Asha (Association for Social and Humanize Action) is initiated in 1994 and working with Scheduled Tribe (Koya) community from the inception. Asha works on 3 themes (EEE) EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT AND EMPOWEREMENT in 10 Grama Panchayaths of Chinturu Mandal of Khammam district, Andhra Pradesh. We wish to share our CONCERN and ACTIVITIES through this blog to the partners and community. We always welcome feedback support from viewers.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
FOREST BURNS IN BHADRACHALAM SOUTH DIVISION
FOREST BURNS IN BHADRACHALAM (SOUTH) DIVISION: I still remember that my father used to alert village community and take them to reserve forest and Teak plantations to control the fire even in the MIDNIGHT'S. During 1966 my father was working as Forest Guard (not Forest Beat OFFICER as of now) in Gulletiwada beat of Kunduluru forest section. From last week of March to 1st week of April every year our forest BURNS, it seems like a DEEPAVALI. All the day become foggy all the forest and neighboring areas. Those days the Forest Guard and Watcher should stay in their beat head quarter and build relation with village community for helping them in forest protection and forestry works.
Now the situation become worse. Our Khammam district is at first place in the State for forest loss. Bhadrachalam south division is major affected area. People and Department say different reasons for forest loss. All field staff are now become OFFICERS at their level as Assistant Beat Officer, Beat Officer, Section Officer and Range Officer. They stay in the Mandal head quarter because of their children education or health problems of their parents etc; etc;. No body bothers about forest burning, Podu cultivation or smuggling. They blame community, community blame them. Very surprisingly the newly appointed staff even don't know their beat borders. WOMEN employed in executive staff. Very sad to mention here that Field staff are now feeling very shame to wear the dress (once the dress code is pride of the department and job). Now communities are observing the changes in attitude and behavior of Department. We find hardly concern or commitment among the field staff about forest conservation, they just need to spend 30 days to get their salaries. The matter of discipline and punishments are no more. No officer can even issue a memo to his sub-ordinate or take action.