‘Hiya Forest’ helpline nails corrupt Bhandara foresters | Nagpur Information

NAGPUR: The Maharashtra forest division’s 24×7 ‘Hiya Forest’ toll free helpline 1926 is proving useful for the folks and on the identical time it’s serving to to unmask foresters, particularly these concerned in corrupt practices.
Within the newest case, a grievance on helpline 1926 by an alert resident Raju Tumsare, of Kardi in Mohadi tehsil and a wildlife lover from Injewada close to Koka in Bhandara district has put a spherical officer and a forest guard in hassle for corruption.
In response to sources, a deer was electrocuted on February 14, within the farm of 1 Dhote in Injewada near Koka Wildlife Sanctuary. When forester WR Khan and forest guard VD Dongre learnt concerning the incident they approached the farmer and after a deal buried the herbivore on February 15, with out conducting autopsy and termed it as a pure loss of life. Chowkidar Maroti Agashe too was concerned.
When alert Tumsare and a wildlife lover learnt about it, they referred to as up helpline 1926. The grievance was transferred to increased ups who discovered the grievance on helpline to be true.
The carcass of the deer was exhumed on February 16, and later burned within the Koka relaxation home premises. The position of livestock improvement officer (LDO) involved, who issued autopsy report that the deer died a pure loss of life, has additionally come below scanner .
The Nagpur Circle chief conservator of forests (CCF) TSK Reddy has ordered an inquiry into the matter. He directed assistant conservator of forests (ACF) Manohar Gokhale to submit a report.
Reddy mentioned, “It’s good that 1926 has now a wider attain for widespread man. It has uncovered a case which we’d have by no means identified had the helpline not been lively. I’ll see to it that motion is taken towards such workers.”
This isn’t the primary case of corruption towards Khan. Earlier, as reported by TOI on October 17, Khan was concerned in getting ready faux vouchers to pay wages to lifeless individuals for varied plantation and soil conservation works in Bhandara vary, however senior officers gave him a clear chit for causes identified to them.
For the reason that launch of the 1926 helpline on January 5, at the very least 300 calls are acquired each day however most of them are prank calls. Name centre officers mentioned, “We go on the data to respective divisions in case of significant calls about poaching, forest fires, illicit felling, grazing and so on.”

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