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In several parts of Uttarakhand , eighty percent of which is covered by green forests illegal, arbitrary and clandestine activities of felling of fully grown up trees in collusion with the forest officials, the influential wood contractors and politicians is on the rise posing grave threat to the ecology and environment of the Himalayan State of Uttarakhand.

Geografically being a tremendously wide area having huge jungles majority of the illegal fully grown green tree cutting activities go unnoticed butthanks to some responsible roaming journalists like Ashutosh Negi who while risking their own lives expose such unholy nexus of the forest officials and wooden mafias and help in applying checks and regulation on these illegal actions. What makes things worrisome and deplorable is the fact that the environmentalists, ecologists and social activists, particularly those active in Uttarakhand and seeking self publicity in the name of environment conservation hardly take notice of such news and act accordingly.

The recent shocking revelation about the large scale permission for arbitrary cutting good number of about 283 trees with 49 fully grown up green trees already dismantled and taken out of the vicinity by timber businessmen to seek ample profits at the cost of the UK hills’ environment and ecology in the Lansedown fotest division has created furore in Uttarakhand inviting the attention of opposition political parties and the electronics and the print media as well.

The party involved in this illegal exercise in order to discourage the whistle blower has managed to manipulate the local police and succeeded in registering an FIR against the journalist on fake and fabricated grounds complaining of extortion but on the contrary the courageous investigative journalist of JAGO UTTARAKHAND Ashutosh posesses a prima facie video with a verbal statement of the DFO Sant Ram, Lansedown sub division addmitting in camera of the wrong doing under the pressure of the high up, probably the minister of the department concerned.

The local media, particularly the print media which was shy and complacent in the beginning has now come out in the open to report the matter, particularly after the Conservator of forests Lansdowne range Meenakshi Joshi issuing a strict show cause notice to the DFO Sant Ram questioning him the reasons for issuing permission for the supposed cutting of 289 green trees and subsequently cancelling the same.

As a result the highly disturbed DFO not only desperately cancelled the permissions granted earlier but also instituted an enquiry to safeguard his own position. According to the investigative journalist of JAGO UTTARAKHAND Ashutosh Negi the DFO has issued arbitrary sanction to over 26 timber merchants for the cutting of over 283 tree, 49 of which has already been erased from the ground and smuggled outside the state. In the video the DFO has addmitted that he was constrained to give permission n the pressure of a high up of the forest department on the request of a district level BJP leader of Kotdwar.

The matter gained excessive attention after JAGO UTTARAKHAND POSTED THE LIVE VEDIO ON FB AND TWITTER which simultaneously went viral. Some of the news channels also highlighted the controversy and the UPCC presdent Pitam Singh and Secretary Azad Ali met the governor of UK Dr. KK Paul bringing the issue to his notice asking for penalisation of the guilty officials and culprits.
SUNIL NEGI

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It’s definitely a matter of immense pride for India to have been recognised by World bank for coming 30 points up this time from the previous 130 in the prestigious global ranking thus accepting the fact that India has definitely progressed by leaps and bounds especially in terms of creating an atmosphere of goodwill and confidence amongst the entrepreneurs, domestic and foreign to do business in India with ease and with no future hassles.

This outstanding achievement is surely an issue which is being politically exploited by the ruling party BJP in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh where hectic campaigning is on and elections are due for November and December. Well, while BJP led NDA is quite happy with this latest certificate of merit with country’s sensex and Nifty climbing high, the main rival Congress and its fire brand leader Rahul Gandhi and other anti BJP parties are least happy, by enhancing their tirade against the centrally ruled political dispensation accusing them of misguiding the people of the country by confining the survey to mere two states of Mumbai and Delhi and intentionally sidelining the other states where the situation is quite adverse and in jeopardy after the implementation of GST and demonetisation which Rahul termed as anti small and medium businessmen.

He outrightly and most vociferously while deploring this indicator of World Bank Ranking said that India does not need a certificate of baseless recognition from any international agency when its crystal clear within the country that small and medium entrepreneurs have been completely put into trouble and extreme inconvenience in conducting their respective businesses and about 4 lakh people, especially the youth and labour have become unemployed after the implemention of demonetisation and GST. Gujarat witnessed one of the hugest rally ever against GST denouncing the BJP led government at the Centre.

The point, is how can an international body set a benchmark of doing business with ease by just assesing the perception of business scenerio of Delhi and Mumbai leaving or excluding states like Chennai, UP, Gujarat, Karnataka, Punjab or Rajasthan etc including the derogatory after affects of demonetisation and even GST, which has literally put the lives of the billions of entrepreneurs and the workforce of the country in quandary.

According to the news, the evaluation for doing the ease of business ranking is very complicated. The benchmark based on the data from Delhi and Mumbai for the current year till June 2017, places India amongst the top ten countries who’ve improved excellently, having performed well in 8 out of the 10 business indicators.

This world bank’s ranking lifting India 30 points higher in a year is rated as one of the outstanding performances of the government under prime minister Narendra Modi’s efficient and dynamic leadership, claim the senior BJP leaders while the opposition parties call this just an eye wash to befool people and entrepreneurs of the country with skyrocketting inflation in petrol , diesal, LPG cylinder prices, finally leading to multiplying inflation in the prices of essential commodities despite lowering prices of international crude and the government’s financial coffers’ full of 15000 lakh crores after demonetisation as claimed by it.(BJP)

The increase in 30 point ranking of India will not only create a widespread positive environment in making India an international business hub by encouraging foreign investors put their billions of dollars in India but also help in enhancing India’s growth rate to the considerable level, thus opening doors for massive employment, say BJP leaders.

SUNIL NEGI