J&K Forest Development Agency formed for Implementation of Green India Mission in the UT

JAMMU: The Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir hereby on Friday sanctioned for the formation of Forest Development Agency in the Union Territory of J&K, which will be headed by LG Manoj Sinha. The notification a copy of which lies with JKYouth Newspaper reads: Sanction is hereby accorded to the constitution of Revamped Union territory Forest Development Agency, UT Level Executive Committee, UT Steering Committee and District Steering Committee(s), comprising of the following, for effective planning, implementation and monitoring of the National Mission for Green India (GIM) in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir :-

A. Revamped UT Forest Development Agency

  1. General Body:-
1.Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor, Jammu & Kashmir.Chairperson
2.Chief Secretary, J&KMember
3.Administrative Secretary, Department of Forests, Ecology and EnvironmentMember
4.Principal Chief Conservator of ForestsMember
5.Chief Wildlife WardenMember
6.Nodal Officer (Forest Conservation)Member
7.Chairman, Executive Committee, all FDAs (CFs)Member
8.Member Secretary, Executive Committee, all FDAs (Hq DFOs (T))Member
9.Nodal officer (State CAMPA)Member
10.Representative of three eminent NGOs of the UTMember(s)
 a. Representative of WWF- India
b. Sh. Nazir be Nazir, National Society for protection of Water Resources, Wetlands & Forests (NGO)
c. Sh. Nadeem Qadri. Wildlife Conservation Fund, (NGO)
11.Nodal Officer, GIM, Chief Conservator of Forests, (Planning & Projects).Member Secretary.

Terms of Reference:-

  1. To provide for overall guidance for the Mission in achieving Mission goals and objectives.
  2. To oversee implementation of the board policy framework in achieving Mission goals and objectives.

The committee shall meet at least once a year.

Union territory Level Executive Committee:

1.Administrative Secretary, Department of Forests, Ecology and Environment.Chairperson
2.Principal Chief Conservator of ForestsMember
3.Chief Wildlife WardenMember
4.Nodal Officer (Forest Conservation)Member
5.Chairman, Executive Committee of 3 FDAsMember(s)
 a. Conservator of Forests, East Circle 
 b. Conservator of Forests, Srinagar Circle 
 c. Conservator of Forests, Chenab Circle 
6.Member Secretary, Executive Committee of 3 FDAsMember(s)
 a. DFO, Doda Forest Division. 
 b. DFO, Rajouri Forest Division. 
 c. DFO Kehmil Forest Division 
7.Nodal officer (State CAMPA)Member
8.Director, J&K Forest Research InstituteMember
9.2 Representative of Scientific Institutions and Universities
a. Dr. T. H. Masoodi, Dean Forestry, SKUAST, Kashmir.
b. Dr. S. K. Gupta Director Education, SKUAST, Jammu.
10.Representative of two eminent NGOs of the UTMember(s)
 a. Dr. Navneet Kour, Support (NGO) 
 b. Sh. Nadeem Ahmad Dar, Director J&K Eco Watch 
11.A representative from each of the Department of Finance, Agriculture Production, Science & Technology, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Tribal Affairs (Not below the rank of Additional Secretary).    Members
12Nodal Officer, GIM, Chief Conservator of Forests, (Planning & Projects)Member Secretary

Terms of References:-

  1. Preparation of UT APO and its submission to UT Screening Committee for finalization
  2. Technical approval of District level APOs
  3. Preparation of the annual reports of the UT GIM Ensuring programmatic convergence at the L1 landscape level
  4. Providing technical guidance for implementation of GIM

The committee shall meet at a frequency to be decided by the UT Government but at least twice in a year.

B. UT Steering Committee:

1.Chief SecretaryChairman
2.Administrative Secretary, Agriculture Production DepartmentMember
3.Administrative Secretary, Jal Shakti Department 
4.Administrative Secretary, Forest Ecology and Environment DepartmentMember
5.Administrative Secretary, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati RajMember
6.Administrative Secretary, Tribal Affairs DepartmentMember
7.Administrative Secretary, Planning, Development and Monitoring Department.Member
8.Principal Chief Conservator of ForestsMember
9.Chief Wildlife Warden, J&KMember
10.Nodal officer (SAPCC) / Director, Department of Environment & Remote Sensing, J&K.Member
11.Nodal Officer (Forest Conservation)Member
12.I/c Regional Office Ministry of Environment & Forests, JammuMember
13.Two eminent NGOs working in the field of Conservation & livelihood to be nominated by the UT Government for a period of 2 years at a time who shall be eligible for re-nomination.Member(s)
 a. Sh. V.K Katal CEO, NGO National Industrial Training & Consultancy (NIT-Co). 
 b. Sh. Ashok Kumar Tadia, Jai Baba Neelkanth Sewa Mandal Hiranagar 
14.Nodal Officer, GIM, Chief Conservator of Forests, (Planning & Projects).Member Secretary

Terms of References:-

  1. To provide for overall guidance and synergy with other programmes so that inter- dependent coordination and convergence can be ensured;
  2. To finalize the Perspective Plan for each L1 landscape in the UT and forward it to Govt. of India;
  3. To finalize the APO of the UT Mission and forward it to Government of India for approval;
  4. To monitor the progress of the utilization of funds released by the UT GIM;
  5. To work as Empowered Committee for financial sanctions and approvals at the UT level in accordance with guidelines issued by MoEF&CC from time to time.

The UT Steering Committee shall meet at least once in six months.

C. District Steering Committee:-

1.District Development CommissionerChairman
2.Conservator of Forests or his representative, in whose jurisdiction the Forest Development Agency falls 
3.Assistant Commissioner Development 
4.District Panchayat Officer 
5.Chief Agricultural Officer 
6.District Tribal Welfare OfficerMembers
7.Technical Officer, In-charge of JAKEDA (Non- conventional energy) [To be nominated by the District Development Commissioner] 
8.Headquarter Divisional Forest Officer (Territorial)Member Secretary

Terms of Reference:-

  1. To provide for proper coordination between implementation structures like IWMP, NRLM, MGNREGS and GIM.

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