The State Vigilance Commission, in a significant order, has directed the Principal Chief Conservator Forests, J&K for initiation of Departmental Action against Forest Range Officer, Nowshera, District Rajouri.
The Commission has issued the direction while proceeding on a complaint against Mohinder Lal, the then Block Officer, Jhangar, Range Nowshera, presently Range Officer Nowshera, for illegal grabbing of forest land measuring 20 kanals and its subsequent revenue entry in Khasra Girdawari in his own name and his co-shares by fraudulent means.
SDM Nowshera, in his report to the Commission, has also prima-facie established illegal grabbing of forest land by the said Forest Officer.
The SDM was called on 24-07-2015 to get the encroachment of 20 kanals of Forest land by the senior Forest Officer retrieved which was done and Revenue entry also got corrected on 23-10-2015 by expunging the illegal entry in Khasra Girdawari in the name of the Forest Officer. The said forest land is now back in possession of the Government Department by the quick action of SDM Nowshera.
The Commission while taking serious note of the matter, held that “it is unfortunate for that the employer who was supposed to protect the Forests and Forest land, had not only grabbed the same but also allotted the same to himself and his co-shares to loot the Green Gold of the State”.