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Slap PD Act on smugglers, poachers: KCR to police

HYDERABAD: The state government has made up our minds to crack the whip on smugglers following a spurt in killings of tigers by means of poachers and trees smuggling within the forest areas. Chief minister Okay Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday directed the forest officials to invoke the Preventive Detention (PD) Act against them and to work on a new law with stringent norms to give protection to forests.

Talking difficult, the CM prompt the officials to not spare anyone. “If any TRS leader or worker is located serious about smuggling, action should be taken against him first,” he mentioned. Asking the department to identify the areas where unlawful felling of forests is on a big scale, he mentioned each and every effort must be made so that no longer a single tree is misplaced. Smuggling is rampant in large tracts of forest land in Adilabad, Khammam, Karimnagar and Warangal districts.

At a evaluate assembly with forest and police officials right here, the CM mentioned the intelligence wing should even be involved to identify the smugglers. “Apart from putting in place extra checkposts, joint flying squads comprising armed police and forest officials should be formed. These squads are along with the regular squads that keep an eye on all routes into the forests,” KCR mentioned.

Collectors, SPs and forest officers should evolve an action plan to give protection to the forests, “The present Forest Act needs to be thoroughly reviewed and relooked. If necessary, bring a new Act to give protection to the forests and punish the encroachers and smugglers,” he warned.

KCR asked the officials to undertake a multi-pronged technique. Firstly, the present forest needs to be protected in toto. Secondly, the misplaced forest needs to be rejuvenated. While social forestry needs to be taken up in rural areas, air pollution needs to be regulated in cities like Hyderabad and Warangal by means of bettering greenery at two other levels,” the manager minister mentioned.

Expressing worry, the CM mentioned there should be 33% green cover within the geographical areas of the state, which is recently most effective 24% as according to records but most effective 12% exists in truth.

Chief secretary SK Joshi, DGP Mahender Reddy, leader consultant Rajiv Sharma and senior forest officials were provide.

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