Minister Awangbow inaugurates Tengnoupal forest division complex

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Imphal: Forest, environment and climate change minister Awangbow Newmai today inaugurated Tengnoupal forest division complex.

MLA D. Korunghthang, additional chief secretary forest, environment and climate change, principal chief conservator of forests and head of forest force (PCCF and HoFF) Kereilhouvi Angami and other forest officers among others were present at the inauguration function.

Addressing the department officers Awangbow instructed the officers to focus to raise awareness among the general public regarding the various activities of the department. He opined that public lack clarity especially in the hills regarding the activities of the department.

Thanking the village authorities for giving land to construct the forest division complex, Awangbow said from now onwards the department must target on raising awareness to the public before implementing any project or programme. Hoping that the newly inaugurated complex will help the officers in smooth functioning of their work, he appealed to the public to cooperate with the department as the officers are working for the welfare of the people of the state.

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He said collective participation is needed for safeguarding the eco-system, which is also the basic principle of the Forest department. Speaking regarding the various schemes provided by the department and the government, he appealed to the public to avail the benefits of the schemes as it is meant for all the people.

Tengnoupal division DFO Dr L. Jeeceelee presented a presentation on achievements and activities of the division, which is spread across 1553.75 sq km. Informing that the division is carrying out schemes under the state plan, CAMPA, NBM, TRIFED, IFMS and NAP, she said the division aims to develop SHGs to imbibe entrepreneurship quality under the TRIFED scheme. She informed that the division is also indulged in other activities like rescue of wild animals, curbing the wildlife forest offences and awareness/sensitization programmes.

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Appealing for strengthening the staff of the Tengnoupal Forest Division to the ministerial team, she said at present the division has 18 field staff out of the sanctioned strength of 32. She also appealed for construction of a DFO quarter, staff quarters and to provide vehicles for patrolling.

The mnisterial team also visited and inspected the plantation done under the CAMPA at the Lamkang Khunou Centre. The team also visited the Khoibu Bamboo Development Society, a bamboo processing unit under the National Bamboo Mission (NBM) at Khangshim village. Minister Awangbow Newmai checked the bamboo products at the unit followed by interaction with the people working at the unit.

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