Arms, ammunition seized in Surankote
17 February 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: All Jammu and Kashmir Wood Suppliers Union (JKWSU) has urged upon the State Government to stop imposing tax on the private plantation in the State and harassing growers in transportation of exempted tree species. Addressing a press conference here today, president of the organisation, Gulzar Ahmed Pardesi said that farmers who are growing trees like Willow, Kiker, Bren, Handoon etc. in their own private land have to pay tax at the rate of 12.5 % to the State Government which is highly unjustified and extra burden on the growers. He said Government has already taken a decision to stop such charges but this practice was still going on several districts. He pointed out that the Forest Department in an order issued on April 20, 2006 had exempted some of the species from the purview of obtaining Form 25 for transportation but it is shocking that this practice was still going on in several districts and concerned Forest Officials DFOs and Range Officers were charging exhorbitant fee for issuing Form 25 to the growers in clear violation to the Govt Order No. 198-FST of 2006 ( Apr). Producing a copy of Govt order he disclosed that the tree species exempted in State are Kiker, Poplars, Willows, Plash, Jamun, Eucalyptus, Mango, Gauva, Peach, Apple, Bren, Robenia, Ailanthus, Handoon, Apricot and Brengi. But it is unfortunate that Forest officials seize the timber and impose heavy penalty on growers which is illegal. Mr Pardesi urged upon the Finance Minister, Tariq Hamid Qarra to abolish the tax being charged from the poor growers and farmers on the firewood- timber produced in own private land. He also sought the intervention of Forest Minister Qazi Afzal to issue strict instructions to the Forest officials not to harass the growers for the transportation of these exempted species. Others who spoke in the conference included- Karam Singh president Jammu province of the Union, Kewel Krishan Distt president Jammu, Devinder Singh Distt president Poonch, Sobat Ali Distt president Udhampur, Ghulam Rasool State general secretary, Wali Mohd from Pulwama (distt chief), Nazir Ahmed from Srinagar, Ghulam Nabi Yatoo and others. Arms, ammunition seized in Surankote. Army today recovered two consignments of arms and ammunition from Surankote tehsil in Poonch district. First consignment was seized from Mahari Mohalla which include one Universal Machine Gun (UMG), 48 rounds of 7.26 sniper rifle, 60 rounds of 60 mm rifle grenade, 175 AK rounds, one rifle grenade and one wireless set. Another recovery was made by troops from Surankote forests which include two grenades, one dicta phone, two grenades and some belongings of the militants, official sources said.