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Nagaland bans jungle burning

Correspondent, Kohima, India
The Nagaland government has banned burning of forests and warned of punitive measure against the guilty in an important step to mark the world environment day.  The civil administration has issued a notification imposing immediate ban on burning of jungles under any village. The notification stated that jungle burning is causing tremendous loss and destruction which leads to ecological and environmental imbalance and also endangering the lives and property of public in general while affecting the survival of flora and fauna.

Anyone found neglecting jhum (shifting cultivation) field and spreading fire to other areas or burning the jungles in random for hunting wild animals and birds will be liable to pay a fine of Rs. 10,000. However, making fire or setting fire in the actual jhum cultivation is exempted from the purview of this order. The Village Councils concerned are directed to find out or detect the culprits in order to pay the imposed fine to the government.

If the culprit is not detected by the village concerned, under whose jurisdiction jungle burning has taken place, a sum of Rs. 10,000/- will be deducted from the development fund for that particular year. The concerned village functionaries are also directed to give wide publicity in their respective village jurisdiction and town for compliance to this order.    June 5, 2009