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Javadekar Issues Stern Warning Against Sand Mining Mafia on National Forest Martyrs Day

File picture of Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.

In a stern message in opposition to the unlawful observe, he stated the state of affairs shall be reviewed and people discovered not abiding shall be punished.

  • PTI New Delhi
  • Last Updated: September 11, 2020, 10:43 PM IST


Paying tributes to martyred forest officers, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday got here down closely on sand mining mafia, saying assaults on income or forest officers won’t be tolerated and strict motion shall be taken in opposition to the culprits. The remarks come on National Forest Martyrs Day noticed for the primary time by the surroundings ministry.

Javadekar, in a digital interplay, appealed to states to make stern legal guidelines to deal with sand mining mafia. In a stern message in opposition to the unlawful observe, he stated the state of affairs shall be reviewed and people discovered not abiding shall be punished. Expressing deep anguish over the loss of life of a forest workers who was killed by sandalwood smugglers in Rajasthan’s Alwar, the minister stated amendments shall be made in laws in order that sandalwood may be cultivated extra broadly.

Revenue or forest officers doing their responsibility are killed. Attacks on them won’t be tolerated. We will make strict legal guidelines, there shall be stringent punishment provisions. This is essential, in any other case our nature shall be looted, rivers will dry up, he tweeted in Hindi. In one other tweet he stated, At @MOEFCC we noticed the #ForestMartyrsDay on the nationwide degree for the primary time, in recognition of forest personnel who sacrificed their lives for the safety of the environment, forest and wildlife.

Forest residence guard Kewal Singh was mowed down by a tractor when he alongside along with his colleague tried to cease suspected members of mining mafia contained in the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar in July this yr. The surroundings minister appealed to the state governments to take the problem of sand mining mafia critically and impose strict legal guidelines to carry an finish to the observe.

He appealed that sustainable sand mining should be practised in order to stop the depletion of pure sources from river beds, the ministry stated in a press word. In order to stop the river beds from drying fully, sustainable sand mining should be practised and killings of foresters or income workers working in direction of the initiative of sustainable sand mining is totally unacceptable and that steps shall be taken to ensure the offenders are punished, the ministry stated.

According to the ministry, the minister additionally stated that regardless of the brand new sustainable sand mining guidelines and laws being handed, many states and areas aren’t abiding by the foundations. This yr, households of 25 martyred forest officers have been given the certificates of recognition, it stated.

As per the small print shared by the ministry, within the yr 2019-2020, 25 forest officers have been killed. The causes for the killings embrace assault by poachers, sand mafia, mining mafia, leopards, elephants, tigers and sandal smugglers. Of the 25 deaths, over seven deaths have been reported from Kerala and Madhya Pradesh.

Other states the place forest officers, together with forest watchers, forest guards, drivers, vary officers and safety watchers misplaced their lives are Karnataka, Assam, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and UT Jammu and Kashmir.

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