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IFS officer suspended by J&K Govt over alleged dereliction of duties

Last Updated on May 20, 2021 at 3:46 pm

The government of Jammu and Kashmir has placed a DFO Forest Division Jammu Alok Kumar Maurya (IFS) over alleged dereliction of duties and subsequent failure on compliance of the High Court’s directions vis-à-vis encroachment of Forest Land.

A Government Order No.: 59 JK (FST) of 2021 Dated: 19.05.2021 reads “a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) No 25/2017 titled SAVE (Save Animal Value Environment) Vs State of J&K & Ors, CM No. 1456/020 IA Nos. 112017 and 2/2017, is pending before High Court of J&K and during the course of hearings, multiple orders have been issued regarding encroachment on Forest Lands, wherein, inter-alia, the Forest Department was directed to submit details of the persons in unauthorized occupation of Forest Lands, put up the details of Forest Lands encroached on the website of Forest Department and to take steps to evict the encroachers from the land”.

In an order dated 07,10,2020, the Jammu & Kashmir High Court has also directed that “Let the respondents also file a report before us giving the action taken to retrieve the land from the 50 largest encroachers (in terms of size of the land encroached) before the next date of hearing” Stating that the status of retrieval of encroached Forest Land was reviewed by authorities on 30th April 2021 and it was observed that in Jammu Forest Division ‘no tangible action has been taken to effectively demonstrate the compliance of the directions of J&K  High Court, as regards the eviction and retrieval of the encroached Forest Lands, the Government in its above-referred order said, “Alok Kumar Maurya, IFS, DFO Jammu Forest Division has ‘failed to comply with the directions of J&K High Court in retrieving and securing the encroached Forest Lands and evidently, his inaction has further delayed evictions and retrieval of the encroached lands”.