Hyderabad: In a move to enhance knowledge on land and forest laws, court procedures and ways to protect forests, the Centre for Tribal and Land Rights, NALSAR University of Law, in collaboration with Telangana State Forest Academy, organised a one-day training programme for forest officers in the State.
The training programme focused on proper implementation of the forest laws in order to safeguard forest lands, flora and fauna.
Speaking at the inaugural programme on Wednesday, Surveyor General of India, Swarna Subba Rao said that Survey of India is in the process of developing a ‘Continuously Operated Reference Station Network’, a customised GPS system for the purpose of conducting a more accurate survey with an expected range of 10 to 20 cm.
The Survey of India is also actively working on the use of drones in simplifying the survey and preparing a standard operating procedure across the country.
The training programme was attended by over 100 Forest Range Officers (FROs), Deputy Range Forest Officers (DRFOs), Forests Section Officers (FSO), Forest Beat Officers (FBOs) and Assistant Beat Officers (ABOs).
Prof. Dr. V Balakista Reddy, Registrar, NALSAR University of Law, said that if forest officials were equipped with the legal knowledge and necessary legal skills, they would be able to better protect the forests and rights of the people for present and future generations.
M Sunil Kumar, Director, Land Laws and Policies, Landesa, in a session highlighted the importance of updated and accessible land records for both forest department and common people in order to reduce land litigation.