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Capacity building workshop on Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 held

Port Blair ,

      A one day workshop on the procedures to be followed for taking approval of the Central Govt. for diversion of Forest land under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 for various non forestry activities was held at Van Sadan, Haddo yesterday. The workshop was organized jointly by Integrated Regional Office (IRO), GoI, MoEF&CC, Chennai with Department of Environment & Forests, Andaman & Nicobar Administration.
     The workshop was conducted as part of the initiative taken by the Chief Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar Administration, Shri Jitendra Narain for building up the capacity of various user agencies to secure timely clearances for diversion of forest land for various developmental activities. Shri R Hemant Kumar, Deputy Director General of Forests (Central), Shri Sasi Kumar, Deputy Inspector General of Forests (Central)  IRO, MoEF&CC, Chennai and Shri P. Subramanyam, PCCF, ANI along with  others senior Officers of various Departments of Andaman & Nicobar Administration, central agencies attended the workshop. 
      In his opening remarks, Shri R Hemant Kumar, DDG stated that the Integrated Regional Office is striving to help and guide the user agencies in securing the approvals for project proposals at the earliest possible. He therefore urged the user agencies to help the IRO, MoEF&CC, Chennai through submission of complete proposals with mandated documents so that his office can help them through timely approvals.
     Shri P Subramanyam, PCCF in his address emphasized that the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 is not a prohibitive but a regulatory legislation which allows diversion of forest land for various development activities after prior approval of Central Government. He therefore urged the representatives of the user agencies present in the workshop to ensure that the applications for diversion of forest land along with all necessary documents is submitted timely to the Forest Department for onward processing.
     A power point presentation on the various procedural aspects of the Forest (Conservation) Act was made during the workshop and the queries raised by the various agencies/departments present in the workshop were clarified. The user agencies conveyed their appreciation to the department and IRO, MoEF&CC, Chennai for conducting the workshop which had helped them in better understanding of the procedures under the Forest (Conservation) Act 1980, a press release from Forest Department said.