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Poor attitude of Uttarakhand government on fire, sharp questions from Supreme Court on smoldering forests


Special Correspondent, New Delhi: The Supreme Court has expressed strong displeasure with the Uttarakhand government in the matter of stopping forest fires. The Supreme Court said, we are pained to say that the attitude of the state government has been indifferent in the matter of controlling forest fire. The court said, you showed us gardens, whereas the situation is much more frightening. There is forest fire at 280 places. The court directed the Chief Secretary of the state to appear in person on May 17.

‘Enough workforce should be provided to extinguish the fire’

The Supreme Court said that the Uttarakhand government should show seriousness and promptness in extinguishing the forest fire. The attitude of the state government did not show prompt action. Forest department employees should not be put on duty during elections and Chardham Yatra. Adequate workforce should be provided to extinguish the fire. The Supreme Court also raised the issue of large number of vacancies in the Forest Department in the state and said that recruitment on the vacant posts should be done soon. The top court was hearing a petition regarding incidents of fire in the forests of Uttarakhand.

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The court asked the center, why less funds were given

The Supreme Court told the Center that despite the state demanding Rs 10 crore, you provided only Rs 3.15 crore. The Center said that we gave them more funds to control the fire. On this the court asked the state government where the remaining money was spent. Uttarakhand government said that 9 thousand personnel are engaged in extinguishing the fire in the state. The Supreme Court said, many schemes are prepared by the government but many times steps are not taken for their implementation.

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The petitioner said that he was setting fire knowingly.

The petitioner told the Supreme Court that many people are knowingly setting fire to the forest so that they can sell the leaves coming out of the trees. In the last hearing, the Uttarakhand government had informed the court about the steps taken to control the forest fires. The state government had said that only 0.1 percent of the wildlife area of ​​the state has been affected due to the fire. There have been 398 fire incidents since November last year, all of them human-caused. 350 criminal cases have been registered related to the fire incident.

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