New Delhi, Dec 18 In the backdrop of demonetisation, Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave asks young forest officers to emphasise on cashless transaction and push towards making all activities digital to root out corruption. He said this at the Induction Training Programme for 2016-2018 batch officers of Indian Forest Service at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA) in Dehradun yesterday.
"The minister emphasised that in order to make the system corruption free, financial transactions should be cashless, or less cash should be used to the extent possible," an official statement said. Dave is on his first official visit to Uttarakhand and had reached Dehradun on a four-day visit on Friday.
Later, during his visit to the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), he said focus should be on research, through which livelihood and economic status of people living around forest areas are enhanced and they get motivated to plant more trees. A presentation highlighting the achievements and future road map of the council was made.
Dave also visited museums that displayed forest products, non-wood forest products and entomology museums of FRI and its Xylarium, which is an international, scientific collection of woods. The minister expressed satisfaction on the status of upkeep of museums.
He was impressed with the collection of specimens and specially the massive collection of blocks of timber of plant species native to various countries, the statement said. Dave stressed on the need to make these museums more interactive so that visitors can learn more about this collection and its significance in the promotion of forestry science.