Forest minister seeks help from ‘right-holders’ to prevent forest fires



Shimla: In view of the apprehension of increasing fire incidences during the on-going summer season, Forest Minister JP Nadda has appealed to the people to be vigilant and extend their cooperation to the forest department in controlling such devastating fires. He said that the department has taken effective preventive measures to ensure that no fire incidence takes place across the state. He said the unstinted cooperation was expected from the beneficiaries and right-holders of the forest areas and pastures concerned in the perfect implementation of these measures.

The minister further appealed that due to sudden rise in temperature, a number of forest fires were occurred across the state and many more may be expected over the coming dry-spell. He said although the forest department was making all-out efforts to contain these forest fires, it was, however, essential that cooperation of all people especially villagers living in and around ‘Chil’ forest areas was solicited.

Nadda informed that ‘Rapid Response Teams’ have already been constituted in each forest range and divisional headquarters throughout the state, which would spring into action as soon as information is received regarding any forest fire incidence.

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