To take stock of the damage caused by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the entire erstwhile District Doda and its adjoining areas on 1st of May 2013, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Sh. Ghulam Nabi Azad accompanied by Vice Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Sh. M. Shashidhar Reddy, today visited Doda.
Three forest guards have been suspended for their reported failure to check green felling and their involvement in facilitating timber smuggling in Bhaderwah Forest Division of district Doda. 'The action was taken after finding that the accused have failed to check green felling and facilitating the illegal activities,' said M M Gupta adding that further action against the erring officials will be taken by Chief Conservator himself after completion of the probe.
After continuous expose by the media of unabated green felling of Cedar and Pine trees in Bhaderwah, forest department seems to have woken up from deep slumber or has been forced to finally move from its stance of shielding corrupt officials, as in a high level meeting Tuesday a team was constituted to ascertain the loss of green forest in Bhaderwah Forest division.
In order to empower women and to boost the decision making powers among the young generation of far-off areas, Jay Kay Women Welfare society has adopted 40 villages in Gandoh and Thathri blocks of district Doda under International Partnership agreement Programme (IPAP) supported by Save the Children.