Tamil Nadu Government JFM
ANNEXURE - VII
GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL NADU
FORESTS - Overseas Economic Co-Operation Fund,
Japan assisted "Tamil Nadu Afforestation Project" - Implementation of the
project from 1997 - 1998 - Draft Guidelines - Approved - Orders - Issued.
ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS (FR. VI) DEPARTMENT
G.O.Ms. No. 342 Dated : 8.8.1997
From the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Lr.
No. VSI (1) / 16448/97, dt. 31.3.97, 2.5.97, 8.5.97, 30.5.97 and
- The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, in his letters read above, has sent a
set of guidelines for approval of the Government towards implementation of the "Tamil
Nadu Afforestation Project" through Joint Forest Management concept and formation of
village forest councils to involve the local people fully in the tree growing activities
in degraded forests, Government lands, community and individual lands as per the norms
approved by the Government of India/Overseas Economics Co-operation Fund Mission.
- The Government have examined the guidelines carefully and have decided to accept
them with slight modifications. The guidelines both in English as well as in Tamil, as
approved by the Government are appended to this order. The Principal Chief Conservator of
forests is requested to instruct the subordinate officers suitably to create awareness
among the local villagers regarding the significance of the programmes, the project and
modes of implementation, as per the approved guidelines.
- This order issues with the concurrence of Finance department vide its U.O.No.
3776/FS/P/97, dt 31.7.1997
/By order of the Governor/
SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT
GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF JFM IN
The National Forest Policy envisages people's involvement in
the development and protection of forests. The Government of Tamil Nadu stand committed to
involve local people in reforestation and protection of degraded forests and to share with
them the sustainable benefits from these forests. This arrangement will be known as
"Joint Forest Management" and the involvement of people will be ensured through
Village Forest Council. In case the land belongs to Government, the approval of the
concerned District Collector shall be obtained and in case of lands within the
jurisdiction of the Panchayats, the approval of the concerned panchayat shall be obtained
before implementing the project.
2. SELECTION OF AREA:
The unit of management under Joint Forest Management will be
a hamlet/group of hamlets/entire village, the abuttant degraded forests, community and
private lands so as to make it a cohesive and manageable unit. The unit of management will
also be on watershed basis. The area covered under each unit of management will be decided
by the District/Divisional Forest officers concerned in consultation with local
communities and the local field staff of the Forest department.
3. VILLAGE FOREST COUNCIL:
- In each of the identified management unit, the people`s representative body
called village forest council(V.F.C) will be formed which will be fully involved in the
planning and execution of works, protection, harvesting and benefit sharing in the
management unit with focus on the degraded forests. The forester concerned will initiate
the process of formation of V.F.C.
- The V.F.C will have as its members, one male member and one female member from
each household provided that they are willing. The Forester/Ranger /District Forest
Officer/Divisional, Forest officer concerned will explain the concept of Joint Forest
Management to the villagers and motivate the maximum number of people to become members of
V.F.C. V.F.C. membership annual non-refundable fee will be Rs.1/- for SC/ST and Rs. 2/-
for other categories. Any person who opts out from the membership of V.F.C will not be
entitled for any benefits.
- The Forester/Ranger/District Forest officer/Divisional Forest Officer concerned
will conduct participatory Rural Appraisal(P.R.A) exercises with the members of V.F.C and
decide the basic thrust areas of the management unit in consultation with the members of
- The V.F.C will meet as and when called for but in any case, atleast once in three
- EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
- Each V.F.C will elect an "Executive Committee" in such a manner that
one hamlet elects atleast two members one of whom is a woman. Each V.F.C will elect a
minimum of 5 (five) and a maximum of 15 (fifteen ) members to the executive Committee. The
village Pandchayat members of the management unit will be co-opted as ex-officio members
of the executive committee (E.C) . The members of E.C. (both elected and ex-officio) will
elect its president from among themselves who will also be ex-officio president of V.F.C.
The Forest Ranger concerned who will be the Member Secretary of the E.C., will also
facilitate the election process of the members and president of E.C.
- If necessary, the District Forest Officer/Divisional Forest Officer concerned may
nominate one representative of a Development Department of the Government and one N.G.O.
as member of E.C.
- The term of E.C. will be five years or till the completion of the project period.
It will meet atleast once in a month.
- The E.C. will be responsible for day to day activities of the V.F.C.
- Constant efforts will be taken by E.C. to bring about unanimity in its decisions.
However, in case of difference of opinion, the decisions of the E.C. will be taken by
majority vote of the members present (elected members and ex-officio members).
- The member Secretary (M.S.) will prepare the Micro Watershed Plan for the
management unit, after consultation with the members of village Forest Council. After
preparation, the micro plan will require formal approval of the E.C.. and then the
technical approval of Distirct forest Officer/Divisional Forest Officer concerned.
4.7 As per the micro plan so approved, the member secretary will
prepare the detailed estimates, for various items of works to be executed, based on forest
schedule of Rates / Public works Department standard schedule of Rates/Agricultural
Engineering standard schedule of rates and get them sanctioned by distirct forest
Officer/Divisional Forest Officer Or Conservator Of Forests, depending on the financial
powers vested with District Forest Officer/Divisional Forest Officer and Conservator of
4.8. For executing the works as per the sanctioned estimates,
the Forest Ranger (Member Secretary) will submit fund application to District Forest
Officer/Divisional Forest Officer. In the fund application, the Signature Of The President
of the V.F.C will be obtained by the member - secretary in order to keep him informed
about the details of the works to be undertaken. District/Divisional Forest Officer will
release the funds to the forest ranger for taking up the works. Subsequent funds will be
released only after the receipt of the accounts for the previous funds released and such
accounts should be signed by both the president and M.S. the expenditure incurred for
works should be only for those items for which the funds were relesed by the Distirct
Forest Officer/Divisional Forest Officer unless prior written permission of the District
Forest Officer/Divisional Forest Officer is taken for the deviation and the amount of
money released for each item should not be exceeded without prior written permission of
the District Forest Officer/Divisional Forest Officer.
- The execution of works will be done by M.S. with the
assistance of the foresters working under him by engaging local people on muster roll. In
case, adequate local labour is not available for engaging muster roll any other system as
prescribed in Tamil Nadu Forest Code/Tamil Nadu Financial Code (petty contract or
scheduled contract, etc.) as decided by E.C/V.F.C. may be followed. In execution of works
and in rendering accounts, the M.S. will follow the Tamil Nadu Forest Code, Tamil Nadu
Financial Code, Tamil Nadu Accounts Code and the existing rules and regulations in force,
in respect of items which are not specifically mentioned in these guidelines.
- The E.C. can also impose fines against erring individuals/hamlets for illicit
removal of firewood or illicit grazing of cattle. The fine amount collected will be
credited to the village forest development fund to be created for the village forest
council. If persuasive efforts fail, it may request District/Divisional Forest Officer
concerned to invoke the provisions of Forest Act for protecting the management unit.
- The E.C. will have the right to expel any of its member or member of V.F.C. after
providing an opportunity of defence.
4.12. The E.C. if need be, may constitute sub-committees from
among its members, for any specific purpose.
- Sharing the sustainable benefits from the degraded forests, Government lands and
community lands lying within the management unit, with the members of V.F.C. and among
them is the most important component of J.F.M scheme. The guiding principle of this
benefit sharing will be equitable distribution and the individual beneficiaries will be
decided by the E.C. bearing in mind the parameters outlined in paras 5.2.1. to 5.2.4.
- Distirct / Divisional Forest Officer will conduct sample survey of the unit of
management and decide about the quantity of firewood available for supply to landless and
poor households. Firewood for their own use to the extent possi;ble will be supplied free
of cost of poor and landless households, subject to the availability on sustained basis.
- Fodder and greenleaf manure will be given free of cost to members of V.F.C.
except big farmers, subject to availability,Sustainable quantities of fodder and greenleaf
manure, etc. available will be decided by the District/Divisional Officer from time to
time and will be given free of cost.
- Grazing will be allowed free of cost depending on the carrying capacity except in
regeneration areas which will be closed for grazing for 3 years. The carrying capacity
will be decided by the District Forest Officer.
- All Non-wood Forest Produce (Minor Forest Produce) for domestic consumption will
be given free of cost to the members of V.F.C. subject to availability. Any surplus
quantity will be sold by E.C. Sustainable N.W.F.P. available will be decided by
District/Divisional Forest Officer. Any other sustainable yield from the management unit
as decided by District/Divisional Forest Officer will be sold by E.C. The sale proceeds so
received will be distributed equitably among the members of V.F.C. by the E.C. after
remitting 25% (Twenty Five Percent) to village forest Development Fund.
- Surplus benefits likely to be available from the management unit can be extended
to others by the District/Divisional Forest Officer in consultation with V.F.C.
- HOW ARE FINANCES MANAGED?
- A Joint Account in the name of the V.F.C will be opened in a local or nearest
bank or post office with the President and Member Secretary as signatories. All the V.F.C
funds will be kept in this account. The president and member secretary will together be
responsible and accountable to the V.F.C. for all financial transactions.
The Member- Secretary will be specifically responsible for the
proper maintenance of accounts and shall have in his/her possession all records relating
to finance. These records include the Cash Book, Accounts Register, Pass Book, Cheque Book
and Record Of Harvest, Sale and Share of JFM produce with a list of beneficiaries.
The village forest development fund shall be maintained as a
separate account head, into which will be credited:
- 25% (Twenty five percent ) of sale proceeds realised in accordance with para
- Membership money.
- Initial expenditure provided from the Forest Department.
- Grants and loans obtained for JFM activities form authorised sources as per the
- Money levied as fines and penalties.
- The Village Forest Development Fund created for the V.F.C. will be utilised for
any contingent or ancillary expenditure by the E.C. Accounts of the Village Forest
Development Fund will be maintained by M.S. which will be audited by the
District/Divisional Forest Officer annually.
7. DECISIONS OF E.C. TO BE PLACED BEFORE V.F.C.
The president of E.C. will inform the V.F.C., once in three
months, the decision taken/activities undertaken by E.C. and a general consensus obtained.
8.1. The District/Divisional Forest Officer concerned will
monitor the functioning of the E.C. of the V.F.C in his jurisdiction and send monthly
report to the conservator of forests. He will also have the authority to disband the
committees and order for reconstitution if in his view, the committees are not discharging
their duties properly. He will do so only after giving adequate opportunities to the
committee members, except the Member Secretary, who may be dealt with under disciplinary
rules. He will also be the Appellate Authority against the orders of E.C. expelling a
member of E.C./V.F.C.
8.2. The Conservator of Forests is the Appellate authority whose
decision on the appeals against the District/Divisional Forest Officer`s order will be
final. The Conservator of Forests will also send monthly report on the working of these
committees, benefit sharing system and Village Forest Development Fund to the Chief
Conservator of Forests.
8.3. The Chief Conservator Of Forests (TAP) or any other Chief
Conservator of Forests incharge of TAP will take up review, once in three months on the
reports of the Conservator Of Forests. The Chief Conservator Of Forests will have
supervisory control and will be empowered to modify any of these guidelines, include or
exclude specific items of Non-Wood Forest Produce and other forest produce to suit
specific local conditions subject to a report to the Government through the Principal
Chief Conservators Of Forests.
ANNEXURE - VIII
GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL NADU
FORESTS - Overseas Economic Co-Operation Fund (OECF),
Japan assisted "Tamil Nadu Afforestation Project (TAP)" - Implementation of the
project from 1997 - 1998 - Draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be entered into
between the forest Department and Village Forest Council- Approved - Orders - Issued.
ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS (FR. VI) DEPARTMENT
G.O.Ms. No. 343 Dated :8.8.1997
From the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Chennai.
Lr.No. VSI (1) / 22442/97, dt. 8.5.97 and 30.5.97.
- The Principal Chief Conservator Of Forests, in his letters read above, has sent a
draft Memorandum of Understanding for approval of the Government to be entered into
between the Forest Department And Village Forest Council for implementation of the "Tamil
Nadu Afforestation Project" through Joint Forest Management concept and formation
of village forest council to involve the local people fully in the tree growing activities
in degraded forests, Government lands, community and individual lands as per the norms
approved by the government of India/Overseas Economic Co-operation Fund Mission.
- The Government have examined the Memorandum of Understanding carefully and have
decided to accept them with slight modifications. The Memorandum of Understanding both in
English as well as in Tamil, as approved by the Government are appended to this order. The
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests is requested to take action to constitute Village
Forest Council in every Programme village and to create awareness among the local
villagers regarding the significance of the programmes, objectives of the project and
modes of implementation, as per the approved Memorandum of Understanding.
- This order issues with the concurrence of Finance Department vide its U.O.No.
3262/FS/P/97, Dated 14.7.1997
/By order of the Governor/
SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT
The Principal Chief Conservator Of Forests, Chennai - 15 (W.E.)
The Chief Conservator Of Forests (Planning & Development),. Chennai -15
The Chief Conservator Of Forests (Social Foresty), Chennai - 15.
The Chief Conservator Of Forests (Territory), Chennai -15.
The Chief Conservator Of Forests (Research), Chennai - 15.
The Chief Conservator Of Forests (TAP), Chennai - 15
The Accountant - General , Tamil Nadu,Chennai - 18 / 35 (B.N.C)
The pay and Accounts officer, Chennai -9 / 35 (B.N.C).
The commissioner, Government Data Centre, Chennai - 25.
All Members of the Empowered Committee.
The Secretary to Government of India , Ministry of Environment and Forests.
Paryavaran Bhavan, C.G.O Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi -110001.
The Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of
Paryavaran Bhavan, C.G.O. Complex ,Lodi Road, New Delhi - 110001.
The Overseas Economic Co-operation Fund (OECF),
2nd Floor,D.L.F. Centre.
Sansad Marg., New Delhi.
The Special Commissioner and commissioner for Revenue Administration / Land
Chepauk, Chennai - 5.
The Special Secretary to Hon`ble Chief Minister, Chennai - 9.
The Senior P.A. to Hon`ble Minister for Forests & Printing , Chennai -9.
The Revenue Department , Chennai - 9.
The Rural Development Department, Chennai - 9.
The Finance (AH&F) / (EAP) Department, Chennai - 9.
The Information & Tourism Department, Chennai - 9.
/ Forwarded - By Order /
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) BETWEEN THE FOREST DEPARTMENT
AND THE VILLAGE FOREST COUNCIL (VFC) ..................................VILLAGE FOR TAMIL
NADU AFFORESTATION PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION.
The following MOU is entered between the two parties viz.
Forest Department and the Village Forest Council (VFC)
- FIRST PARTY
Tamil Nadu Forest Department represented by the
District/Divisional Forest Officer ................... Division of
................................. Circle and his successor in office having the office at
b) SECOND PARTY
Represented by the President of the Village Forest Council
(VFC) ...................... Village and his successor in office having the address
The MOU is signed on .......................... ...with the following
- To evolve an effective Joint Forest Management (JFM) system with local
communities by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department through Village Forest Council (VFC).
- To conserve and develop natural forests with the vast variety of flora and fauna
in and around the ............................. village (Management Unit ) through Village
Forest Council (VFC).
- To involve local people through Village Forest Councill (VFC) in planning,
planting, protection, harvesting, managing and benefit sharing in management unit with
focus on degraded forests.
- Creating public awareness in the management unit for better rapport and
motivation towards JFM through village forest council (VFC).
- Providing incentives for tree cultivation in private lands in the management
- Promoting home stead, farm stead and community planting through Village Forest
Council (VFC) to increase the green cover of the State besides improving people`s life
support and environment.
- To ensure flow of employment generation and benefits to local people living in
the management unit.
THE AREA OF OPERATION/STATUS:
- (The map of the management unit comprising programme village/village including
Reserved Forest, Reserve Land, Patta and community lands, clearly demarcating each ,
should be furnished at this para).
- Extent of the management unit
Reserve Forest .........................ha.
Reserve Lands ......................... ha.
Community Lands .................... ha.
Patta Lands .............................. ha.
- Boundaries of the management unit to be specified
North Boudary ........................
South Boundary .....................
East Boundary ......................
4. ORGANISATION AND ACTIVITIES:
Each management unit will have a village forest council and
both the parties agree to abide by the guidelines for implementation of J.F.M. in Tamil
Nadu as approved by the Government of Tamil Nadu in G.O.Ms. No 342 E & F dept. dt 8.8.97. These guidelines are
appended in this MOU as Annexure which will form part and parcel of this MOU (both
president of VFC and DFO should affix their signature in the Annexure as a token of their
5. RESPONSIBILITY AND ROLE OF THE FOREST DEPARTMENT:
- to utilise the co-operation of Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) and the local
community to the best advantage in evolving an effective Joint Forest Management (JFM)
technique in the management unit (programme village/villages).
- To conduct PRA exercise in the programme village and create awareness among
people regarding forests, ecology and environment.
- To provide technical guidance and advise the local community in the
implementation of Tamil Nadu Afforestation Project.
- The Forest Ranger (Member Secretary of VFC) will prepare the Micro Plan with the
advice of the VFC and get the approval from District/Divisional Forest Officer concerned.
The required funds will be released for the various works prescribed in the Micro Plan.
- To Exercise Disciplinary Control Over Member Secretary Of Executive Committee:-
Any misconduct, financial or otherwise, on the part of member secretary will be dealt with
under Tamil Nadu Civil Services (Discipline and Appeal) ................ Rules.
Appropriate action will be taken immediately against the Member-Secretary, by the
Distirct/Divisional Forest Officer, if any irregularity in execution of work. Both in
quality and quantity, is brought to his notice.
- The concerned District / Divisional Forest Officer will frequently inspect the
works executed by the Member Secretary and ensure correctness of the quantity and quality
of works. The concerned District/Divisional Forest Officer will also check measure the
works of member secretary as per the norms of the Forest Department. Super checking of
works executed by Member Secretary will be done by Conservator of Forests as per norms of
- The District / Divisional Forest Officer will closely monitor the involvement and
the co-operation of the VFC in executing the TAP works and orient them in the proper way.
He will also send a monthly report in this regard to the Conservator Of Forests
- The District / Divisional Forest Officer shall have the authority to disband the
committees which are not discharging their duties properly. He will do so only after
giving adequate opportunities to the committee members.
- The District / Divisional Forest Officer will also lend his advice in the use of
the Reserve Fund.
- The District / Divisional Forest Officer will also be appellate authority against
the order of the E.C. expelling a member of EC/VFC.
6. RESPONSIBILITIES AND ROLE OF THE VILLAGE FOREST COUNCIL:
342 E & F dept. dated 8.8.97.
To agree to transfer unspent amount at the close of the financial year to the
forest department account.
- To extend co-operation to the Forest Department in evolving an effective Joint
Forest Management (JFM) for the management unit with active participation of the local
- To actively participate in the afforestation activities by arranging required
labourers and protecting the afforested area from cattle grazing,illicit cuttings, forest
- To abide by the guidelines for implementation of JFM in Tamil Nadu as approved by
Government Of Tamil Nadu in G.O.Ms. No.
To agree to produce accounts, vouchers for audit to an officer not below the rank
of District Forest Officer or a representative of Overseas Economic Co-Operation Fund
Members of VFC/E.C are free to bring to the notice of its president or the
District Forest Officer, any irregularity in the execution of works, who will take
immediate remedial measures.
The VFC shall have the power to expel the members of VFC/EC if the member is
found to be erring from his responsibilities.
The VFC will decide about the sharing of benefits.
The VFC will arrive at a consensus in the utilisation of Reserve Fund for the
benefits of the village. It will send the accounts to the District Forest Officer.
The VFC will convene the general body meeting once in three months and the
members will be informed about the performances of the VFC.
7. PERIOD OF AGREEMENT:
This agreement will be in force for a period of five years
or till the end of project period.
8. IMMUNITY OF BOTH CIVIL AND CRIMINAL ACTS:
If one party commits any criminal misconduct or tort, that
party alone will be liable for such acts and other party will be totally immune from the
9. About the sue or to be sued:
In the event of any litigation arising from third parties, the Member
Secretary is empowered to sue on behalf of both parties and can be sued by third parties
and the legal expenses will be borne from the Reserve Found.
ANNEXURE - IX
GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL NADU
FORESTS - Constitution of Committees on Joint Forest
Management at State and District levels for effective co-ordination - Orders - Issued.
ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS (FR. VI) DEPARTMENT
G.O.Ms. No. 166 Dated :11.6.1998
- From the Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests D.O.Lr. No.
151-13-2/93-B-IV, dated 20.1.1994.
- From the Inspector General of Forests , Government of India, Ministry of
Environment and Forests D.O.Lr.No. 13/1/90-JP, dated 20.2.95 addressed to the state
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Chennai.
- From the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Ref. J2/23163/95, dated 31.10.97
- From the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Ref. TAP/23163/95, dated 2.1.98.
The Government of India, in their letters first and second read
above, have observed that, consequent on the introduction of the Joint Forest Management
concept, the field officers are taking steps to develop the degraded forest areas with the
consultation and co-operation of the adjoining village communities. Joint Forest
Management enjoins on them to move closely, interact with the village communities to
appreciate their concerns and perception and incorporate them in the regeneration and
afforestation programmes. In the years to come, issues concerning protection, usufruct
sharing, equity including gender equity, silvicultural treatments, harvesting of woody
biomass, marketing etc. would also require to be given very useful consideration. The
Government of India have suggested to devise a mechanism at various levels to facilitate
consultation with other departments of Government, research institutions, Village
Communities, Non-Government, research institutions ,Village Communities, Non-Governmental
Organisations etc, to elicit their views and refine the steps to make Joint Forest
Management successful. The Government of India have, therefore, advised to set up working
groups on Joint Forest Management in the State.
- The Principal Chief Of Conservator Of Forests in his letters third and fourth
read above, has brought to the notice of Government that effective protection and
development of degraded forest areas can be achieved through Joint Forest Management
system and has therefore proposed to constitute committees at state, District and Block
levels to guide, monitor and review the implementation of Joint Forest Management in Tamil
Nadu Forest Department.
- The Government, after careful consideration, accept the proposal of the Principal
Chief Conservator Of Forests to constitute committees in the Forests Department. The Joint
Forest Management concept has been very successful in the on-going Tamil Nadu
Afforestation Project, Interface Forestry under the SIDA aided social forestry Project has
been carried out in small scale in some districts with limited success. The Joint Forest
Management concept has been introduced in 200 Tamil Nadu Afforestation Village since
1997-98 and in all, 1000 villages over a period of five years and the villages adjoining
Kalakadu Mundanthurai Project area would be covered. The Government have, therefore,
decided to constitute a state level committee at District Level with the District
Collector as Chairman comprising of other officials as members. The Government ,
accordingly constitute two committees with the following composition for discharging the
functions, as indicated under each committees:-
- STATE LEVEL COMMITTEE
It shall meet Once in a year under the chairmanship of
Chief Secretary to Government and its composition will be as follows:-
Chief Secretary to Government -Chairman
- Secretary to Government,Environment and Forests Department-Member
- Secretary to Government,Finance Department - Member
- Secretary to Government,Social Welfare Department - Member
- Secretary to Government,Adi- dravidar & Tribal Welfare Department -Member
- Secretary to Government,Agriculture Department - Member
- Director, Animal Husbandry department -Member
- Two Representative from Non-Governmental Organisations, -Member ( Subject to
change once in two years to be appointed by Govt.)
- A Representative from the Govt. of India, MOEF, -Member
- Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Chennai-Member
- Chief Wildlife Warden,Chennai -Member
- Chief Conservator of Forests(TAP) ,Chennai -Member Secretary
FUNCTIONS OF THE COMMITTEE:
It shall review and give direction on the following:-
- Guiding, monitoring and reviewing of the effective functioning of the Joint
Forest Management in the State.
- Monitoring and reviewing of the functioning of the Village Forest Councils
- Integration of various sectors and departments in all the programme villages in
- The half-yearly report prepared and sent by the District Collectors to the
Member- Secretary, Chief Conservator of Forests (TAP) shall be placed before the
Committee, for deliberations.
3.(II). DISTRICT LEVEL COMMITTEE:
It shall meet once in two months and its composition will be as follows:-
- District Collector -Chairman
- Project Officer ,District Rural Development Agency -Member
- Joint Director, Agriculture Department-Member
- Joint Director, Animal Husbandry Department-Member
- Deputy Director , Social Welfare Department-Member
- District / Divisional Forest Officer(s) Concerned-Member
- Two representatives from Non-Governmental Organisation , subject to change once
in two years (to be appointed by Collector)-Member
- Five representatives from the Village Forest Council (to be selected by District
- Headquarter`s District / Divisional Forest Officer -Member-Secretary
The afforesaid committee shall discharge the functions as follows:-
It shall review the function of Joint Forest Management in the
villages, seek co-operation and integration of other Department effectively as given
- To identify the areas affecting integration
- To review the integration of various activities by departments involved and to
- To review the functioning of Joint Forest Management and Village Forest Councils
in the District.
- To review the progress in the implementation of the scheme physical and finacial.
- The committee shall prepare a half-yearly repr6t and sent it to the
Member-Secretary, Chief Conservator Of Forests (TAP).
4. This order issues with the concurrence of Finance Deparment -
vide its U.O.No. 33901 / Finance (AH&F)/98-1, dated 22.5.98.
/By order of the Governor/
SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT
The Chief Secretary To Government , Chennai -9.
The Secretary to Government,
Finance / Environment & Forests / Revenue / Rural Development / Agriculture
/ Social Welfare / Adi-Dravidar & Tribal Welfare / Animal Husbandry & Fisheries
Department, Chennai - 9
All District Collectors.
The Director, Animal Husbandry Department, Chennai -7.
The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Chennai - 15.
The Chief Wild life Warden, Chennai -15.
The Chief Conservator of Forests(TAP) , Chennai - 15.
The Accountant General, Chennai -18/35.
The Pay and Accounts Officer, Chennai -9/35
The Government of India , Ministry of Environment & Forests,New Delhi
The Special Secretary to Chief Minister, Chennai - 9.
The Senior Personal Assistant to Minister (Forests & Printing ), Chennai -
Information & Tourism Department, Chennai - 9.
Finance (AH&F) Department, chennai - 9.
All Officers and Sections in Environment & Forests Department, Chennai - 9.
Environment and Forests Department,
Secretariat, Chennai - 9
Office of the Principal Chief Conservator of
8th Floor, Panagal Buildings,
1, Jeenis Road, Saidapet,
Chennai - 15.
Dated : 29.6.98
Thiru . V.R. CHITRAPU , I.F.S
PRINCIPAL CHIEF CONSERVATOR OF FORESTS
SUB :- FOREST - TAMILNADU AFFORESTATION PROJECT -
Integration of other Government Departments in the activities of
the programme villages -regarding.
REF :- Director of Agriculture , Chennai. Ref.No. 100651/98. Dated : 2.6.98.
A copy of the above reference is enclosed herewith. All the
officers implementing Tamilnadu Afforestation project are instructed to contact the
respective District Joint Director of Agricultrue with identified activities of works in
programme villages by Agriculture department and ensure that their activities are
integrated with the Tamilnadu Afforestation Project Works.
Action taken by them in this regard should be reported by each
Conservator of Forests after a detailed review in each month in their circles.
For PRINCIPAL CHIEF CONSERVATOR OF FORESTS ,
Encl : As above
Copy of the Lr. No. AG.100651/98 Dated : 2.6.98 Received
Dr. K.Arulmozhi, I.A.S All Joint Director of Agriculture.
Director of Agriculture,
Chepauk, Chennai - 5.
SUB :- Forest Department - Tamil Nadu
Afforestation Project- Integration of other Government Department in the activities of the
programme villages - certain instructions - regarding.
REF :- D.O.Lr. No. TAP /1126/98. Dated :3.4.98 received from CCF
,Saidapet, Chennai - 15.
The Forest Department is implementing the Tamil nadu Afforestation
Project(TAP) all over the state. The most important objective of the scheme is to wean the
villagers away from the forest and at the same time providing them various avenues and
opportunities for improving their living conditions and life style.
The scheme is proposed to be implemented on integration of activities
of various departments so that the impact of the programme on the villages are felt.
You are requested to involve yourself deeply in formulating various
developmental projects in those villages in such a way that there is holistic approach
towards the development of villages.
The District Forest Officer will be contacting you in this regard.
For Director of Agriculture
Chief Conservator of Forests
Pangal Building, Saidapet, Chennai - 15.
Copy of Ref. No. TAP1/50958/98 dated 24.11.98 received from the Principal
Chief Conservator of Forests, Chennai - 15.
Sub : - Tamil Nadu Afforestation Project- Implementation of
the Project - Guidelines - Approved by the Government - Inclusion of the subordinates in
the Village Forest Council - instruction issued.
Ref :- G.O.Ms. No. 342 Environment & Forests ( FRVI )
Department dt. 8.8.97.
Attention of the Implementing Officers of the Tamil Nadu Afforestation
Project is invited to the Government Order cited wherein the guidelines for implementation
have been approved by the Government. In par4a 4.1 and 4.2 the election and co-option of
the members of the Executive committee of the VFC is dealt with. As per the guidelines,
the Forest Department is represented in the Executive Committee only by the Forest Ranger
concerned who is the Members - Secretary of the Executive Committee.
The SAPI Mission which reviewed the implementation of the Project has observed
that the territorial protective staff viz. Forester and Forest Guards should also be
associated since basic protection work is their duty within their jurisdiction. Proposals
have been sent to Government for issue of amendment to the guidelines in para 4.2
authorising the District Forest Officer / Divisional Forest Officer to nominate in the
Executive Committee(I) concerned territorial Forester (II) concerned territorial Forest
Guard and (III) concerned Forester of the Social Forestry, if the programme is executed by
the Social Forestry wing and orders are awaited.
In anticipation of Government Orders, and in view of the urgency of the matter,
All implementing officers are hereby authorised to nominate the concerned Territorial
Forester. Forest Guards and the Forester of Social Forestry, if the programme is executed
by the Social Forestry Division also to the "Executive Committee" . The
implementing officers should give effect to these instructions immediately, nominate
Foresters and Forest Guards in 1997 - 98 and 1998 -99 village Forest Councile Executive
Committees and report the compliance to their respective Conservator of Forests who should
get the repors all implementing officers and send a report to this office within a
fortnight. The same procedure should be adopted for 1999 - 2000 village Forest Councils
and in subsequent years.
Chairman ARC and Principal Chief Conservator
of Forests (Tamil Nadu Afforestation Project).
/ t.c /
Special / Most Urgent
Endt. No.P/4439/38 - Office of the Divisional Forest Officer,
Social Forestry Division, Coimbatore - 43.
Copy to all Rangers.
They are requested to nominate the Foresters in the
Executive Committee and submit the report within two days without fail.
Divisional Forest Officer.
K.A. NAMBIAR ENVIRONMENT & FORESTS DEPARTMENT
CHIEF SECRETARY SECRETARIAT
CHENNAI - 600 009.
D.O.LR.NO. 125/FR.V1/98-2 dt.4.3.98
My dear Apurva Varma,
Sub : Forests - External assistance from the
Overseas Economic Co-operation Fund, Japan - Implementation of "Tamil nadu
Afforestation Project" by the Forest Department Buffer Zone activities in villages by
integrating other Gvoernment Departments Co-ordination of the District Administration -
Ref : From the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests,
Chennai . Lr.No. TAP 1/1126/98 dated 9.1.98.
- The Forest Department is implementing the Tamil Nadu Afforestation Project all
over the State. I am quite sure that by now you would have familiarised yourself with the
basic objectives of the project and have started implementing the same in identified
villages in your District.
- The most important objective of this scheme is to wean the villagers away from
the Forests and at the same time providing them various avenues and opportunities for
improving their living condition and life style. To achieve this, it is essential that
various developmental activities taken up by the Government through various Departments
like Rural Development / Public works/ Highways etc, have dovetailed with the Schemes
under Tamil Nadu Afforestation Project and a comprehensive development plan worked out.
The success of this project depends entirely on such co-ordination and co-operation of all
the Departments involved.
- I therefore request you to involve yourself deeply in formulating various
developmental projects in these villages in such a way that there is holistic approach
towards the development of the villages.
- The District Forest Officers have been instructed to keep in constant touch with
you and seek your assistance and guidance on a continuous basis.
- I request you to keep me and the Secretary, Environment and Forests informed of
the developments in this Scheme.
Thiru Apurva Varma, I.A.S.,
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