‘Get out of the office, stay in the forests’

CM asks forest department civil servants must stay in the forests 15 days a month

Chief Minister Basavaraj BommaiSaturday, instructed Forestry Department officials of the rank of Director Secretary of District Forest Officers to leave their offices and stay in the forests for 15 days a month.

Bommai was speaking at a ceremony to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Karnataka State Forest Development Corporation Limited.

“Senior officials are rooted in Bengaluru. You do not leave your offices. Go to the forests, stay there 15 days a month. This will boost the morale of other staff in the department. This will send the message that senior officials are committed to forest protection, Bommai said.

Try to increase forest cover to 30% in 5 years

Bommai urged officials to work more vigorously to improve forest cover in the state from the current 23% to at least 30% over the next 5 years. He defended the need to change the objectives of the Forest Development Corporation. There is no need to focus on profit, more emphasis should be placed on extending forest cover. “We don’t need to grow eucalyptus for papermaking. Stop planting eucalyptus and acacia which are not favorable to our ecological balance. Consider planting alternative species of plants and trees,” he said.

Eco budget

For the first time in the country, the state budget this year includes an exclusive segment of the ecological budget which aims to compensate for ecological damage. About Rs100 cr has been allocated for the ecological budget or the Green budget take initiatives that annually compensate for ecological damage. The ecological balance could be maintained if the initiative is maintained for years to come. The state government is ready to grant an additional Rs 100 crore if the allocated Rs 100 crore is used effectively, Bommai said.

Vision for forest conservation

Stressing the importance of preserving biodiversity in the Western Ghats and increasing green cover in the state, Bommai instructed officials to prepare a vision document on forest development for the next 50 years.

land at Saalumarada Thimmakka

Nature lovers appreciate the decision of the Karnataka government to allocate the site to the Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) for Saalumarada Thimmakka, a notable state environmentalist.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who granted a BDA site for Saaluamrada Thimmakka, officially handed over the deed of sale on Saturday.

The Chief Minister presented the BDA site allotment and sale documents to Thimmakka, who visited the Chief Minister at his Race Course Road residence with his adopted son. Thimmakka was granted a site of 50 x 80 feet in sector J, 7th block in the Nadaprabhu Kempegowda layout.

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