Bhubaneswar, Oct 24 (LocalWire): The state forest department is gearing up to adopt the digital mode to upgrade its service delivery system.
As part of the ongoing drive, applicants for the Forest Rights Act and timber permit will reap benefit from online mode of service delivery, Bikram Keshari Arukha, the minister for forest and environment, said while addressing the annual Divisional Forest Officers’ conference here today.
A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for online submission and approval of the proposals on the diversion of the forest land managed by the government under Forest Rights Act, 2006.
The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, otherwise referred as forest rights act has been enacted to protect the marginalized people and balance the right to environment with their right to life and livelihood, he said.
The SOP will make the process of diversion of land much easier within the shortest possible time from six to eight weeks especially for schools, hospitals and Anganwadi centres.
The department has also introduced online timber permit system (OTPS) so as to facilitate applicants, citizens or institutions for obtaining online transit permit from the private holding land within a timeframe 42 days instead of 172 days.
This will obviate physical interface of applicant with the forest official and bring transparency in governance and help in implementation of 5T (Teamwork, Transparency, Time, Technology and Transformation) charter of governance, he added.