Nagpur: Along with one RFO and SFD on charges of irregularities in plantation works in the Telhara range of Akola district. A round one officer has also been suspended taking the plantation failures too seriously.
Deeply troubled by the plantation failures, Arjuna KR, Deputy Conservator of Akola (DECF) also made a surprise visit to the Telhara range of social forestry department, Where about 24,500 saplings had been planted in June 2021-22. The officer has also found very serious irregularities in these gardens at about three different places, And range forest officer Sandip Chilkar and Goal Officer Gopal Kadhale have also been completely suspended for their lapses.
Arjun has confirmed that the plantation was not done at all as per the prepared estimate. There was a huge mismatch in the number of plants planted, indicating financial irregularities.
He has said that a disciplinary inquiry has been ordered against both the employees and they have also been suspended. So that he does not tamper with the evidence at all. The charge of the suspended range forest officer has been handed over to Akola range forest officer.
Outsiders were involved in plantation work
Sources have said that these gardens have about 18,887 saplings in about 17 hectares in Umri (Poorna), Nimbora contained about 3,333 (3 ha) saplings and Ukali Bazar contained about 2,222 (2 ha) saplings. More than 30 lakh rupees have been spent on these plantations.
Sheikh Munna Sheikh, RTI activist and founder of Nisarg Sarvardhan Multinational Organization, Akola, Who has exposed completely failed plantations at various places, has also alleged that the local villagers were not given employment at all in Telhara. And outsiders were also involved in plantation work.
Sheikh Munna Sheikh has said that during an inspection at Umri where about 18,887 saplings had been planted, Only 7,000 have been found and out of about 3,333 plants, only 500 were alive in Nimbora. Only about 700 plants have been found alive in Ukali market.
Sheikh Munna Sheikh has said that most of the living plants are also on the verge of dying. Although display boards are still being installed after the visit of the Deputy Conservator. The gardens are also being watered and the death rate is also being changed drastically.
DYCF Arjuna said this issue is also part of the investigation and they will go into all the details.
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