Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said that increasing forest area in the state is good news for the world. On Wednesday, he attended the inaugural session of the one-day workshop of Chief Conservator of Forests and Forest Officers held at the Academy of Administration. Addressing the gathering here, he said, 'There is a need to increase innovation in the forest sector.' He said, 'Van Vihar in Bhopal is a big gift in itself. Develop it as a model that people from Singapore also come here for night safari. '
He also said, 'In this era of climate change, it is necessary to protect not only humans but only animals. Increasing forest area in the state is good news for the world. Addressing the gathering further, he said, 'Service and public protection of the public is the responsibility of the officers and employees of the Forest Service. It is important to be sensitive to the problems of the people living in the forest area. All eligible persons should get leases under the Forest Rights Act without any hassle.' He also said, 'As much as the forest dwellers have the responsibility to save the environment, so do the other people. The forest dwellers should not have any kind of problem. Strict action is required on various mafia operating in the forest area. New curbs happening in the forest area should be stopped.'
He further congratulated all forest officials on becoming the state's tiger state, increasing the number of leopards, gongs and vultures. During this, the Chief Minister also said, 'Forest area has been expanded only with the cooperation of the public. In this, the work of forest committees is commendable. Jhabua is an example of this. There is a need to increase agricultural forestry. Praised the work done at the level of society towards carbon credit in Indore'. He also said, "There is a need for simplification of rules regarding the use of trees planted on our land. There is a need to increase employment opportunities in forest-based activities and sale of forest produce. The importance of forest medicines has increased during the Corona period. We have to consider what activities can be done from the forest area apart from wood."
Addressing the gathering further, the Chief Minister also said that security of the forest staff will be ensured in every situation. Forest's contribution to the state's gross domestic product is 2%. We have to increase it to 5%. There is a need to meet the targets related to the forest department in a time-bound manner under the roadmap laid down for the creation of self-sufficient Madhya Pradesh.