Dimapur, February 19: Nagaland Forest Department on Wednesday issued notice to three plywood units in Dimapur district under Nagaland Forest Act, 1968 and Tree Felling Regulation 2017. The units are Changki Valley Forest Products, Tenyiphe; M/s Angami Ply, Tenyiphe and Akash Wood Products, 7th Mile, Dimapur.
The notices were issued after a team of forest officials led by Lhoubeilatuo Kire, IFS, ACS to Chief Minister and HoFF, Department of Environment, Forests & Climate Change made a surprise inspection of the units.
Stock verification of the three plywood units showed anomalies that did not match the actual number of logs in the plywood premises.
Finding the anomalies, Kire directed that notice be issued immediately to all the three units under Nagaland Forest Act, 1968 and Tree Felling Regulation 2017 for legal action. He said the Department will not hesitate to take the extreme step of suspension or revoking of their licenses.
Kire also instructed forest officials to complete inspection of all HPC cleared units and non-HPC units within the next few days.
The team that accompanied Kire during the surprise inspections was Dr Kenei Miachieo, IFS, CF (STC); Jongpong Walling, Range Officer Dimapur; Imkongsunep, Range Officer Chumukedima and 18 forest executive staff.
The State forest department is undertaking a special drive to inspect and verify stocks in all wood based industries in the State in an effort to combat illegal timber business and smuggling. (Page News Service)