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Timber Operation

1.  The Forest Department is realising revenue on timber, the one originating from private plantation (Tree Farms) as per actual measurement and the other which is being seized and released at notified timber depots in accordance with Para 7 of the 7th July 2000 notification issued by the Govt. called ‘‘Nagaland Tree Farm and Timber Regulations, 2000”.

The Govt allows felling of trees from trees farms after ascertaining the volume of trees to be felled by the field officers. The owners of felled trees can transport the timber after getting transit passes from the Forest Range Officer of the area by paying forest royalty as per actual measurement.

 In cases of timber felled by the villagers in their Jhum-land to facilitate cultivation, the Govt. allows the concerned owner to transport the felled timber up to the nearest notified timber depot without any documents. The Forest Range officer of the jurisdiction of the depot issues transit passes after measuring the timber and realising royalty for transportation of the timber. 

2.  Ban on export of round logs below 4 (four) ft. in girth on the pretext of firewood or otherwise to any place outside the State continued.

3. Operation of Forest Produce other than timber -such as cane, agar, etc. continued to be regulated by ‘Mahal’ system, on outright sale basis as per the provisions of Mahal settlement rules contained in the Nagaland Forest Act 1968. The system continued without any change. The Govt. has ordered operation of sand and stone through permit system.

4.  Ban on issue of ‘FREE PERMITS’ on Timber continued in order to plug leakage of Government revenue.

5.  On  12. 12. 96. The Supreme Court vide order No.597/95/PIL/WRIT dated. 17. 12. 96, New Delhi has passed order banning the felling of trees including transportation of logs, veneers / plywood and timbers, and has ordered the closure of all mills (saw/ veneer / plywood) with immediate effect. As per the direction of this order, the State Government / Department has followed Supreme Court orders accordingly. Pursuant to the Supreme Court Orders dated 4.3.97 the MOEF, New Delhi has constituted a High Power Committee. As per the instruction of the Committee, inventories of timber and timber products in all forms lying in various parts of the State was prepared and taken into stock. The State Government vide Notification No.FOR/GEN-1/97, dated 06. 06. 97 have constituted a State Level Committee as well as the District Level Committee to verify and check the inventory of stocks of timber. These inventories have since then been submitted to the HPC for obtaining the clearance. Till now, the HPC has given the clearance for quite a number of mills in the state for operation and those mills cleared by the HPC have been given the final clearance by the PCCF, Kohima. In compliance with Supreme Court order dated 15.1.98, the State Government has constituted Committees for (i) pricing, (ii) preparation of Working Plans and (iii) notification of industrial estates and action has already taken to increase the royalty rates. The department has already established industrial estates as per recommendation of committee. Working schemes have already prepared/being prepared and some working schemes were approved by MOEF.