Non forest land
Divisional Commissioner Jammu in a recent review meeting has asked the officials to expedite the work of felling of trees from non forest land.
Reviewing the cases of permissions for felling Khair trees, he took note of the pending permissions in the districts. He directed the Deputy Commissioners to facilitate speedy permissions by expediting the title verification and other procedures to ensure early submission of the same to the Chief Conservator of Forest. Pertinently, several delegations of PRIs approached the Divisional Commissioner office with the demand to get title verifications done expeditiously by the revenue officers.
Khair, found in subtropical areas of Jammu region of UT, is an important cash crop for the farmers, especially in Kandi zones. It comes up profusely in non irrigated lands and thus plays an important role in compensating the farmers for their less productive land.
Khair exists in the nine territorial divisions viz; Reasi, Mahore, Udhampur, Ramnagar, Rajouri, Nowshera, Jammu, Kathua and Billawar spread over six districts viz Reasi, Rajouri, Jammu, Samba, Kathua and Udhampur.
He said that the roaster is defined in SRO 111 of 2016 for grant of approvals to the permissions of felling of Khair Trees. As per SRO no Khair tree shall be felled or converted for any purpose without permission granted under the extant rules.