PESHAWAR: Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak has said that his government would take severe action against elements involved in illegal cutting of the forests and declared to wage a war against timber mafia across the province.
This he said while addressing during a briefing given by forest department at Hazara University Mansehra.
Chairman PTI Imran Khan was chief guest on this occasion.
Deforestation in any shape will be considered heinous crime in future, he said, adding that new environment policy and strict laws and penalties are being introduced to discourage timber mafia.
He said that those informing about illegal cutting would be given 25% reward money under whistle blow law being enacted soon and said that there would be scientific cutting of trees under strict surveillance and also there would be complete ban on cutting of timber even under windfall law.
Pervez Khattak regretted that 20 million standing trees were cut illegally in the pre text of windfall in the limits of Saran forest division in Mansehra that is nothing but destruction of precious wealth of forestry and hence his govt was compelled to even ban cutting of trees under windfall.
He said that provincial govt was introducing carbon plus policy under which forest wealth would be provided complete cover as well as its area would be increased considerably.
Similarly he said that maximum financial benefits would be provided to the owners of the forestry under the new law.
He said that an agreement was being inked with the European for generating forest wealth to the tune of 4 to 5 billion rupees.
Pervez Khattak said that BILLION TREE TSUNAMI program was being launched vigorously in the province wherein a target of planting one billion trees has been fixed that would be outsourced to private nurseries whereas provincial govt would just supervise it through Google earth, GIS system and other scientific means.