Nagaland Timber Traders’ Union (NTTU) Wednesday has demanded immediate transfer of state Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) for his “negligence” on the transportation of timber outside the state.
NTTU in a press handout alleged that due to the indifferent attitude by PCCF, the restriction on movement of timber outside the state has come to a standstill for almost a year.
A representation seeking state government’s intervention had been forwarded, but the PCCF remained indifferent to the genuine problem faced by the timber traders and tree growers, said the NTTU.
NTTU cautioned that if present PCCF was not transferred or replaced within 15 days from the day of issue of this statement, the union would be compelled to take its own course of action.
According to NTTU, the problems came to light in July 2010 when custom department stopped wagons from Nagaland, on wrong information that some wagons contained Burma teak.
However, during a joint verification carried out in Delhi with forest department, custom officials and timber owners, it was found that wagons from Nagaland did not contain a single Burma teak, NTTU claimed.
NTTU further said timber in Nagaland was extracted under approved working scheme and from registered tree growers and therefore the question of “illegal timber movement”. does not arise.