State-level workshop of senior forest officers held at Chandrapur
Chandrapur/ Nagpur: “In order to take Maharashtra Forest department at No. 1 position, all forest officers must put united efforts. They are required to ensure maximum growth of forests, development and their conservation with public participation. This also requires incentives to voluntary organizations,” said Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Chandrapur on Friday.
He was addressing a workshop of senior forest officers, held at Chandrapur. He further said, public participation must be increased in the process of forest development and conservation, and also they should create public awareness by writing in local news papers.
Mungantiwar informed officers that the government had taken various decisions in forest development and urged the officials to carry them to the citizens with united spirit and sense of responsibility. He was wanted to see the forests of Maharashtra on the forefront in the country, he added.
The workshop was inaugurated at the hands of Mungantiwar in the prominent presence of Forest secretary Vikas Kharge, principal chief conservator of forests A K Nigam, Sarjan Bhagat, Bhawana and A K Sinha.
In his introductory remarks, Vikas Kharge said that the forest department has done remarkable works through out the past year under guidance of Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, and department is now functioning with public-oriented interest.
He also informed that the department is getting sufficient funds, and now Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been made brand ambassador forests as Vyraghra Doot with an aim to develop tiger projects. He urged the forest officers to derive advantage from Amitabh Bachchan.
The workshop was well organized by Chandrapur circle’s chief conservator of forests Sanjay Thakre and regional director of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Project, Garad.