Assam Forest

1. MoEFCC’s Shillong office issues show cause notice to Forest Special Chief Secretary of Assam, M K Yadava.
2. Notice claims violation of Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 for approving police camp construction.
3. Yadava given 60 days to respond to allegations.

Guwahati, May 25: The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change’s regional office in Shillong has issued a show cause notice to Special Chief Secretary (Forest) of Assam, M K Yadava.

This notice alleges a violation of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 for approving the construction of a police commando battalion camp without proper authorization.

Yadava responded, stating he felt victimized as the leaked show cause notice was a private document. He questioned the ethics behind its leakage and requested the Ministry to investigate the matter.

Additionally, Yadava questioned why the Mizoram government hadn’t received any notice for encroaching upon 5000 hectares of land. Expressing concern over the sacrifice of six Assam police officers’ lives, he raised suspicions of a vested interest circle against Assam.

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He emphasized the need for proper action against encroachment and accountability for the officers’ deaths. The notice against Yadava follows a probe revealing construction on 44 hectares of Inner Line Reserve Forest land in Damchera, Hailakandi district.

There are six Reserved Forests in Assam, from Inner Line RF under Cachar and Hailakandi Division to Tilbhum Hills RF under Karimganj Division, sharing boundaries with Mizoram.

These forests have a total notified area of 121046.74 ha, with 3652.28 ha encroached by individuals from Mizoram.