Jaipur. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot directed to develop Lav-Kush Vatika in each district to promote eco-tourism in the state. Mr. Gehlot was addressing a review meeting of the Forest Department at the Chief Minister’s residence on Tuesday. He said that such models related to forest and wildlife should be established in the gardens, so that children can get education about environment and wildlife conservation.
He said that the plan for distributing medicinal plants is very good, there is a need to increase their scope. In future, along with medicinal, fruit plants should also be distributed. The Chief Minister said that to maintain environmental balance, it is most important to conserve wildlife and expand forests. He directed the forest officers to make every effort to increase the greenery in the entire state along with the forest area. Bringing transparency in departmental work and completing budget announcements on time.
To develop forest area, make public a participant in planting more and more saplings in monsoon.
Shri Gehlot said that the cases of environmental clearance in the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) should be disposed of in a time bound and transparent manner so that the applicants do not suffer any kind of loss. He said that it is the responsibility of the State Government to ensure that the applicants get approvals as per rules for setting up their industries and other works. He also directed for early disposal of pending cases under Forest Conservation Act (FCA). He directed to complete all the announcements in a planned manner on time.
He also directed to take strict steps to prevent incidents like tampering of wildlife in the forest area. Along with this, the tourists visiting the sanctuary should also be made aware about the safety of wildlife. He made progress of Wildlife Management Training Center in Talchhapar Sanctuary of Churu, development of Chambal Gharial Sanctuary from tourism point of view, starting ‘Padmashree Kailash Sankhla Smriti Van’ in Jodhpur, construction of City Nature Park in Fatehpur-Sikar and other works. On this occasion, Forest and Environment Minister Hemaram Chaudhary said that continuous efforts are being made by the department to complete the budget announcements on time.