State’s private forest demarcation plan receives setback from NGT
By Heraldgoa 06-Sep-2019
Tivim MLA expresses shock!
Goa Foundation in an application filed before the NGT Principal Bench, pointed out that the final report of the Review Committee, to review the private forest findings of the Sawant and Karapurkar committee, had been submitted to the Goa government on June 21, 2019 and that it ought to have been produced before the Court. However, at the last minute, it was rejected by the then Forest Minister (Vijai Sardesai) and a decision was taken at that time to appoint one more Review Committee.
The Tribunal issued an order via a video conferencing on September 3. It directed the State to place before them the Review Committee’s report submitted on June 21, 2019 and to specify the reason for rejecting the same by way of an affidavit before the next date of hearing, which has been scheduled for December 10.
"We are of the view that it would be of relevance to go through the final report referred to by the applicant if such a report does exist. It would also be necessary to consider the reasons for the rejection of the report submitted by the Review Committee," the order passed by the division bench stated.
Last month, the State had constituted a three-member panel headed by Joint Secretary Revenue, while the other members are Director of Settlements and Land Records and Deputy Conservator of Forest, South Division. It was directed to finalise the report on private forests submitted by the Review Committee, after considering the objections of affected parties whose properties are going to be identified as private forests. The report has to be submitted within the next three months.
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