Awangbow Newmai inaugurates Tengnoupal Forest Division Complex
Forest, Environment and Climate Change Minister Awangbow Newmai today inaugurated Tengnoupal Forest Division Complex in the presence of D Korunghthang, MLA, Tengnoupal AC; MH Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Forest, Environment and Climate Change; Kereilhouvi Angami, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force (PCCF and HoFF) and other Forest officers.
Addressing the department officers at the newly inaugurated Tengnoupal Forest Division complex, Awangbow Newmai instructed the officers to focus on raising awareness among the general public regarding the various activities of the department. He opined that the public lack clarity, especially in the hills regarding the activities of the department. Thanking the village authorities for giving land to construct the complex, the Minister said that the department must focus on raising awareness to the public of the project or programme to be implemented. Expressing hope that the newly inaugurated complex will help in the smooth functioning of the office, he appealed to the public to cooperate with the department who are working for the welfare of the people.
The Minister also said that collective participation is needed in safeguarding the ecosystem. He also spoke about the various schemes provided by the department and the Government. Dr L Jeeceelee, DFO, Tengnoupal Division presented a presentation on achievements and activities of the division, which is spread across 1553.75 sq km. Informing that the division is carrying out schemes under the State Plan, CAMPA, NBM, TRIFED, IFMS and NAP, she said the division aims to develop SHGs to imbibe entrepreneurship quality under the TRIFED scheme. She informed that the division is also indulged in other activities like rescuing of wild animals, curbing the wildlife forest offences and awareness/sensitization programmes.
Appealing for strengthening the staff of the Tengnoupal Forest Division to the Ministerial team, she said at present the division has 18 field staff out of the sanctioned strength of 32. She also appealed for the construction of a DFO quarter, staff quarters and to provide vehicles for patrolling. Rajkumar Mayanglambam, DC Tengnoupal; Dr AK Joshi, Additional PCCF (Wildlife); Dr DD Haokip, Additional PCCF (National Bamboo Mission); Soreiphy Vashum, CCF (APM); W Yaiskul Singh, CCF, T-II; SS Chhabra, CCF (Development); KS Tawmbing, Conservator of Forest, Eastern Circle; A Ranabir Singh, Range Officer, Tengnoupal Range among others were also present at the inauguration of the complex.
Earlier in the day the ministerial team also visited and inspected the plantation done under the CAMPA at the Lamkang Khunou Centre. The team also visited the Khoibu Bamboo Development Society, a bamboo processing unit under the National Bamboo Mission (NBM) at Khangshim village. Awangbow Newmai checked the bamboo products at the unit followed by interaction with the people working there.