Measures to protect tribals' interest
DINDIGUL: Various conservation and forest protection activities will be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs.1 crores in the district to increase forest cover with the participation of people, Minister for Transport and Power,R .Viswanathan has said.
All measures would be taken to protect the interests of the tribal people living on the hills, he said while speaking at an inaugural function of a training camp on total afforestation programme for Presidents of joint forest committees, SHG members and NGOs organised by Department of Forests at Akshaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School campus here on Saturday.
Mr.Viswanathan said the main objective of the scheme was to increase forest cover, protect environment and flora and fauna of the forests. Infrastructure would be developed for tribal people and new schemes would be introduced to encourage their economic activities.
Forest dept equipped
Department of Forests was equipped with modern gadgets and vehicles to intensify surveillance in the forests. About 225 new vehicles, 70 binoculars and 625 mobile phones were given to the forest officials in the state. He advised the forest officials to strive hard to protect forests and increase the forest cover with effective participation of people.
Collector S. Murugaia said natural calamities and disasters could be prevented only through proper conservation of forests and protection of environment.
Rs.88 lakh work implemented
Development works worth Rs.88 lakhs had been implemented through joint forest committees in all forest divisions last year. It was the duty of every citizen to offer forest wealth to next generation, he said.
Conservator of Forests, P. Varadaraj said on an average 15 to 20 tonnes of wood were used as fuel to produce one lakh bricks needed for construction of a single house. At least 20 trees would be required to generate 15 tonnes of fuel wood making it essential for a person to raise 15 trees around his site before constructing house compensate the tree loss. Town planning department should insist people to grow trees in their site before granting approval for making of houses. The minister gave an aid of Rs.8.22 lakhs to villagers engaged in forest protection activities.