[Blogs] The deforestation of Gilgit-Baltistan and Corruption

 From Aly Shafa: The forest department of GB is one of the most corrupt department in GB . officers of this department are just getting salaries and benefits without duties, all kind of fundings from international donor agencies are just wasted on non-development expenditures no single tree planted for years.

I am working with this department for more than 9 years in the Roundu area, with Hamaliay Green Society Gilgit Baltistan, no such alternatives to protect forest or wildlife have been initiated. I have personally visited DFO office many times with plans to save forest and how to grow manmade forest through nurseries but of no use.  Every year federal ministry of environment and other organizations are allocating funds for manmade forest (Nurseries) unfortunately these forest official just waste the money on their non productive activities. In the 64 years of the history of Gilgit-Baltistan there has not been any forest development plan has been undertaken particularly in Baltistan.

I visited all most all the big forests. The department of forest is involved in deforestation and do not pay any heed to the plight of the people living in the forests areas who are working as volunteers to protect forest. In Roundu Bilamik forest is finished by the employees of forest department with timber and officers of forest department are part of heinous Timber Mafia. People of the area are now not even getting fire wood, once it was among the big forest of GB, the same situation is going on with the Maliyaar-TaluBrouq Forest, and Ganji forest

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9 Responses to [Blogs] The deforestation of Gilgit-Baltistan and Corruption

  1. Aly shafa, Hamaliya Green Society Gilgit Baltistan says:

    i am thankfull to Gigit Baltistan times for the right decision to promote this terrible situation of deforstration and crimenal silnce from forest department and other high level concern people , the world is working on protection of such resource in GB it totally going inveres , the high ranking officials of GB forest are just setting in offices for salaries no such kind of plans or concern to the area, they just thinking about the budget utilization how and where to show the expenses, i persoanlly saw the situation in 2008, there was scheme of plantation which was under skardu division, plants brought from dwon country nursaries to the areas and disribyted in friends and relatives not given to the concern forest committes in the forest area, if the given to some one they hv to take from main office by travel from the village all transportation done by the village voleenteer committess, and staff of forest department were enjoying the tyme at homes,
    there should be concreet work on forest through community empowerment, in Roundu area of GB committees are working since 2002, but no nursaries or plantation programme initaited by forest department despite many request from local forest committees, influntial people are converting forest into personaal peroperty due to the lack of concentration of forest department and the curreption of the district revenue deprtamnet in illegale allotment of land by taking money. police also not taking action if there is such forest related case happened is local area, sometimes they advise why you are indulging in public matters live your comfort personal life,

    i appeal all the nature loving GBIANS please understand the conspircy and nigligence of forest department to vinsh the nature resource from GB, which is effecting Wildlife and other flora and funna

    regards
    aly shafa
    mir.alishafa@gmail.com

  2. Aly shafa, Hamaliya Green Society Gilgit Baltistan says:

    brother i posted on facebook about GB peace in historical prospective kindly blogg it

  3. irfan ali shah says:

    Dear fellow i am Irfan Ali shah from Dist Hunza Nagar.our civil society and so called administration is quite well aware of the respective situations and such circumstances which had been happening in such a beautiful region for several years,indeed it is not new.i would like to share an opinion for the younger generations that they have to critically think and analyze the unfair and partial activities in Govt offices in GB.for sure i mean to to say that the unfair induction procedures held by this department,like infinite issue can be figure out if you really want it.i can personally figure out such employees who are never been to their duty but still getting their salaries residing in big cities like Karachi and etc.

  4. Aly shafa, Hamaliya Green Society Gilgit Baltistan says:

    you are right irfan shah sahib, i really appreciate your concerns and happy atleast there are people like u to understand the situation, and importance of the issue

  5. Aly shafa, Hamaliya Green Society Gilgit Baltistan says:

    i heard little movment about forst department in Baltistan after the report of GB Times, i come to know a range officer has planned a visit to Roundu velly where almost 80% of batistan forest resource lies,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, this helpfull in practicality really

  6. alyshafaprof says:

    nd Secretary with a sect-rate with full facilities and huge fleet of staff for the forest protection in reality there is nothing going good in this department as the timber mafia and forest department officials has close understanding for decades long , so the recent realized pressure from civil society or village based conservation and forest protection societies’ appeals and request mean nothing for them i can produce to many such examples from the Roundu velly where forest department is reluctant to listen to public demand for forest protection people has been taking care of the forest themselves with village based organization, i knew among many one in Roundu area is active Hamaliay Green Society since 2002 as volunteer network for forest conservation ,, when forest department will realize the responsibilities God knows the fact??

  7. alyshafaprof says:

    there is no such Timber policy and forest protection plans at GB level although we have an Adviser and Secretary with a sect-rate with full facilities and huge fleet of staff for the forest protection in reality there is nothing going good in this department as the timber mafia and forest department officials has close understanding for decades long , so the recent realized pressure from civil society or village based conservation and forest protection societies’ appeals and request mean nothing for them i can produce to many such examples from the Roundu velly where forest department is reluctant to listen to public demand for forest protection people has been taking care of the forest themselves with village based organization, i knew among many one in Roundu area is active Hamaliay Green Society since 2002 as volunteer network for forest conservation ,, when forest department will realize the responsibilities God knows the fact??

  8. Aly Shafa says:

    yes agreed bad situation of forest department

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