Bhopal — State Minister for Forests Sartaj Singh has called for optimal utilization of information technology to conserve the state’s green cover, the minister was reviewing the activities of information technology at Forest Department headquarters at Satpura Bhawan in the state capital on Friday.
Additional Chief Secretary Forest Prashant Mehta, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests AK Dubey and a host of officials were present.
Singh said that efforts should be undertaken to control damages due to illegal felling of trees and grazing in the forest areas.
He said that integrated training should be imparted to field staff about the use of information technology and called for training to forest staff in preparing Forest Rights Documents with the help of a special computer software.
He underlined the need to implement information technology systems at the grass root level to ensure better results for the state’s conservation initiative.
Speaking on the occasion, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Information Technology Anil Oberoy informed that various forestry activities can be monitored with the help of computer-based forest management system.
At the meeting, a presentation was made on the progress of construction of new Van Bhawan. Chief Conservator of Forests Community Forest Management Project Jawwad Hasan said that the construction of the new office building was necessitated by the need to provide adequate work space to various departments under the same roof.