Unauthorized saw mills use wood from the nearby forest reserves.
Hyderabad: The Telangana Forest Department has in progress that the process of disciplinary act against 20 forest officers, including two divisional forest officers and six forest range officers, after they ignored the presence of unauthorized saw mills within their jurisdiction.
The stern act has been initiated ensuring a report by TS Vigilance and Enforcement sector.
Unauthorized saw mills use wood from the nearby forest reserves, causing main habitat loss. Also, the Supreme Court has given out a blanket ban on them.
Sources from the TS forest unit said two DFOs, Sridhar Rao of Siddipet and the then member of flying squad, Ravindra Rathod, and six FROs in work at Narsapur, Sangareddy, Zaheerabad, Nizamabad and Siddipet were involved in the continued carelessness.
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“These officers didn’t take any action against the erring saw mills, which were mostly on the trot without licenses. Vigilance sleuths led a detailed investigation and submitted a report to the government and the Vigilance Commission, which in turn ordered disciplinary act,” an official from the forest department whispered.
TS Principal Chief Conservator of Forests P. K. Jha said: “In 2002, the Supreme Court had given out orders stopping all unauthorized saw mills. Earlier, in 2012, a petition was filed at the HC stating that the SC’s commands have not been obeyed. Responding to this, the department has conducted a massive drive against these mills. But, in particular cases, we found certain mills were running with expired licenses.”