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INFORMATION BOOKLET PREPARED FOR FULFILLMENT OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT 2005.

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Chapter – 1

Introduction

Background :

In order to bring transparency on the day-to-day happenings of the Forest Department, the Forest Department of Andhra Pradesh intends to bring a hand book on the activities of the department for the dissemination to the public on the Key issues.

 

    • Objectives / purpose of this information handbook :

 

This Handbook in general discloses about the aims and objectives of the department, the duties and responsibilities of the Forest Department employees, the services rendered by the department to the public.

 

    • Who are the intended users of the handbook

 

Citizens, Civil society organizations, public representatives, officers and employees of public authorities including Public information Officers and Assistant Public Information Officers and Appellate Officers, Central and State Information Commissions etc.,

 

    • Definitions of key terms :

 

C.F = Conservator of Forests,

D.F.O = Divisional Forest Officer,

F.R.O = Forest Range Officer,

A.P.I.O = Assistant Public Information Officer,

P.I.O = Public Information Officer,

C.C.F = Chief Conservator of Forests,

Addl.P.C.C.F = Addl. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests,

P.C.C.F = Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.

 

    • Organization of information :

 

 

Page 1

Introduction

Page 2

Organization, Functions and Duties.

Page 3

Powers and duties of Forest Officers.

Page 10

Procedure followed in the decision making process including channels of supervision and accountability.

Page 11

Citizen Charter of Andhra Pradesh Forest Department.

Page 13

Availability of Information

Page 16

Rules, Regulations etc.,

Page 19

Arrangement for consultation or presentation by the members of the public in relation to formulation of policy or implementation thereof.

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Whether meetings of the boards, committees open to public.

Page 21

Directory of officers and staff.

Page 23

Monthly remuneration received by officers and staff.

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The budget allocations under different schemes.

Page 24

Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorizations.

Page 24

Information in Electronic Forms.

Page 24

Facilities available to citizens for obtaining information.

Page 24

Publications

Page 24

Museums

Page 24

Training facilities.

Page 25

State Forest Policy

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Community Forest Management.

 

    • Getting additional information :

 

Sources – Assistant Public Information Officer,

Public Information Officer.

 

The concerned person intending to elicit information can apply in a letter form with a fee tag as prescribed by the Act .

 

1.7 Name and address of Key contact persons.

 

Assistant Public Information Officer :

 

Name : Sri V. Srinivas Rao ,

Designation : Junior Assistant, A. P. Hyderabad .

Telephone No : 9247297991

 

Public Information Officer :

 

Name : Sri Anil Kumar ,

Designation : Superintendent, A.P. Hyderabad.

Telephone No : 9848202438

 

Appellate Authority :

 

Name : Sri A. Sudhakar , IFS, Curator,

Designation : Nehru Zoological Park, A.P. Hyderabad

Telephone : 9440810162

 

 

  • ORGANISATION, FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES:

 

The Andhra Pradesh Forest Department looks after the forest areas in the State of Andhra Pradesh . The Department protects conserves and maintains the forests.

 

The hierarchy in the Department is as follows:

 

Range – A range is the basic unit of functioning in the Forest Department and the Forest Range Officer in-charge of the Range executes the different works and performs such other duties as may be assigned. For administrative convenience, a range is divided into Sections and Beats looked after by Forest Section Officer and Forest Beat Officer/Assistant Forest Beat Officer respectively.

 

Division – Few ranges constitute a Division which is headed by a Divisional Forest Officer. The Divisional Forest Officer can be from State Service (SFS) or from Indian Forest Service (IFS).

 

Circle – Few Divisions constitute a Circle which is headed by a Conservator of Forests. The Conservator of Forests is from IFS only.

 

Head Office – All the Forest Circles are under the control of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests who is Head of the Department.

 

The instructions/orders from Government are issued to the Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests who in turn communicates them to the Conservators of Forests. The Conservators of Forests communicate these instructions/orders to his Divisional Forest Officers. And the Divisional Forest Officers in turn may communicate to the Forest Range Officers if the subject matter requires so.

 

Any representation/application can be submitted to concerned Forest Range Officer or Divisional Forest Officer. If the application requires orders from Conservator of Forests or Chief Conservator of Forests, the same will be submitted through a report to the superior officers.

 

 

  • POWERS AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS:

 


CHAPTER – XI OF A.P.FOREST DEPT.CODE

DUTIES OF FOREST OFFICERS

148. General

 

The duty of Forest Officer is to manage the forests under his control consistent with the objects of managements in each case. He has to attend to various works connected with the protection and improvement of the forests, propagation of trees and production of forest produce as well as its utilization and marketing. He must have a thorough knowledge of the climatic, edaphic and biotic factors influencing the state of forests, the distribution of forests and their classification and type. He must be able to identify the different kind of trees in his forests, and must know the uses to which each can be put and the localities where they are best adopted. He must be able to manage forest nurseries and know how to plant tree and when and how to sow seeds and when and where one is preferable to the other. He must know what wild animals and birds are available, how they should be protected and what law and rule govern the shooting or capturing of wild animals and birds. He must know procedure and accounting in the forest Department.

 

149. Addl. PCCF/Chief Conservator Of Forests:

 

The Addl. PCCF/Chief Conservator of Forests would assist the Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests, in his technical and administrative work. The subject to the Addl. PCCF/Chief Conservator of Forests would be allotted, as per discretion of Prl.Chief Conservator of forests / Government. All correspondence of the Department addressed to the Government relating to policy matters shall pass through Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests or emanate from him, after discussing with the Addl. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests / the Chief Conservator of Forests and other officers.

 

The Addl. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests / Chief Conservator of Forests will make tours as per programme approved by Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests. During these tours, they will inspect important forests woks, with particular reference to his subjects dealt by them besides inspecting important developmental programmes under progress and render assistance to field officers. They would be also required to carry out any specific duties assigned to them by Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests.

 

150. Conservator of Forests:

 

  • A Conservator of Forests is in administrative Charge of Forest Circle or Special circle, and is responsible within his jurisdiction, for the general direction and supervision of all the forest work, for control of establishment of expenditure, sales and supplies and for general management of forests.

 

  • He is subordinate to the PCCF/Addl.PCCF/Chief Conservator of Forests and he will obtain orders and instruction from them in all professional matters, protection of forests and other related issues.

 

  • He will regulate the budget allotment within his circle and exercise control over the expenditure. He will make tour or inspection, visiting every Division in his charge. During these inspections, he will inspect natural forests, examine the adequacy of the protective measures, and supervise the work of DFO/Sub DFO and Forest Range Officer.

 

  • He will conduct detailed inspection once a year of each division as prescribed in the code and other inspection as per the instructions issued by Prl.Chief Conservator of Forests from time to time.

 

  • Conservator of Forests, in-charge of Research will keep himself abreast with the latest trends in Forestry research and development of forests. He will keep close contact with other instructions conducting research in Forestry and coordinate research work in the department. He will document and store the results obtained in the research work taken up by department and other institutions, and also keep track of the laboratory to field condition studies of the research programmes.

 

151. Divisional Forest Officer:-

 

  • The Divisional Forest Officer is responsible for the general management and protection of the forests situated in his division, the administration of the division under his charge the execution of all forest works in the division and exercise direct control over the forest establishment employed therein.

 

  • He exercises a direct control over the Forest establishment in the Division and it is his duty to see that the Executive, protective, Ministerial and other forest staff in the Division maintain discipline and attend to their duties properly.

 

  • He is immediately subordinate to the Conservator of Forests, of the circle in all matters and will receive orders and instructions from him, besides complying with the instructions from him, besides complying with instructions of the Head Office under exigencies of service.

 

  • He will arrange for regeneration, improvement, exploitation and protection of forests according to sanctioned working plans, management plan

 

  • He will conduct sales, enter into contracts and supply timber and other forest produce to other Departments and to the public. (Excluding supplies to industries).
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    • He will realize revenue allotted to the Division and control the expenditure in the Division.

     

    • He will deal with all forest offence cases in the Division.

     

    • He will conduct inspection of all forest works in the division and check-measure the works as prescribed in this code.

     

    • He will see that nursery and plantation Journals, Control books, Control Journals are posted up to date.

     

    • He should make surprise inspection of Range Offices and verify the maintenance of office records, stores and cash books.

     

    • He should test check the stock of timber or other forest produces whenever he visits a depot.

     

    • He should perform any special work or duty which may be entrusted to him by his superiors.

     

    • He will conduct annual inspection of Range Officers, depots and test check the beat inspections of each Range. He shall, however, inspect all vulnerable beats prone to smuggling once in a year.

     

    152. Sub-Divisional Forest Officers:-

     

    • Sub-Divisional Forest Officer is immediately subordinate to the Divisional Forest Officer in all matters, receives orders and instructions from him and assists him in supervision and inspection of works, including check measurement and in control of the establishment.

     

    • He will inspect the Range Offices, depots etc., in his Sub-Division and see that the accounts, registers and books are maintained in order and posted up to date.

     

    • He will carry out inspection of beats and wherever the Range Officer has not reported the illicit fellings and encroachment, he will make a detailed report to the Divisional Forest Officer.

     

    • He will compound or deal with forest offence cases booked by him or Range Officer as per delegation of power in A. P. Forest Act 1967.

     

    • Wherever there are no territorial sub-divisions, the Assistant Conservator of Forests attached to the division will perform the duties entrusted to him by the divisional Forest Officer

     

    154. Silviculturist/Forest Geneticist: -

     

    • Silviculturist or Forest Geneticist will work under the direction of the Conservator of Forests, Research and Development Circle and in collaboration with the territorial Forest Officers conduct research into problems confronting the forestry practices in the region of the State where his office is located.

     

    • Silviculturist or Forest Geneticist will evolve Plantation and regeneration techniques of various species, introduce exotic species of economic value, investigate methods for improvement of the growing stock and Soil fertility, find out suitable species for afforestation of denuded and arid tracts. Cultivation of medicinal plants and other plants of economic importance. They will also investigate measures for the conservation of soil and moisture, and measures for controlling and preventing any disease concerning plant species and weed problems.

     

    • They will compile statistical data regarding the rate of increment and prepare volume and yield tables for important species, and also prepare s Silviculturist ledger of various species.
    • They will conduct experiments in Forest Genetics, hybridization of different species and seed origin. They will for the above purposes, maintain necessary experimental, research and demonstration plots.

     

    • They will be the coordinating agency for the supply and distribution of seeds and other planting material both within and outside the State.

     

    • They will keep contact with Silviculturist, in the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun and Silviculturist of the other States, exchange notes with them, and conduct and guide Silviculturist research in the State.

     

    • They will also do any special work or duty that may be entrusted to them by superior officers.

     

    155. Forest Range Officer: -

     

    • Forest Range Officer is the officer in executive charge of the Range and he is responsible for the efficient management of the Range, for the custody and condition of all Government Property in his charge and for the discipline, conduct and work of all his subordinate staff.

     

    • He is responsible for the execution of all works in the Range, with the help of Forest Section Officers and Guards, according to the instructions and orders of Divisional Forest Officer/Sub Divisional Forest Officer.

     

    • He is responsible for the collection and credit of Forest Revenue and for prompt and correct payment of all sums due for the works executed.

     

    • He must carry out his inspections in detail and see that all his subordinates do their work properly. In the event of serious misconduct of any subordinate, the Range Officers should report the case to Divisional Forest Officer/Sub DFO for disciplinary action.

     

    • He should maintain all accounts, relating to revenue, expenditure, timber and other forest produce, and submit his accounts and reports punctually to Division Office through the Sub DFO.

     

    • He should take effective measures to protect the forest Wealth in his custody. Where illicit fellings are observed, the stumps should be examined to find out if they bear the impression of the guards hammer mark and if they were reported through guard’s dairy book and preliminary offence respect (P.O.R.). Range Officer is responsible for the protection and he should investigate Forest Offences in his Range, and file charge sheets for the cases ordered for prosecution by Divisional Forest Officer.

     

    • He will execute the sanctioned works at the rates not exceeding the sanctioned rates and record measurements and quantities of work done.

     

    • He is responsible for the correct posting of works registers, ledgers Journals. Plantation registers and other stationary registers maintained in the Range.

     

    • He should always wear the prescribed uniform whenever he is on duty, and he should see that all Section Officers, guards and watchers wear the uniform when on duty.

     

    • He should submit his weekly diaries with details of works allotted, their progress during the week, status of protection of forests, etc., to give a comprehensive picture of the Range.

     

    • All correspondences connected with the works in the Range should pass through Range Officer and any subordinate wishing to submit representation to the Divisional Forest Officer or other Superior Officer may do so only through him. Court summons issued to any subordinate should similarly be served through the Forest Range Officer, who has to arrange for the duties of the subordinate being carried out during his absence.

     

    • He is responsible to prepare annual plan of operations for the Range based upon the sanctioned working plan, working Scheme or executive instructions and prepare necessary estimates and execute the works after obtaining sanctions and the budget.

     

    • He shall inspect the beats as per the programme given by Divisional Forest Officer, and each beat in his Range should be inspected at least once in a calendar year, and submit a detailed report regarding state of boundaries, condition of forests, damage due to biotic pressures nature of offences etc.,

     

    156. Dy. Ranger and Forester: -

    • A Section Officer (either Dy. Ranger or Forester) is directly responsible of Forest Range Officer for the proper protection of forests and other Government property included in his Section and for the execution of such works as may be ordered to be carried out.

     

    • He should maintain the discipline of Forest Guards and Watchers and see that they know their duties and carry them out efficiently.

     

    • He should be frequently patrolling and perambulating of the Beats under his jurisdiction, see that the Beat Guards maintain the boundary lines and boundary marks of forest blocks in proper repairs and order and take steps to prevent illicit felling, encroachments in t he Beats. He will make report to the Range Officer whenever there is any illicit fellings and encroachments giving the details.

     

    • He will assist the Range Officer in the Execution of works, detection and investigation of forest offences, checking of forest produce in transit, and assist in other works.

     

    • He should see that the Preliminary Offence report is respect of forest offences detected by him and his Beat Guards are promptly sent to the Range Officer and the Divisional Forest Officer.

     

    • He should submit his weekly diaries promptly to Range Officer giving details of cases booked and works executed.

     

    • He will wear uniform when on duty and carry with him a map of his Section, diary, bill book, Form A, B, C, books C.F. 140 etc.

     

    • He should not correspond or file any representations except through his Range Officer.

     

    • He shall also perform any other duties that are allotted to him by his superior officers.

     

    157. Forest Beat Officer/Forest Guards: -

     

    • Forest Guard must know the boundaries of his Beat thoroughly and prevent encroachment, and protect his Beat against injury from fire or other causes.

     

    • He should patrol the forests constantly in his Beat to prevent offences, and where the offences are detected he must record the offence in the Form – A, and submit it promptly to Range Officer.

     

    • He should maintain the boundary lines and boundary marks in forest blocks in proper order and repair.

     

    • He should cut creepers and climbers during his perambulation in the forests.

     

    • He should keep the sign boards and name boards of forests, Plantations in good condition and repair.

     

    • He should check forest produce in transit and see that the forest produce is not removed except in accordance with the transit rules.

     

    • He should control and supervise over such of the works as ordered by Section Officer and Range Officer. He should carry out Silvicultural works such as sowing. Plantings, nursery works, Collection of seeds, Creeper cutting, pruning, thinning and other cultural operations as ordered by Section Officer and Range Officer.

     

    • He should wear his uniform whenever on duty and carry the Forms A, B, V, books, diary book, bill book, beat map etc.

     

    • He should affix on illicitly cut stumps of trees in the forest, a hammer mark prescribed for the purpose, make a note of the exact locality, description and number of such stumps in his diary book and report about them to the Range Officer. Where such hammer marks are not found and when no reference to the report made can be produced, it will be presumed that the Forest Guard has failed to patrol and perform his functions properly.

     

    • He should submit all his reports to the Section Officer and the Range Officer promptly, and submit his weekly diaries promptly.

    158. Asst. Beat Officer/Forest watchers: -

     

    Forest Watchers are assigned to each territorial beat, to assist the Forest Guard in his duties. He should proceed along with the guard for patrolling and assist him in detecting offences and apprehending offenders. He should learn the silvicultural operation being carried out in the beat, and should supervise the works as per instructions of guard, Section Officer and Range Officer. He should wear uniform whenever on duty, and carry a bill-book map, report book along with him. He should prevent fires in Forests of his beats, and assist the guard in maintenance of fire lines, boundary marks etc., and he should attend to all other duties as may be assigned to him by his superior Officer.

     

    159. Thanadars at Check Posts: -

     

    Thanadar or officer in-charge of any checking Station, should stop every vehicle passing through the route to check the movement of forest produce. If any forest produce is being removed without a valid permit, he should seize the forest produce and book a forest offence, under transit rules. If the permit is valid, he should put his full signature, with date and time in token of verifying the forest produce under transit. He should take entries of all permits, that pass through the check post and record the description of forest produce, vehicle number, destination etc., in a register to be maintained in Form No.42, and cases, if any, booked should be indicated in the regular. He should submit the reports of forest offences to his Section Officer or Range Officer.

     

     

    • PROCEDURE FOLLOWED IN THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS INCLUDING CHANNELS OF SUPERVISION & ACCOUNTABILITY:

     

    The decision making process depends on the subject matter on which decision is to be made. The policy decisions are made by the Government generally in consultation with Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests. The Conservator of Forests decides the appeals in statutory matters and also deals with disciplinary cases. Most of the decision making is done at division level by Divisional Forest Officer. The decision to be made while executing a work is taken by Forest Range Officer.

     

    The Assistant Forest Beat Officer/Forest Beat Officer are supervised by the Forest Section officer in the category Dy. Forest Range Officer or Forester . The Forest Section Officers are supervised by Forest Range Officer. And the Forest Range Officers in a division are supervised by the Divisional Forest Officer/Sub DFO concerned. The Conservator of Forests supervises the work of Divisional Forest Officers in his Circle.

     

    The Forest range staff comprising of Forest Range Officers, Section Officers and Beat Officers are accountable to the properties assigned to their control. The Divisional Forest Officer is accountable for the functioning of his staff and financial management. The Conservator of Forests is accountable for administrative and financial discipline in his Circle.

     

    • NORMS FOR DISCHARGE OF FUNCTIONS :

     

    The norms are set by the Citizen’s Charter as follows:

     

    CITIZEN CHARTER OF ANDHRA PRADESH ( Forest Dept.)

     

    1. The Aim/purpose of this charter is to work for better quality in public service

     

    2. (Enumeration of services delivered by the department) we deliver the following services

    a) Services at Zoos

    b) Granting of permission for Timber Depots and Sawmills

    c) Supplying of bamboo to Burood Societies

    d) Seedling Distribution

    e) Granting of permission for Felling of private Patta land trees.

    f) Processing the project files for getting permission from Government of India under FC Act- 1980

    g) Redressal of Grievances

    h) Permission for Transportation of Old Hut Material

    i) Granting permission for film shooting in the Forest areas

    j) Redressal on Representation/ Grievances received from the staff.

     

    3. Our aim is to achieve the following service delivery/quality parameters

     

    Nature of Service

    Service Delivery Standards Time limit (days/hours/minutes)

    Remarks

    A. Services at Zoos 

     

    1. To show the visitors the local, National and some international wild animals to possible extent in natural surroundings.

     

    1. To show the visitors animals like Tiger and Lion in their best possible natural habitat in our Safaris and providing proper transport facilities.
    2. To show the visitors some of the nocturnal animals, in simulated night condition when they are active by reversing their bio rhythm and to provide proper interpretation
    3. To educate the visitors about the wildlife with the help of interpretation and signage boards.
    4. To provide recreation to the children with the help of Joy rides on Train and Elephant back at given schedule.

     

    B. Granting of permission for Timber Depots and Sawmills  

    Granting of license for the Depot

     

    C. Supplying of bamboo to Burood Societies

    Allotment of Burood Societies to the Circle/Division for the supply of Bamboo

     

    D. Seedling Distribution

    Supply of seedlings to the people from SF nurseries

     

    E. Granting of permission for Felling of private Patta land trees.

     

     

    1. Granting of felling permission for the non-teak trees in the private patta lands, provided the application is in complete shape
    2. Granting of felling permission for teak trees in the private patta lands.
    3. Granting of felling permission for conversion of charcoal.

     

    F. Processing the project files for getting permission from Government of India under FC Act – 1980

    1. Receipt of project – proposal in PCCF office and forwarding it to the concerned DFO.
    2. Scrutiny of FC Act proposals, Site inspection forest land and non forest land (C.A) and forwarding to Circle Office.
    3. Scrutiny and forwarding the FC Act project proposal to Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Office, from the Circle office.
    4. Scrutiny and forwarding the proposal to the State Govt. from the Office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.

     

    G. Redressal of Grievances

    1. Representations received from public representatives i.e. MP, MLA, etc.
    2. Representations received from public.

     

    H. Permission for Transportation of Old Hut Material

     

    I. Granting permission for film shooting in the Forest areas

     

    J. Representation/ Grievances received from the staff.

     

     

     

     

    This service will be provided between 8-30 AM to 5-00 PM

     

     

     

    9-30 AM to 4-30 PM

     

     

     

     

    8-30 AM to 5-00 PM

     

     

     

     

     

    8-30 AM to 5-00 PM

     

     

     

    Train: At every Half an hour between 8-30 AM to 5-00 PM Elephant:3-00 PM to 5-00PM

     

    30 days

     

     

     

    10 days

     

     

     

     

     

    With in 48 hours subject to the availability of seedlings.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    30 days

     

     

     

     

     

    45 days

     

    30 days

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    15 days

     

     

    45 days

     

     

     

    15 days

     

     

     

     

    15 days

     

     

     

     

     

    Within 30 days

     

    30 days

     

     

    30 days After receipt of application in complete shape.

     

    Within 3 days

     

    30 days

     

     

     

    4. Availability of Information: Information on the following subjects can be obtained from our officers listed below

    1. Information relating to

    2. Name of the Officer

    3. Designation

    4. Located at

    A. Services at Zoos.

     

    1. To show the visitors the local, National and some international wild animals to possible extent in natural surroundings.
    2. To show the visitors animals like Tiger and Lion in their best possible natural habitat in our Safaris/enclosures and providing proper transport facilities wherever available.
    3. To show the visitors some of the nocturnal animals, in simulated night condition when they are active by reversing their bio rhythm and to provide proper Interpretation
    4. To educate the visitors about the wildlife with the help of interpretation and signage boards.
    5. To provide recreation to the children with the help of Joy rides on Train and Elephant back at given schedule.

     

    B. Granting of permission for Timber Depots and Sawmills

    Granting of license for the Depot

     

    C. Supplying of bamboo to Burood Societies

    Allotment of Burood Societies to the Circle/Division for the supply of Bamboo

     

    D. Seedling Distribution

     

    Supply of seedlings to the people from SF nurseries

     

    E. Granting of permission for Felling of private Patta land trees .

    1. Granting of felling permission for the non-teak trees in the private patta lands.
    2. Granting of felling permission for teak trees in the private patta lands.
    3. Granting of felling permission for conversion of charcoal.

     

    F. Processing the project files for getting permission from Government of India under FC Act – 1980

    1. Receipt of project proposal in PCCF Office and forwarding it to the concerned DFO
    2. Scrutiny of FC Act proposals, Site inspection forestland and non-forest land (C.A) and forwarding to Circle Office.
    3. Scrutiny and forwarding the FC Act project proposal to Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests Office.
    4. Scrutiny and forwarding the proposal to the State Govt. from the Office of Prl Chief Conservator of Forests.

     

    G. Redressal of Grievances

    1. Representations received from public representatives i.e. MP, MLA, etc.
    2. Representations received from public.

    H. Permission for Transportation of Old Hut Material

     

    I. Granting permission for film shooting in the Forest areas

     

    J. Representation/ Grievances received from the staff.

     

     

     

    CURATOR, ZOO

     

     

     

     

     

    CURATOR, ZOO

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    CURATOR, ZOO

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    CURATOR, ZOO

     

     

     

     

    CURATOR, ZOO

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    DFO Territorial Forest Division

     

     

     

    Principal Chief Conservator of Forests

     

     

     

    Dy.CF, P&E

     

     

     

     

     

    DFO Territorial Forest Divn.

     

     

    CF Territorial Circle

     

     

    DFO Territorial Forest Divn.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    PCCF

     

     

    Divisional Forest Officer (Territorial), Forest Division

     

     

    Conservator of Forests (Territorial) Circle

     

    Principal Chief Conservator of Forests 

     

     

     

     

    PCCF/CF/DFO

     

     

     

    Divisional Forest Officer

    DFO Territorial Forest Divn.

     

     

    Conservator of Forests 

    (Territorial)

     

    PCCF/CF/DFO

     

     

     

    CURATOR, ZOO

     

     

     

     

     

    CURATOR, ZOO

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    CURATOR, ZOO

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    CURATOR, ZOO

     

     

     

     

    CURATOR, ZOO

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    DFO Territorial Forest Division

     

     

     

    Principal Chief Conservator of Forests

     

     

     

    Dy.CF, P&E

     

     

     

     

     

    DFO Territorial Forest Divn.

     

     

    CF Territorial Circle

     

     

    DFO Territorial Forest Divn.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    PCCF

     

     

    Divisional Forest Officer (Territorial), Forest Division

     

     

    Conservator of Forests (Territorial) Circle

     

    Principal Chief Conservator of Forests

     

     

     

     

    PCCF/CF/DFO

     

     

     

    Divisional Forest Officer

    DFO Territorial Forest Divn.

     

     

    Conservator of Forests 

    (Territorial)

     

    PCCF/CF/ DFO

     

     

     

    Hyderabad/Visakhapatnam/ Tirupati

     

     

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    Hyderabad/Visakhapatnam/ Tirupati

     

     

     

     

    Hyderabad

     

     

     

     

    Hyderabad/Visakhapatnam/ Tirupati

     

     

     

     

     

    Districts

     

     

     

     

    Hyderabad

     

     

     

     

     

    Respective districts.

     

     

     

     

     

    Respective Districts

     

     

    Hyderabad

     

     

     

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    Respective Districts

     

     

    Respective Districts /

    Hyderabad

    5. For information outside Office hours, please contact: - Concerned Conservator of Forests / Divisional Forest Officer in their districts and Reception office in Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Office. Ph. No. 24652424

     

    6. Complaint redressal systems: - Prl.CCF/Prl.CCF (WL)/Addl. Prl.Chief Conservator of Forests (Vig) / Chief Conservator of Forests (Vig), O/o Prl. CCF, Hyd. Ph. No. 24652424 may be contacted.

     

    Courteous and helpful service will be extended by all the staff. If you have any complaints to make in the delivery of the above standards you are welcome to register your complaints with the following officers

     

    a. Sri C.Madhukar Raj , IFS.,

    Principal Chief Conservator of Forests

    Hyderabad

    (O) 040-23231404 (R)040-23312870

    e-mail: prlccf_hf_apfd@ap.gov.in

    b. Sri Hitesh Malhotra,IFS

    Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (WL)

    Hyderabad

    9440810003

    c. Sri C. Sammi Reddy, IFS.

    Spl. Prl.Chief Conservator of Forests (Vig.)

    Hyderabad

    (O)040-23320032
    (R) 040-23322031
    ( Mobile ) 9440810005

    d. Sri R. U. Kashappa, IFS

    CCF(V)AR

    Hyderabad

    (O) 040-23231577
    (Mobile) 9440810169

    7. All complaints will be acknowledged by us within 1 day and final reply on the action taken will be communicated within 30 days.

     

    8. Consultation with our users / stakeholders:

      • We welcome suggestions from users

     

    9. We seek your co-operation on the following

    Citizens’ Charter is a joint effort between us and you to improve the quality of service provided by us and we request you to help us in the following way (Give details relevant to the concerned Departments)

     

      • Inform us about the notorious timber smugglers.
      • Inform us about the Wildlife poachers.
      • Inform us about illegal storage of timber and other forest produce.
      • Inform us about encroachers and encroachments in forestland.

     

    10. Guide Book/ Hand book/ Consumer Help line

    We have published a Handbook for the guidance of our customers. Please contact FUO at D.E.O Building , near Ajanta Gate, Exhibition Grounds, Nampally, Hyderabad . Office for more details. Ph. No. 24742663.

     

    We are committed to constantly revise and improve the services being offered under the Charter.

    LET US JOIN IN MAKING THIS CHARTER A SUCEESS

 

  • RULES, REGULATIONS ETC:

 

The administration of Forest Department is generally carried out as prescribed by the Forest Department Code.

 

The following Acts and Rules are implemented by Forest Department:

 

The Forest laws that are applicable throughout India are:

  1. The Indian Forest Act, 1927
  2. The Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972
  3. The Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980

As the subject of ‘forest’ is in concurrent list of subjects mentioned in Constitution of India, the different States have made their own State laws which are not in conflict with the Indian Forest Act, 1927.

 

The Indian Forest Act 1927 broadly categorizes the forest has reserve forest, village forest, protected forest and non Government forest. The Government may declare any forest land or waste land as reserve forest by following the prescribe procedure. The Government may assign to any village community its right or any reserve forest and after such assignment the forest shall be village forest. Protected forests are constituted by including any forest land or waste land over which Government has proprietary rights. The Government may control the forest and land not being the property of the Government when such land is required for protection against natural calamities, protection of goods etc., the Act provides for imposing duty on timber and other forest produce. It also enables the Government to regulate the transport of timber and other forest produce. It also deals with collection of drift and standard timber. The properties seized are liable to confiscation after due enquiry. The Act empowers the forest officers to implement the provisions of the Act and also gives powers to compel the attendance of the witnesses, record evidence and arrest without a warrant.

 

In Andhra Pradesh the following enactments are in force:

  1. The Andhra Pradesh Forest Act, 1967
  2. The Andhra Pradesh Minor Forest Produce (Regulation of Trade) Act, 1971
  3. The Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Areas Minor Forest Produce (Regulation of Trade) Regulation, 1979
  4. The Andhra Pradesh Forest Produce (Fixation of Selling Prices) Act, 1989.

The other enactments mentioned above are implemented by promulgation of different Rules as mentioned below:

 

1. The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972

    1. The Wildlife (Stock Declaration) Rules, 1973
    2. The Wildlife (Transactions and Taxidermy) Rules, 1973
    3. The Wildlife (Protection) Licensing (additional Matters for Consideration) Rules, 1983
    4. Recognition of zoo Rules, 1992
    5. The Wildlife (Protection) Rules, 1995
    6. The Wildlife (Specified plants- Conditions for possession by licensee) Rules, 1995
    7. The Wildlife (Specified Plants Stock Declaration) Central Rules, 1995.

 

  • The Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980

The Forest (Conservation) Rules, 2003.

  • The Andhra Pradesh Forest Act, 1967
  • The Andhra Pradesh Sandalwood Possession Rules, 1969.
  • The Andhra Pradesh Sandalwood and Red sanders wood

Transit Rules, 1969.

  • The Andhra Pradesh Forest Offences (Compounding and

(Prosecution) Rules, 1969.

  • The Andhra Pradesh Forest Settlement Rules, 1969.
  • The Andhra Pradesh Saw Mills (Regulation) Rules, 1969.
  • The Andhra Pradesh Teak Wood Possession Rules, 1970.
  • The Andhra Pradesh Protected Forest Rules, 1970.
  • The Andhra Pradesh Forest Produce Transit Rules, 1970.
  • The Andhra Pradesh Forest Department Reward Rules

1970.

  • The Andhra Pradesh Drift Wood Rules, 1975.
  • The Andhra Pradesh Forest Contract (Disposal of Forest

produce) Rules, 1977.

  • The Andhra Pradesh Preservation of Private Forest Rules

1978.

  • The Andhra Pradesh Red sander wood Possession Rules,

1989.

  • The Andhra Pradesh Forest Produce (Storage and Depot)

Rules, 1989.

  • The Andhra Pradesh (Protection of Trees and Timber in

public premises) Rules, 1989.

  • The Andhra Pradesh Charcoal (Production and Transport)

Rules, 1992.

 

  • The Andhra Pradesh Minor Forest Produce (Regulation of Trade) Act, 1971.

 

The Andhra Pradesh Minor Forest Produce (Regulation of trade in Abnus leaves) Rules, 1970.

 

  • The Andhra Pradesh Forest Produce (Fixation of Selling Prices) Act, 1989.

 

The Andhra Pradesh Forest Produce (Fixation of Selling Prices) Rules, 1991.

 

  • CATEGORIES OF DOCUMENTS HELD BY OR UNDER THE CONTROL OF FOREST DEPARTMENT:

 

The Forest Department has permanent records relating to the reservation of Forest Blocks and Gazette Notifications in respect of Reserve Forests, Protected Forests and relating to Blocks notified under Section 4 of the A.P. Forest Act.

 

The lease agreements relating to Minor Forest Produce and Bamboo are also available. The lease agreement relating to Bamboo allotment to Paper Mills is entered into by Head Office and all other agreements are generally entered into by Divisional Forest Officer concerned.

 

The offence case records are maintained in Forest Range Offices and Division offices.

 

The Service Records are maintained at Division office, Circle office and Head Office depending upon the working of executive and ministerial staff in the concerned units. The Service Records of Indian Forest Service officers are maintained by Pay and Accounts officer, Hyderabad and cadre management is done by the General Administration of the State Government.

 

The details of timber sales are available in the concerned timber depots and logging division offices.

 

  • ARRANGEMENT FOR CONSULTATION OR PRESENTATION BY THE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN RELATION TO FORMULATION OF POLICY OR IMPLEMENTATION THEREOF:

 

The following advisory bodies are functioning in the Department.

 

  • Beedi Leaf Advisory Board : The Government have issued orders for constitution of Beedi Leaf Advisory Committee vide G.O.Rt.NO.8, E.F.S.&.T (For.III) Department, dated 07.01.2005 for finalization of rates for collection of Beedi Leaf in Telangana Region for 2005 season.

 

For 2006 season, necessary proposals were submitted to Government for constitution of advisory Committee vide Principal Chief Conservator of Forests rc.No.2385/05-M.1 (STC) dated 01.10.2005.

 

  • Pricing Committee : The pricing committee was originally constituted by the Government vide G.O.Ms.NO.364, Forests & Rural development (For.III) department, dated 10.05.1999.

 

The Government vide G.O.Ms.No.142, E.F.S.&.T (For.III) Department, dated 23.12.2004 have constituted the Pricing Committee for the year 2004-2005 for fixation of rates for certain items of forest produce.

 

  • Wild Life Advisory Board

 

Constitution of State Board for Wild Life: -

(1) The State Government shall, within a period of six months from the date of commencement of the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Act, 2002 constitute a State Board for Wild Life consisting of the following members, namely: -

 

  • a Chief Minister of the State and in case of the Union territory, either Chief Minister or Administrator, as the case may be – chairperson;
  • the Minister in charge of Forest and Wild Life – Vice Chairperson;
  • three members of the State Legislature or in the case of a Union territory with Legislature, two members of the Legislative Assembly of that Union territory;
  • three persons to represent non-governmental organizations dealing with Wild Life to be nominated by the State Government;
  • ten persons to be nominated by the State Government from amongst eminent conservationists, ecologists and environmentalists including at least two representatives of the Scheduled Tribes;
  • the Secretary to the State Government or the Government of the Union territory, as the case may be, in charge of Forests and Wild Life;
  • the Officer in charge of the State Forest Department;
  • the Secretary to the State Government, Department of Tribal Welfare;
  • the Managing Director, State Tourism Development Corporation;
  • an officer of the State Police Department not below the rank of Inspector-General;
  • a representative of the Armed Forces not below the rank of a Brigadier to be nominated by the Central Government;
  • the Director, Department of Animal Husbandry of the State;
  • the Director, Department of Fisheries of the State;
  • an officer to be nominated by the Director, Wild Life Preservation;
  • a representative of the Wild Life Institute of India, Dehradun;
  • a representative of the Botanical Survey of India;
  • a representative of the Zoological Survey of India;
  • The Chief Wild Life Warden, who shall be the Member-Secretary.

 

(2) The term of office of the members other than those who are member ex officio and the manner of filling vacancies referred to in clauses (d) and (e) of sub-section (1) and procedure to be followed shall be such, as may be prescribed.

 

(3) The member (except members ex officio) shall be entitled to receive such allowances in respect of expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as may be prescribed.]

 

Procedure to be followed by the Board:-

 

(1) The Board shall meet at least twice a year at such place at the State Government may direct.

 

(2) The Board shall regulate its own procedure (including the quorum).

 

(3) No act or proceeding of the Board shall be invalid merely by reason of the existence of any vacancy therein or any defect in the Constitution thereof or any irregularity in the procedure of the Board not affecting the merits of the case.

 

Duties of Wild Life Advisory Board:-

 

It shall be the duty of [State Board for Wild Life] to advice the State Government, -

 

    • in the selection and management of areas to be declared as protected areas;
    • in formulation of the policy in granting licenses and permits under this Act;
    • in any matter relating to the amendment of any schedule; and
  • in relation to the measures to be taken for

harmonizing the needs of the tribals and other

dwellers of the forest with the protection and

Conservation of Wild Life; and

    • in any other matter connected will the Protection of

Wild life which may be referred to it by the State

Government.

 

 

  • WHETHER MEETINGS OF THE BOARDS, COMMITTEES OPEN TO PUBLIC:

 

The deliberations of the Board and the minutes of meeting are not generally open to public.

 

  • DIRECTORY OF OFFICERS AND STAFF: (This Directory is available in web site address www.forest.ap.nic.in).

 

10. MONTHLY REMUNERATION RECEIVED BY OFFICERS &

STAFF:

 

The amount of pay received by IFS Officers is available in IFS Civil Lists placed in Web Site www.ap.nic.in/apforest

 

The pay and allowances of other staff members as per the recommendation of PRC.

 

11. THE BUDGET ALLOCATIONS UNDER DIFFERENT SCHEMES:

 

Budget Plan

&

Budget_Non_Plan

 

12. MANNER OF EXECUTION OF SUBSIDY PROGRAMMES:

 

There are no subsidy programmes under implementation by the Department.

13. PARTICULARS OF RECEPIENTS OF CONCESSIONS,

PERMITS OR AUTHORIZATIONS:

 

The Pricing Committee determines the qu antum of concession to different categories of forest produce.

 

14. INFORMATION IN ELECTRONIC FORM:

 

The Forest Department maintains a web-site www.forest.ap.nic.inwhich gives detailed information on various subjects. The site also provides the key contacts for obtaining further information.

 

15. FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO CITIZENS FOR

OBTAINING INFORMATION:

Under Section 5 (1) of the Act, Chief Accounts Officer isdesignated as Public Information Officer in PCCF Office level to facilitate furnishing of information to public.

 

Gazetted Assistant (Technical) was designated as Asst. Public Information Officer in PCCF Office level to facilitate furnishing of information to public.

 

Asst. Chief Conservator of Forests (Estt / Chief Conservator of Forests (Estt`) is the appellate authority.

 

The web-site of the Department also provides for dissemination of information.

 

16. PUBLICATIONS:

The Forest Department prepares Annual Administration Report

and Facts & Figures which give details of various activities

taken up by the Department including the statistical data.

 

17. MUSEUMS:

 

The Forest Department has a Wild Life Museum in the premises of Nehru Zoological Park , Hyderabad .

18. TRAINING FACILITIES:

 

The A.P. Forest Academy , Dulapally conducts various courses for in service officers and members of Vana Samrakshana Samithis (VSS).

 

19. STATE FOREST POLICY

 

GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH

ABSTRACT

 

Forest Department - Policy for Forest Development in Andhra Pradesh - Approved - Orders - Issued.

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ENVIRONMENT FORESTS SCIENCE& TECHNOLOGY(FOR.III)DEPARTMENT

 

G.O.Ms.No. 34 . Dated: 16th April,2002

Read the following:-

 

1. G.O.Ms.No.237, EFS&T(For.II) Deptt., dt.26.11.1993

2. From Prl.CCF., Rc.No.30931/2001/PMU.III/2, dt.2.1.2002 and

dt. 8.3.2002.

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O R D E R: -

Government has been implementing various programmes and schemes relating to forest development in accordance with the National Forest Policy. In the G.O. read above, Policy for forest development in the State has been stated out. With new experiences gained in the subsequent years it is felt that there is a need to review this Policy to tune it with the current times. The Prl.Chief Conservator of Forests has accordingly therefore submitted proposals for revision of the policy issued in the Government order read above. Among other things, the Prl.Chief Conservator of Forests has requested for issue of orders for implementing Community Forest Management as an advancement over Joint Forest Management in terms of greater decentralization and democratization of people’s participation in forest management and associated Policy changes.

2. After considering various aspects of Forestry Management in the State of Andhra Pradesh and also the National Forest Policy, the Government approves the “Andhra Pradesh State Forest Policy 2002” as detailed in Annexure to this order.

3. The Prl.Chief Conservator of Forests, Andhra Pradesh , Hyderabad is requested to take further action accordingly.

 

(BY ORDER AND IN THE NAME OF THE GOVERNOR OF ANDHRA PRADESH)

 

H.S.BRAHMA

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

 

To

The Prl.Chief Conservator of Forests, AP, Hyd.

The Vice-Chairman & Managing Director,

A.P. Forest Development Corporation Ltd., Hyd.

Copy to: -

All Collectors.

Sf/Sc.

// FORWARDED:: BY ORDER //

 

SECTION OFFICER.

Andhra Pradesh State Forest Policy, 2002”

 

1. Background:

 

1.1: The National Forest Policy of 1988 of the Government of India lays down the guiding principles for Forest Management in India . In consonance with this National Forest Policy, the Government of Andhra Pradesh issued a State Forest Policy in 1993 vide G.O.Ms.No.237 EFS&T (For.II) Department, Dated 26.11.1993. This forest policy of the State of Andhra Pradesh , while identifying the immediate concerns of the forestry sector in the State, laid down broad guidelines for future management perspectives by encouraging participation of local village communities in forest management through Joint Forest Management by organizing them into Vana Samrakshana Samithies. The experience of involving local villagers in protection and management of forests has had salutary effects and there is appreciable improvement in the quality of forests managed through Joint Forest Management. The initiative has, however, brought in a new angle of sustainability of forest management through people’s participation into lime light. Balancing the sustainable management of forest resources with economic, social and environmental factors has emerged as a key challenge that needs immediate attention. This has necessitated a review of the present policy of the State of Andhra Pradesh on matters relating to Forest Development. Learning from the experience, the Government of Andhra Pradesh intends to consolidate the initiatives taken in the area of Joint Forest Management and evolve the system further into Community Forest Management.

 

2. The Vision:

 

2.1: The National Forestry Action Plan envisages the following approaches for holistic development of forests:

 

  • Protect the existing forest resources.
  • Improve forest productivity.
  • Reduce total demand for forest products.
  • Strengthen policy and institutional framework
  • Expand forest area.

 

2.2: All planning in forestry sector in India is required to follow these cardinal principles. Forest Policy of Andhra Pradesh needs to be tailored to incorporate the above framework. The Government of Andhra Pradesh has issued a Vision statement titled ‘Vision 2020’ which also incorporates the vision envisaged for the forestry sector. The focal theme of the vision on State Forestry Sector is ‘sustainable management of forest resources through participatory approach’, with emphasis on the protection and regeneration of forests and forestland to ensure a green and healthy Andhra Pradesh for the future generations. Managing forest resources effectively is a critical component of protecting the environment since the degradation of forests gives rise to serious problems such as floods, famine and drought. For achieving this goal, and enhancing the long-term sustained development of the State, the following core areas are identified:

 

  • Conserving and improving the quality of existing forests;
  • Strengthening Social Forestry Activities;
  • Streamlining forest management strategies;
  • Encouraging People’s Participation in Forest Management;
  • Conserving biodiversity and genetic resources;

 

2.3: The strategies evolved are in tune with the National Forestry Action Plan and vision of state of A.P. They specifically address the various focused areas of forestry and provide direction for future planning and development.

 

3. The Strategies:

 

To realize the above Vision, the following strategies will be adopted.

 

3.1. Conserving and improving the existing Forests:

 

3.1.1. Forest Felling:

 

With high demand for timber and other forest products, forests are prone to illicit felling and smuggling. The problem is acute since forests are open treasure houses. Protection of the existing forests is a matter of primary concern around which all the other activities will be woven. Protection of forests will be ensured through regular patrolling and policing and strict vigil in the vulnerable forest areas and meticulous implementation of the penal provisions of various forest laws and rules. Training in law enforcement aspects will be taken up to upgrade the capacity of the law enforcing staff of the Forest Department. There also is urgent need to tap alternate energy sources to ease pressure on forests. Solar energy devises will be encouraged. In areas beset with vast herds of cattle, especially in rural areas, biogas plants will be popularized. The State Government has taken the initiative of supplying LP Gas connections to all Self Help Groups, including VSS through its Deepam Scheme. These needs will be extended further to other eligible persons. Wherever use of wood is inevitable, improved chulhas will be popularized. Such chulhas would not only reduce use of wood, but also reduce harmful smoke which affects the health of women and children at home.

 

3.1.2. Grazing:

 

The present policy of free grazing in the forests is detrimental to regeneration and establishment of vegetation. There is need for reasonable restrictions on grazing. Further, the burden of scrub cattle on the already scarce fodder resources need to be reduced by upgrading the cattle stock, and encouraging stall- feeding. Scientific study of the availability of fodder, both inside and outside forests and plans for sustained usage without threatening the very survival of the species, needs to be taken up. Augmenting the fodder resources through natural as well as artificial regeneration should be taken up. All these will receive attention. There will be coordinated efforts with the Animal Husbandry Department of the Government of Andhra Pradesh to (i) improve quality of livestock in forest fringe areas so that number of cattle heads will be reduced and (ii) to augment fodder resources both inside and outside the designated forests to cater to growing demand for fodder. Scientific research will be undertaken to assess the carrying capacity of the fringe forest areas. A separate policy statement to address the above will be issued after deliberating with stakeholders.

 

3.1.3. Forest Fires:

 

Forest fires have been the scourge forests especially the young regeneration. Their frequency and extent of damage caused are a matter of great concern. They affect the quality and composition of our future forests. Wanton kindling of forests for encouraging new flush of grasses, and for clearing the forest floor for cultivation, etc. are rampant in forest areas. Traditional and time tested fire protection measures like fire tracing, engaging of fire watchers, during the dry season will be taken up together with the maintenance of fire-lines and controlled burning in vulnerable areas as preventive measures. Special attention will be given to regeneration areas and research plots in this regard. Co-operation of all stakeholders in such efforts is very essential. Therefore, large-scale awareness by publicity/propaganda will be taken up during the fire prone season. The fire protection may be entrusted to the local VSS members.

 


3.1.4. Encroachments and Podu Cultivation:

 

Due to excessive pressure on land, and forest boundaries not being clear in several areas, encroachment of the forests has been increasing. Therefore, clear demarcation of all the forest boundaries, is essential combined with punitive action in all such cases of encroachment.

 

“Podu”, the traditional shifting cultivation by Tribals, is transforming into settled cultivation. This is creating pockets of clearances which will expand in area in time. Such type of cultivation is resulting in land degradation and unsustainable agriculture leading to poverty and increasing demand for land again for further cultivation. The problem of Podu cultivation is to be viewed more as an economic problem and not just as a matter of law. It is a matter of livelihood for the people who practice it. But since its unsustainable nature is perpetuating poverty, there is an urgent need to educate the tribal farmers on sustainable farming. Therefore the tribals who resort to such type of unsustainable practices will be educated about the adverse effects and motivated to take up viable alternate land use practices on such lands, besides alternative income generating activities. Access to improved agricultural practices for these Tribals needs to be made available. This will be ensured through close coordination with the Agriculture and Tribal Welfare Departments of the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

 

3.1.5. Appropriate silvicultural interventions for forest improvement:

 

Excessive and prolonged pressure on the forests in the past have created large blank areas in the forests. . The inferior stock of vegetation wherever it occurs, needs to be improved by coppicing, singling / pruning and removal of congestion around useful regeneration. The wide gaps need to be covered up by artificial regeneration with improved planting stock or sowing with good quality seed, especially of fodder and medicinal plants. The management of natural regeneration will be practiced in forest areas rich in natural regeneration, in forests with viable rootstock of valuable species and in forests having timber potential. All these forests will be managed under the selection cum improvement system, the coppice with standards and the coppice with reserves systems with due modifications to suit site specific requirements. Forests that are devoid of any valuable species will be planted with valuable and high yielding species like Bamboo, Teak, Eucalyptus, Acacias, Species valued for their NTFP and Medicinal properties.

 

3.1.6. Soil and Moisture Conservation Measures on watershed approach:

 

Massive Soil and Moisture Conservation activities will be taken up. Such measures will form an integral part of all treatment plans at macro as well as micro level. They will also be integrated with the general watershed development activities of other Governmental and Non Governmental agencies working in the vicinity of forests to ensure holistic development. This would help in arresting soil erosion, besides recharging of ground water in the catchment. Such steps would ensure prevention of floods, droughts in the adjacent plains, besides benefiting the vegetation and wildlife in the forest areas. Integrated development of all natural resources, including forests would rationalize inputs and maximize outputs.

 

3.2. Strengthening Social Forestry Activities:

 

3.2.1. Scope for Social Forestry:

 

Extending forestry activities to non-traditional areas outside notified forests will be another important strategy. It provides for generation of biomass outside the designated forests for meeting the needs of local people and reduces dependence and pressure on the forests. The activities like Farm Forestry, Afforestation of Village Common lands and Tank Foreshores, Afforestation around urban agglomerations in the form of Green Belts, Avenue plantations along Roads, Railway lines and Canal Bunds, Aesthetic plantations in urban and semi urban areas, Afforestation on Temple / Endowment lands etc. will be taken up to meet the objective.

3.3. Streamlining Forest Management Strategies:

 

      • Institutional capacity vis-à-vis Functions of Forest Department:

 

Apart from the traditional functions of Forest Protection and Development, the Department is vested with new functions like Participatory Management, contending with organized and armed smugglers, Wildlife Management, Extension work under Social Forestry, Research and Development, Training and Motivating etc. This multi dimensional role is posing a serious challenge to the Forester of the present day. The Centralized and hierarchical structure of the Department is constraining effective discharge of these functions. Vacancies in staff entrusted with protection, inadequacy of their technical knowledge, lack of adequate facilities like conveyance and communication at the lower levels, also affect the efficiency of the administrative machinery. Therefore, there is an urgent need to address these issues. More decentralization, with delegation of more administration/financial powers, administrative reforms, reorganization of forest areas, and redeployment of staff as per emerging needs, providing adequate skills, and equipment to the lower staff, etc are some of the critical areas that will be attended to.

 

      • Applied Research and Extension:

 

Scientific study on the responses of various silvicultural systems of managements and results of treatment practices is needed for standardization of treatment practices for each area. Identifying and developing high yielding varieties of multipurpose species and standardizing afforestation and management techniques for them will be attended to. Existing Research Plans will be updated not only to meet the current needs but also future demands. Besides strengthening the existing Regional Research Centers, a few more such centers will be established for accessibility to all areas of the state. Such a step would ensure transfer of technology from lab to land.

 

      • Addressing Financial Constraints:

 

The tendency of attempting too many aspects of Forestry Development with too few resources has been the bane of Forest Department. There is a need to augment the financial resources for forestry sector, by not only with more budgetary allocations, but also by reinvestment of certain portion of its income. Also, more stakeholders like the local communities, private enterprise, industrial investment needs to be identified and encouraged with suitable safeguards against diversion of forest land. Creation of revolving funds, levying user charges and recycling revenue for forest development are the areas that will be focused in this regard.

 

      • Monitoring and Evaluation:

 

Monitoring and evaluation in Forest Department has not kept pace with several advances in Forestry activities. Forest Management information systems will be streamlined to serve the emerging needs. Use of Information Technology especially in areas of Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Systems, Data base management etc. will be integrated into the system of Monitoring and Evaluation.

 

3.4. Encouraging People’s Participation in Forest Management:

 

      • Community Forest Management:

 

The experience of JFM in AP has been a tremendous success. There has been an overall and perceptible improvement in forestry sector in general. Learning from this experience and to refine the approach will be management of the forests through Vana Samrakshana Samithies on the lines of Community Forest Management. The approach aims at upgrading the initiatives taken in the area of Joint Forest Management (JFM) to Community Forest Management (CFM). While JFM was more a partnership between the forest dependent communities and the GOAP, CFM will be more a democratic process through delegation of the decision making process and aims at decentralizing the entire process of planning and implementation with APFD and GOAP acting more as facilitators and providers of technical and infrastructure support. Community Forest Management is an approach for forest development through a democratized participatory approach and empowering forest dependent local communities. It balances the local needs with external and environmental needs through increased productivity of the forest resources, reduced dependence on forests through substitution of demand and alternate livelihood opportunities, up gradation of living standards and above all inculcating a sense of ownership and pride among the forest dependent communities engaged in CFM.

 

3.4.2 Enabling Issues:

 

Certain legal issues like legal backing for CFM, relaxation under Forest Conservation Act for medicinal plants cultivation by VSS, liberalization of State Monopoly of NTFP, conformity of Panchayat laws with CFM regulations, conflict resolution among stakeholders and traditional rights, consistency of Micro-plans with working plans etc. will receive special attention to create an enabling environment for holistic and sustainable development of forests. Apart from the above, other enabling issues like poverty alleviation through skill up gradation and income generating activities, training and capacity building, empowerment of women and other vulnerable groups, NGO’s participation, etc. will also be focused substantially.

 

3.4.3. Inter Sectoral Co-ordination:

 

Most often, the schemes of Forest Department do not cater to the above aspects of community development. However, since alleviation of rural poverty is the central objective of several ongoing programs, already many departments are working on this theme concurrently. In several cases, these departments work in the same village, with the same objective, but in isolation or sometimes at cross-purposes. All such agencies and programs will be coordinated and integrated with appropriate mechanisms, for better results with efficient utilization of available resources. For this purpose, coordinating mechanisms will be developed at Village, ITDA, Forest Division, District and State levels through multidisciplinary committees. At the Village level such committee will function under the overall guidance of village Sarpanch. At all the other levels they will be headed by beurocrats of appropriate level and will compose of representatives of all concerned departments, NGOs, VSS and members. Separate order will be issued on their composition, duties and responsibilities.

 

3.5. Conserving Bio-diversity and Genetic Resources:

 

3.5.1. Conserving Biodiversity:

 

The Forests of the State are rich in bio-diversity. The Nallamala tract is worthy of special mention in this regard. Numerous species of fauna and flora are nestled and nurtured in the warmth of these forests. In the Seshachalam tract, rare and valuable species like Sandalwood, Redsanders, Shorea talura, Shorea, Tumbuggaia, Cycas Beddomei etc. are threatened, and endangered. Elsewhere, in the state, Wild animals like the Tigers, Leopards, Deer, Antelopes, Birds etc. which once roamed the forests freely, are becoming rare. Already some of the potential areas in the State have been declared as protected areas. Management plans will be developed for holistic development of these areas besides prescribing general measures for conservation of biodiversity and wildlife. In situ and Ex situ conservation will receive attention. Massive education and awareness programs will be taken up especially among school children. “Corridors” will be created connecting the network of protected areas to avoid man animal conflicts.

 

      • Eco-Tourism and development of nature parks:

 

The concept of Eco-tourism has become popular and well evolved in several parts of the world. In Andhra Pradesh too, this will be encouraged to benefit both the exchequer and the society. People, especially children, would get education by visiting such areas of Biodiversity. Eco-tourism, apart from providing education, will also provide employment to the local people living in the vicinity of the selected spots and creates awareness among the general public about nature and need for its conservation. However, such activities will be restricted to buffer zones only, to avoid disturbance to habitat. Nature parks and Green belts will be developed around urban agglomerations to build awareness among the urban dwellers of forests and associated life.

 

3.5.3. People’s Participation in Bio-diversity Conservation:

 

Local people in the villages traditionally revere plants and animals. Indian culture enjoins on its people respect for all life. The concept of Karma is ingrained in them. Making use of this customary belief, it would be easy to enlist the co-operation of local people in conserving Bio-diversity. Past efforts of Eco-development through Eco Development Committees or EDC have had encouraging results. EDCs will be strengthened further. They will be the major institutions for biodiversity conservation and eco tourism in addition to Government.

 

    • Marketing of Forest Produce:

 

To improve the economic status of members of the Vana Samrakshana Samithies (VSS), to make them selves sustainable and protect them from exploitation by unscrupulous traders in scheduled areas, adequate measures would be taken to facilitate value addition and efficient marketing of forest produce. The endeavor would be to provide gainful employment to all VSS members throughout the year. So that they became economically self-sufficient and manage the forest resources on a sustainable basis wherever necessary marketing/infrastructure will be provided by Govt. of A.P.

 

    • Revenue sharing:

 

VSS will be entitled to the forest produce obtained from the forests managed by them as follows: In case of all non timber forest produce, 100% of incremental volume of timber and bamboo harvested from the forests in accordance with the agreed micro-plan and as measured from the baseline established at the time; of the VSS formation will accrue to the VSS. In case of the compounding fee, 50% of the share of the compounding fee, where forest offence cases were detected and handed over by the VSS members to forest department and where forest produce seized shall not be from the VSS area, will accrue to the VSS. In case of the beedi leaf, 50% of the share of the beedi leaf net revenue arising out of the beedi leaf collected later, in the VSS area will accrue to the VSS.

H.S.BRAHMA

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

 

20. COMMUNITY FOREST MANAGEMENT

 

The Community Forest Management Programme is being run with the financial assistance of World Bank scheme is being implemented in 14 Districts namely, Adilabad, Khammam, Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Medak, Mahabubnagar, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, Chittoor, Kadapa, Nellore.

 

The general guidelines of the programme are contained in G. O. Ms. No. 13. EFS&T (FOR-III) Dept Dt : 12-02-2002 , which is reproduced below:

GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH

ABSTRACT

Forest Department - A.P. Community Forest Management Project - Comprehensive Orders - Issued.

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ENVIRONMENT FOREST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (FOR.III) DEPARTMENT

 

G.O.MS.No.13 Dated: 12 .2 .2002

Read the following:-

  • G.O.Ms.No.218, EFES&T (For.VI) Dept. dt. 28.08.92.
  • G.O. Ms.No.181 EFS&T (For II-I) Dept. dt.24.8.1993
  • G.O.Ms.No.182 EFES&T Dept. dt. 24-8-1993
  • G.O.Ms.No.183 EFES&T (For II-1) Dept dt.24.8.1993
  • G.O.Ms.No.224, E.F.E.S&T (For.II) Dept.dt.11.11.93.
  • G.O. Ms.No.10 EFS&T (For VI) Dept. dt. 31.01.1996
  • G.O.Ms.No.173 E.F.S&T (For III) Dept. dt. 07.12.96
  • G.O.Ms.No.115 EFS&T (PMU) Dept. dt. 25.9.1997
  • G.O.Ms.No.21 EFS&T 9For III) Dept. dt.05.03.1998.
  • G. O.Ms.No.66 EFS&T (For III) Dept. 04.05.1999
  • G.O.Ms.No.43 EFS&T (For III) Dept. dt.07.04.2000
  • PCCF. Rc.No.34234/ 2001/PMU –III/1 dt 20.10.01

-oOo-

O R D E R :

  1. Following the guidelines of the Government of India and in compliance with the provisions of National Forest Policy, 1988, the Government of Andhra Pradesh have issued orders in the reference 1st read above for improvement of degraded forests through the participation of local people by introduction of the Joint Forest Management (JFM) programme.

 

  1. These Orders have been amended from time to time through GOs 5 th and 7 th read above.

 

  1. In the references 2 nd, 3 rd and 4 th read above orders have been issued constituting State, District level and ITDA level committees for ensuring inter sectoral coordination for the programme. In the reference 8 th read above orders issued in the reference 3 rd cited were modified regarding sharing the usufruct arising out of forests managed under JFM. In the reference 6 th, 9 th and 11 th read above orders have been issued granting incentives to VSS for their role in apprehending those involved in commission of forest offence cases. In the references 10 th read above orders have been issued granting incentives to VSS for their role in collection of Beedi Leaves.

 

  1. In the reference 12 th read above, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests of Andhra Pradesh has submitted proposals for refining the programme and implementing Community Forest Management as an advance over Joint Forest Management.

 

  1. In the light of all the above G.Os and the proposal of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Andhra Pradesh, it has been decided to modify the orders issued on the subject and to implement Community Forest Management in the State of Andhra Pradesh as an advance over Joint Forest Management.

 

  1. The Government, after careful consideration and in modification of all the earlier orders issued on the subject hereby issue the following revised and comprehensive orders for implementing the Community Forest Management in the State of Andhra Pradesh with immediate effect.

 

  1. Accordingly Government hereby direct that the local village community be constituted into a "Vana Samrakshana Samithi" (Samithi for short) and the Samithies already constituted to carry out the forest programmes jointly with the Forest Department as per the rules annexed to this order

 

  1. The salient features and the rules applicable under the scheme are detailed in the Annexure I and II to this order.

 

  1. This order issues with the concurrence of Finance & Planning (Fin. Wing Exp.MA&UD & EFS&T) Department vide their U.O. No. 1502/26/A2/Exp. M&F/02, dt.6.2.02.

 

(BY ORDER AND IN THE NAME OF THE GOVERNOR OF ANDHRA PRADESH)

H.S.BRAHMA

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT.

TO

The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, A.P. Hyderabad.

All the District Collectors.

The Accountant General, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.

The Commissioner Tribal Welfare, Hyderabad.

The Commissioner, Social Welfare, Hyderabad.

All the Project Directors, ITDAs in the State.

All the Project Directors, DRDAs in the State.

The Commissioner, Panchayat Raj Hyderabad.

The Commissioner Rural Development, Hyderabad .

Copy to:-

Country Director, India, World Bank India Office, 69/70, Lodi Estate, New Delhi .

The Prl. Secretary, Revenue Department.

The Secretary, Commissioner of Land Revenue, Hyderabad.

The Secretary, Social Welfare Department.

The Secretary, Panchayat Raj Department

The Secretary, Rural Development Department.

The Secretary, Food & Agriculture Department.

The Prl. Secretary, Finance & Planning (Exp.EFST&T) Department.

The Vice Chairman, Managing Director, A.P.F.D.C.Ltd., Hyderabad .

The Advisor (Forests), DPAP, Dept. of Rural Development, Govt. of India, C.G.O. Complex, Paryavaran Bhavan, New Delhi-110 003.

The Secretary to Govt. of India , Ministry of Environment & Forests,

C.G.O. Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi-110 003.

The Joint Secretary to Govt. of India, National Afforestation & Eco-development Board, Ministry of Environment & Forests, C.G.O. Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi-110 003.

The Asst. Inspector General of Forests, National Afforestation & Eco-Development Board,Ministry of Environment & Forests, C.G.O. Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi-110 003.

All Forest Sections in the E.F.S&T Department.

P.S. to Principal Secretary.

P.S. to Special Secretary (3 copies).

P.R.O. to C.M.

P.S. to Minister for Forests.

E.F.S&T (OP) Dept. (3 copies)

Director, State Archives, Osmania University Campus, Tarnaka, Hyderabad

SF / SC.

// FORWARDED :: BY ORDER //

SECTION OFFICER.

 


ANNEXURE – I

 

I. Constitution of Vana Samrakshana Samithi:

 

  • Any Forest Officer not below the rank of Forest Range Officer shall call for a meeting of the adult members of all households residing in village / hamlet / cluster of villages / cluster of hamlets situated within 5 kms of forest boundary.

 

  • The concept of Community Forest Management including all rights and responsibilities of the V.S.S. members and the Forest Department shall be explained in the meeting.

 

  • If a minimum of 50% of households agree in writing to constitute a Vana Samrakshana Samithi, the Forest Range Officer shall send proposal to the Divisional Forest Officer for constitution of Vana Samrakshana Samithi.

 

  • Upon receipt of proposal, the Divisional Forest Officer may order constitution of the Vana Samrakshana Samithi.

 

  • All the Villagers who agree for constitution of Vana Samrakshana Samithi shall be enrolled by the Forest Range Officer as members of the Vana Samrakshana Samithi, subject to the following conditions:

 

i) Each household shall have a maximum of two members out of whom one shall be a woman.

ii) All households of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and those headed by women in the village shall be enrolled automatically as members subject to clause I. (e) (i) above.

iii) The membership of tribals in the V.S.S. in the scheduled areas shall always be more than that of non-tribals.

 

II. Duties and Responsibilities of Vana Samrakshana Samithi:

 

The members of Vana Samrakshana Samithi, individually and collectively shall be responsible to:

 

  • Ensure protection of forest and assist the Forest Department in protecting the adjoining forests whenever such assistance is sought for by the department.
  • Make other villagers aware of the importance of forests.
  • Prepare micro-plans and annual plans in accordance with the corresponding working plan (as outlined below).
  • Manage forests in accordance with the approved micro-plan / annual plan.
  • Apprehend offenders of forest law and hand them over to the concerned authorities to take action under the provisions of the relevant Forest Acts and Rules.
  • For minor offences the V.S.S. can collect advance Compounding Fees not exceeding Rs.100/- (rupees one hundred only). The amount so collected shall be remitted by the V.S.S. to the Joint. Account (VSS account). Details of such remittances shall be reported to the Forest Beat Officer concerned and recorded in the V.S.S. book of accounts. The concerned Forest Officer authorized under the relevant Forest Acts and Rules will book the offence by issuing the P.O.R. and take follow up action as per the departmental procedures. Upon completion of departmental procedure, the V.S.S. will retain 50% of the compounding fees and return the balance 50% to the Forest Beat Officer for remitting to the Government.

 

III. Constitution of Managing Committee:

 

  • After constitution of the Vana Samrakhana Samithi as explained above, a Managing Committee shall be constituted to oversee preparation of V.S.S. micro-plans and annual plans and the implementation of the same.
  • The Managing Committee shall have 15 elected representatives from V.S.S. of which at least 8 shall be Women Members.
  • The Forest Section Officer shall convene the General Body meeting for electing the Managing Committee and shall oversee the election process.
  • The Managing Committee shall then elect a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson from amongst themselves. Either one or both of the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson shall be woman /women. For this election also the Forest Section Officer shall oversee the process.
  • In Scheduled area all the elected members of the Managing Committee shall be either from Scheduled Tribes or Scheduled Castes.
  • In areas other than Scheduled areas membership in the Managing Committee shall be reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in proportion to their households.
  • The tenure of the Managing Committee shall be 3 years.
  • The Forest Range Officer, in consultation with the V.S.S. and Sarpanch of the villages, shall earmark forests in the vicinity of the V.S.S. for Community Forest Management. The boundaries of this forest area shall conform as far as possible to pre-existing and accepted boundaries of the concerned communities.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding in the format appended to this order shall be read out in the General Body Meeting and signed by the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson on behalf of the Vana Samrakshana Samithi and by the Forest Range Officer on behalf of the Government.

 

IV. Duties and Responsibilities of the V.S.S. Chairperson and Vice Chairperson.

    • The Chairperson of the V.S.S. shall convene the General Body and Managing Committee meetings.
    • The Vice Chairperson shall assist and work closely with the Chairperson in the performance of his/her duties.
    • The Chairperson shall maintain the record of the proceedings and other documents like Cheque Books, Joint Account, Minutes Book, Managing Committee Resolution Book, Annual Plan, Micro-Plan, Estimates for Works etc. A copy of the record of proceedings of the meetings conducted shall be sent to the Forest Range Officer.

 

All records including Cheque Books, Joint Account, Minutes Book, Managing Committee Resolution Book, Annual Plan, Micro-plan, Estimates for Works and all other records deemed necessary, should be in the custody of Chairperson/ Vice Chairperson,

 

Convening General Body Meeting :

 

  • General Body Meeting shall be held at least once in every six months to discuss implementation of the micro-plan / annual plan and to review all related financial transactions. An advance notice of 7 days shall be given for convening the General Body Meeting.
  • Under special circumstances, the General Body Meeting of the V.S.S. may be convened provided not less than 1/3 rd of the V.S.S. members agree to convene such a meeting and make such a request to the Chairperson. Where the Chairperson does not convene the meeting, the concerned Forest Section Officer shall convene the meeting.
  • The quorum for convening a General Body Meeting shall be at least 50% of members of the General Body and out of them 50% shall be women.

 

Convening Managing Committee Meeting:

 

  • The quorum for convening a meeting of the Managing Committee shall be at least 2/3 rd of the members of the Managing Committee. Out of these at least 50% shall be women.
  • Managing Committee shall meet at least once every month. The Managing Committee meeting may be convened on any pre decided day or through an advance notice of 3 days.
  • In case at least half of the members of the Managing Committee decide to meet, the Chairperson of the VSS shall convene a meeting of the Managing Committee. Where the Chairperson does not convene the meeting the concerned Forest Section Officer shall convene the meeting.

 

V. Duties and responsibilities of Managing Committee:

 

  • The Managing Committee shall be responsible to manage and implement all the decisions of the V.S.S.
  • The Managing Committee shall assign duties and responsibilities to the Members and may constitute Sub-Committees as needed with a view to ensure implementation of the V.S.S. micro-plan and annual plan.
  • The Managing Committee in consultation with the General Body shall evolve methodology on all issues relating to membership, conflict resolution, encroachments, customary rights, and benefit sharing.
  • It shall be the responsibility of the Managing Committee to account for and manage the funds and other resources received from the Government, other sources and the funds internally generated.
  • For the purpose of management of funds received from Government, a joint account shall be opened in any commercial, rural or cooperative bank recognized by the Reserve Bank of India or any Post Office. Such account will be held and operated jointly by the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and the concerned Forest Section Officer/Forest Beat Officer/ Assistant Beat Officer as nominated by the concerned Forest Range Officer. This account will be called the ‘Government Account’.
  • For the purpose of management of funds received from other Non – Government sources and the ones internally generated, an account in any bank shall be operated. Such V.S.S. account shall be held and operated jointly by the Chairperson and the Vice Chairperson. This account will be called ‘VSS Account’.
  • As part of micro-plan preparation a reinvestment program to maintain and enhance the productivity of the forest will be developed and the Managing Committee will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the reinvestment program according to the agreed micro-plan.

 

VI. Constitution and Responsibilities of the Advisory Council

at the V.S.S. level.

 

  • For each V.S.S. there shall be an Advisory Council comprising of the concerned Forest Section Officer, Forest Beat Officer or Forest Assistant Beat Officer, the Panchayat Sarpanch, representative of the Village Tribal Development Agency in scheduled areas (to be nominated by the ITDA), the Village Administrative Officer, the NGO actively involved in assisting the V.S.S., and Village School Headmaster/Headmistress.
  • The Panchayat Sarpanch shall chair the advisory council meetings. If for any reason he / she is unable to attend the meeting the Forest Section Officer shall preside over.
  • Constitution of the advisory body shall be the responsibility of the Forest Range Officer.
  • Convening meetings of the Advisory Council shall be the responsibility of the Forest Section Officer. Advisory council meetings should be held to facilitate their timely input into micro-plan and annual plan preparation and evaluation and also to coordinate the activities of other departments at V.S.S. level.
  • The Advisory Council will review micro-plans and annual plans and advise the V.S.S. on strategies and available resources for implementing them.
  • The advisory council shall meet as often as required.

 

VII. Constitution and responsibilities of the District Forest Committee and ITDA Level Sub-Committee and Forest Division level Coordinating Committee:

 

A District Forestry Committee shall be constituted with the following;

 

  1. District Collector Chairman
  2. Project Director, District Rural Development Agency Member
  3. Project Director, DPIP Member
  4. Project Officer Integrated Tribal Development Agency Member
  5. Representative of GCC at District level Member
  6. District Tribal Welfare Officer Member
  7. Executive Director, Dist. S.C.S.C. Society Member
  8. Joint Director, Agriculture Member
  9. Joint Director, Animal Husbandry Member

10. All the Divisional Forest Officers in the District Member

11. Three NGOs (including at least one Woman Delegate;

Member to be nominated by the AP NGOs Committee on

CFM)

12. 5 V.S.S. members nominated by the District Collector Member (at least 3 members shall be women)

 

Head quarters Divisional Forest Officer will be the Convener of the Committee. The tenure of the nominated members shall be one year.

 

The responsibilities of the District Forest Committee will be as follows;

 

  • The District Forestry Committee shall review implementation of Community Forest Management and provide direction to the Forest Department and other Departments in the holistic development of villages and hamlets where VSS are operating and in adjacent villages and hamlets that may be affected by the implementation of CFM.
  • The Committee shall also ensure that there are no duplication of efforts by the various Departments.
  • The District Forest Committee shall convey any observations or concerns that require State-level intervention to the State Level Forest Committee.
  • The District Forestry Committee shall meet at least once in three months.
  • The District Forestry Committee shall have powers to remove any member of the Managing Committee from the Managing Committee who is convicted of offence(s) under any of the Forest Acts and Rules there under and / or any other offence punishable under any law, or to cancel recognition any Vana Samrakshana Samithi majority of whose members are convicted of having committed offence(s) under any of the Forest Acts and Rules there under and / or convicted of any other offence(s) punishable under any law. The District Forestry Committee shall have powers to cancel recognition of to any V.S.S. which does not function effectively. The decision of the District Forest Committee shall be final.

 

Sub-Committee at the ITDA level

 

A Sub Committee shall be constituted with following;

 

  1. Project Officer, ITDA Chairman
  2. Two NGOs (at least one shall be woman) Member

(To be nominated by the C. F.)

  1. Ten V.S.S. members (at least four shall be women) Member

(To be nominated by the C.F.)

  1. GCC Representative Member
  2. Sub DFO/ DFO at ITDA headquarters Member Convener

 

The Subcommittee will be responsible for:

 

    • Review the implementation of C.F.M activities
    • Coordinate the activities of the various Government departments to ensure holistic development and avoid duplication of works.
    • Resolve inter V.S.S. conflicts and conflicts between the V.S.S. and non V.S.S. conflicts.
    • The committee shall meet once in three months.

 

Forest Division level coordination committee

 

A coordination committee shall be constituted at Forest Division level with the following:

 

1. Divisional Forest Officer Chairman

2. One representatives each from Agriculture, Department,

Animal Husbandry Department, Rural Development (DRDA),

Department, Tribal Welfare Department, ITDA, Social Welfare,

District S.C. Society, GCC, NEDCAP Members

3. Three NGOs Members

4. 5 VSS chairpersons, (at least 3 women) Members

This committee is responsible for:

  1. This committee shall meet every month and monitor functioning of VSS
  2. Implementation of decisions taken in the District Forestry Committee and other meetings.
  3. Ensure coordination of all concerned departments and agencies for proper functioning of VSS.

 

VIII. Constitution and Responsibilities of the State Level Forest Committee

 

A State level committee shall be constituted with the following to coordinate the Community Forest Management. The committee shall meet once in six months and review the progress of Community Forest Management.

 

  1. Prl. Secretary Environment, Forests, Science and Technology Department Chairman
  2. Pr. Secretary Social Welfare or his nominee Member
  3. Secy. Panchayat Raj Member
  4. Secy. Rural Development Member
  5. Managing Director A.P.F.D.C. Member
  6. Commissioner, Tribal Welfare Member
  7. Director, Animal Husbandry Department Member
  8. Commissioner, Agriculture Department Member
  9. Managing Director, G.C.C. Member

10. Nominee of Secretary, Finance Member

11. Director, Women and Child Welfare Department Member

12. NGOs 2 Nos (nominated by the AP NGOs Committee on CFM) Member

13. Representative of Ministry of Environment and Forests (GOI) Member

14. Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests, A.P. Hyderabad.

Member Convener

X. Duties and Responsibilities of Forest Department.

 

  • The field level staff shall work in close liaison with the V.S.S.
  • The forest department staff shall ensure that the activities of the V.S.S. are in accordance with the guidelines of Community Forest Management issued in this order and other rules and laws in force of G.O.I. and G.O.A.P.
  • In all cases where offenders against forest laws have been handed over to the forest officers the concerned forest beat officer shall inform the Managing Committee on subsequent action taken and any fees due to them.
  • Until such time as the V.S.S. can undertake the task, the forest department shall prepare estimates for works. V.S.S. which are able to take up this responsibility are encouraged to do so at the earliest.
  • To facilitate review of the cost of works the Forest Section / Beat Officer shall provide copies of the Forest Schedule Rates to the V.S.S. Managing Committee in a timely manner.
  • The Forest Department will impart trainings to V.S.S. members on aspects of forest management including but not limited to management planning, use of Global Positioning System, map interpretation, silviculture, nursery raising, grafting of high yielding varieties, etc.
  • To reduce the problem of the VSS chairperson approaching the D.F.O. and forest range officer frequently for N.T.F.P. permits, the D.F.O. may sanction sufficient number of permits for NTFP in advance and keep with the concerned Forest Section Officer

 

XI. Role of NGOs., NGIs, other line agencies,

  • Associated NGOs, NGIs, and other competent authorities will facilitate the functioning of the V.S.S. and impart training to V.S.S. on marketing and value addition of the forest produce, accounting procedures, Micro-credit, conflict resolution etc.

XII. Rights and Privileges of the Vana Samrakshana Samithi:

 

    • Vana Samrakshana Samithi shall be entitled to the following forest produce obtained from forests managed by them;

 

  • All Non-timber Forest Produce.
  • 100% of the incremental volume of timber and bamboo harvested from the forest (in accordance with the agreed micro-plan or annual plan), as measured from a baseline established at the time of VSS formation (or in absence of a baseline as estimated and agreed by a majority of VSS members).

 

The same shall be passed on to the Vana Samrakshana Samithi as prescribed below:

 

  • Domestic requirement of the forest products will be set apart and distributed among all the V.S.S. members as per the norms evolved by the Managing Committee. The surplus quantity may be disposed as decided by the managing committee.
  • Any expenditure incurred by the Government on the harvesting and disposal shall be reimbursed to the Government.
  • Expenditure necessary to sustain the productivity of the forests as per the micro-plan shall be deposited in the V.S.S. joint account. This amount shall not be less than 50% of the net income.
  • Balance income shall be deposited in the V.S.S. account and utilized as per decisions taken by the General Body of the Vana Samrakshana Samithi.

 

    • For offence cases handed over by the Vana Samrakshana Samithi to the forest department, the V.S.S. shall be entitled to a 50% share of Compounding fees as prescribed below;

 

  • The forest produce seized shall not be from the V.S.S. area.
  • No V.S.S. member should be involved in the forest offence.
  • The advance compounding fees collected if any shall be deposited into the joint account (VSS Account) till such time the competent authority issues compounding orders. This amount shall not be utilized for any purpose.
  • It shall be at the discretion of the compounding authority to compound the offence as provided under the A.P. Compounding and Prosecution rules.
  • The V.S.S shall not be paid any amount unless Compounding Fees are collected.
  • If the competent authority does not compound the case, V.S.S. will be sanctioned 50% of the value of the produce as incentive. The value of the produce for this purpose will be taken as the same as the value of the produce recorded in the offence case. This incentive amount shall be paid only after the completion of confiscation proceedings by the competent officer.
  • The share of the V.S.S. shall be paid from the compounding fees collected and the balance shall be remitted to the Government by the forest department.
  • The concerned Forest Beat Officer/ Forest Section Officer shall hand over proper receipt to the V.S.S. for produce/vehicles handed over to him in offence cases.
  • The amounts realized from offence cases would be deposited in the V.S.S. account and utilized exclusively for village development works in accordance with decision of the general body.

 

3. The V.S.S. shall be entitled to a 50% share of the beedi leaf net revenue arising out of the beedi leaf produced in the V.S.S. area. This 50% share of the net revenue shall be deposited in the V.S.S. account and utilized for development works as prescribed in the micro-plan.

 

XIII. Micro-planning and Annual Planning.

 

  • The Managing Committee and members of the V.S.S. through a participatory and equitable process including scheduled tribes, scheduled castes, women, and other disadvantaged sections shall prepare a micro-plan and annual plan in accordance with the guidelines issued by the forest department.
  • The micro-plan shall include various operations of village and forest development, maintenance of bio-diversity, soil and moisture conservation, and livelihood support for the forest dependent members and keeping sustainable forest management as the broad objective.
  • The V.S.S. shall decide the choice of the species for planting subject to the Forest Laws in vogue.
  • The Micro-plan shall contain a detailed harvesting and regeneration plan, which shall be consistent with the overall prescriptions of working plan covering the area.
  • Adequate care and measures shall be prescribed in the micro-plan to manage grazing in the forests of the V.S.S.
  • The managing committee shall at the beginning of the financial year prepare an annual plan of operation. During annual plan preparation the micro-plan will be reviewed and updated as needed.
  • All estimates of works to be undertaken will be prepared by the responsible officer of the Forest Department and will be reviewed by the Managing Committee. The Managing Committee will seek advice from the Advisory Council as needed.
  • All Micro-plans and proposed changes to micro-plans shall be put before the General Body for approval. Where the General Body does not agree with any of the provisions of the Micro-plan, the Managing Committee shall carry out such changes as are necessary. Where the advisory council does not agree with the provisions made in the Micro-Plan they shall discuss the same during a General Body Meeting and their advice will be incorporated if a majority of Members agree. Finally the micro-plan will be placed before the Divisional Forest Officer for approval. If the Divisional Forest Officer finds that any of the provisions of the Micro-plan are in contravention of the National and/or State Forest Legislation, the Managing Committee shall carry out such changes as are necessary to conform to said legislation, obtain approval of the General Body, and resubmit the micro-plan to Divisional Forest Officer for approval.
  • At the close of the financial year a completion report showing the activities planned in the micro-plan, activities taken up during the year, funds received, amounts spent on each item of works shall be placed before the General Body and seek its approval for the deviations if any.

XIV. Transparency in Working:

 

  • Only V.S.S. members would execute works included in the micro-plan. The Forest Department should bring no contractor to carry out these works. However, if some skilled workers are required to be brought from outside their payment should be done by the V.S.S. Chair Person after duly discussing the details with the Managing Committee and recording it in the Minutes Book. No Forest Officer should make payment directly for works carried out within the V.S.S.
  • Before the withdrawal of funds from the joint account, a resolution should be passed by the Managing Committee indicating the works done and amounts to be paid and recorded in the minute’s book. In the absence of such a resolution neither the V.S.S. chairperson nor the Vice Chairperson shall draw any money from the joint account. Any deposit into the Joint Account will be reported to the Managing Committee indicating the amount received and a resolution of receipt will be passed and recorded in the Minutes Book. Whenever a resolution is passed for withdrawal of money indicating the works done for which payments are to be made, a copy of such a resolution should be sent to the Forest Section Officer by the Forest Beat Officer/Assistant Bear Officer. This will keep the Forest Section Officer aware of the works done and funds withdrawn.
  • Soon after withdrawal of funds from V.S.S. account it should be reported to the Managing Committee, either on the same day or next day, along with the passbook so as to ensure that the managing committee is aware of the funds withdrawn.
  • For all the works done by the V.S.S. a Muster Roll Register should be maintained on a permanent basis where the names of persons engaged in various works are mentioned, total payable to each should be noted and amount paid is recorded. The Forest Section Officer or Forest Beat Officer/Assistant Bear Officer should sign this register.
  • The resolution passed for withdrawal of funds, the actual amount with drawn giving the details of cheque number and amount disbursed must tally. It will be the responsibility of the Forest Section Officer to check this tally and record it in his diary.
  • The year-wise funds received, the list of works carried out annually, expenditures incurred, etc., shall be prominently displayed in the village at an appropriate public place for all the villagers to know the activities in the Vana Samrakhana Samithi.

H.S.BRAHMA

PRL. SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

 

ANNEXURE – II

 

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

 

We, the Managing Committee Members of the _____________ Vana Samrakshana Samithi duly elected by the Vana Samrakshana Samithi as per the provisions of G.O.Ms.No.224, dated 11.11.1993, do hereby undertake to perform the duties and functions as detailed in the G.O.Ms.No.13, EFES&T(For III) Dept. dated 12.2.2002 of the Forest Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh for proper protection of the Forest (s)/Plantation (s) assigned to this Committee as per the schedule given hereunder.

 

SCHEDULE:

1. Name of Vana Samrakshana Samithi

2. District

3. Division

4. Range

5. Section

6. Beat

7. Block, Compartment No.

8. Area (ha)

9. Boundary

 

North - East -

South - West -

In return for the satisfactory performance of the above duties and functions, the Vana Samrakshana Samithi will be entitled to share in the usufructs as envisaged in the aforesaid G.O.Ms.No.13, EFES&T(For III) Dept. dated 12.2.2002. and that these usufruct benefits as detailed in the aforesaid G.O.Ms.No.13, EFES&T(For III) Dept. dated 12.2.2002 shall be allowed only upon satisfactory observance of the duties and functions by this Committee and the individual beneficiaries.

 

Signature of the Members of the Committee Signature of Witnesses

 

Name & Address - Signature Name & Address - Signature

1. 1.

2. 2.

3. 3.

We agree to perform the duties mentioned in G.O.Ms.No.13, EFES&T(For III) Dept. dated 12.2.2002.

Signature of Local Forest Officer

 

S.No. Name & Designation Signature

1.

2.

3.

 

We agree to assist the State Forest Department and V.S.S in carrying out the Community Forest Management Plan and implementation of G.O.Ms.No.13 EFES&T (For III) Department, dated 12.2.2002.

 

Signature of witnesses

 

S.No. Name & Address Signature

1.

2

H.S.BRAHMA

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

 

GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH

FOREST DEPARTMENT

 

Ref.No.47842/2000-P MU-III/2

Dated: 14-02-2002

Office of the Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests Andhra Pradesh, ‘Aranya Bhavan’, Hyderabad

 

Sri K. Subba Rao, IFS,

Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests

***

The Comprehensive Orders issued by the Government on Andhra Pradesh Community Forest Management Project in G.O.Ms.No.13, Environment, Forest , Science & Technology (For.III) Department, Dated 12-02-2002 are communicated.

 

Sd/- K.Subba Rao ,

Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests

To

All the Officers of the Distribution List “A”.

Copy to the Table of Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests/All Addl. Prl. Chief Conservators of Forests/ All Chief Conservators of Forests.

Copy to the Stock File.

 

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