BADC Demands White Paper On Funds Spent On Afforestation in Poonch

Jammu and Kashmir Border Area Development Conference(JK_BADC) a registered organization working for the rights of border residents has called for a white paper on the Status of afforestation in border district Poonch and funds spent thereof in this regard.

Alleging massive discrepancies in number of trees planted on paper and actual afforestation in the district, the organization has demanded a full fledged audit of the funds spent by the forest department on the name of afforestation during last 5 years.

Dr Shazad Ahmed Malik, Chairman of the BADC and former Vice Chancellor alleged that millions of rupees are spent under state and central schemes on the name of forest area development and wild life protection but no one knows the actual status and the results therefore it is imperative that the government orders an independent audit of the forest department in district Poonch and find out the difference between the actual spending and the funds utilized on paper.

The BADC Chairman said people have the right to know when, where and how their hard earned money is being spent, but the forest department here works in complete classified manner that raises more doubts.

Dr Shazad informed that the elected Panchayat members had also brought this issue into his notice regarding the role of some officers of the forest department. He demanded active participation of Gram Panchayats, Activists and NGOs in afforestation programs conducted by the Forest department in the border district Poonch.