Eviction drive will continue: Manipur forest minister

Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 5 | Publish Date: 7/6/2018 12:20:54 AM IST
Manipur forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar Thursday said that the eviction of illegal encroachers at the reserved forest was necessary to check shrinking forest coverage in the state.
The minister said that the eviction of illegal encroachers in the reserved forest areas will continue without any bias reiterating that the exercise did not targeted at any particular community. 
He said all illegal encroachers will be evicted and asked politicians including ministers and MLAs not to give any kind of pressure to spare the area for their interest.
The minister said this while addressing media persons after an Agar plantation programme in Tengnoupal district’s Hollenphai village near international border.
Clarifying to allegations regarding sparing land encroached by influential people like ministers and ministers, the minister said that there was no question of sparing the areas which were allegedly encroached.
“It is a strong commitment of the government to protect forest coverage and if necessary the department (forest) will knock at the door of the law court,” he said.
It may be noted that state forest department had recently carried out eviction drive Awaching forest under Nongmaiching hill reserved forest areas and 80 houses were dismantled. 

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