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INFORMERS NOW TO GET 50% VALUE OF SEIZED FOREST PRODUCE Friday, 26 August 2016 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

INFORMERS NOW TO GET 50% VALUE OF SEIZED FOREST PRODUCE
Friday, 26 August 2016 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
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The State Government has decided to provide 50 per cent of the sale value of seized forest produce to the Vana Suraksha Samiti or any individual on whose information the forest produce would be detected. Earlier, 25 per cent of the sale value of such seized materials was given to informers.
Former MLA and noted environmentalist Bibhudhendra Pratap Das has hailed a notification issued in this regard by the Forests and Environment Department recently. Das had been requesting the Government to increase the reward money for informant for long.
As per the revised provision, whenever forest produces are disposed by any DFO, 50 per cent of the sale value would be deposited in a separate interest bearing account in any nationalised bank.
Earlier, 45 per cent of the deposited amount (25 per cent of sale value) was given to the forest staff, another 45 per cent to the informers and the rest 10 per cent was deposited in Forest Relief and Welfare Fund. Now as per the revised provision, informers would get 70 per cent of the deposited amount and forest staff would get 25 per cent while five per cent would be deposited in the Forest Relief and Welfare Fund. The fund is meant to be used for providing special reward in cases where forest staff and informers suffer severe injuries, major disabilities or death while dealing with forest offenders.

“As the reward money has been increased and the name of informers is kept secret, it is now expected that more people will come forward to inform about forest offence,” said Das.

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