections, sub-sections and clauses while framing a damage case so that every case could be taken to a logical conclusion.


The second technical session was taken by Sh. Vijay Kumar, DFO , Marwah, who spoke in detail about the procedures to be followed for preparation of seizure memo, contents of seizure, spot map, detailed description of forest produce, importance of statements of accused and witnesses. He also stressed that the seizure memos should always be prepared on spot in presence of witnesses. He also spoke about the preparation of supurdnama and the precautions to be followed for keeping the seized stuff on supurdnama.


The last and third technical session was taken by Sh. Chander Shekhar, DFO, Bhaderwah, who spoke about the Forest Offence Report and case proceedings. He stressed upon the importance / necessity of preparation of proper damage case report with relevant sections for taking the case to a logical & fruitful conclusion. He discussed in detail about various components of damage case report like FIR, Seizure Memo, Arrest Memo, Jamatalashi, Supurdnama, Inspection Note, Summon etc. He also spoke about the precautions / care to be taken at a Range Officer level for proper framing of the damage case.
In the morning the programme started with the welcome address by Sh. Irfan Ali Shah, IFS, Conservator of Forests, Working Plan Circle, J&K, who laid emphasis on the necessity of organizing such training programmes which focus on the relevant field problems being faced by the front line staff.

He further said that a well documented Damage Case has higher chances of reaching to a logical conclusion.He also informed that the definition and scope of Forest Protection changes with every passing day and that Forest Protection is an evolving and emerging science and art as well.He said whether its Forest Fire prevention or Forest fire fighting operations ,protection of forest land from encroachers, vigil over Demarcation pillars and ensuring their safety,reporting incidences of pest and insect attacks in forest areas,damages to forests by soil erosion and anthropogenic factors,all of it is part of basic duty of we all foresters as well as forms core of Forest Protection.He also stressed on minimizing damages due to lopping,ground fire,grazing and browsing animals through practice of effective and scientific silvicultural practices in the field.

The whole training programme was moderated by Sh. Indu Sharma, Principal, Soil Conservation Training School, Miran Sahib who also conducted the concluding session and summarized the training proceedings as well.

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