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VIZIANAGARAM: Minister for Forests S. Vijayarama Raju has said the State government has received Rs. 800crore under compensatory afforestation management fund (CAMF) and it will be utilised for improving infrastructure in the department.
Addressing a press conference at Parvatipuram on Wednesday, Mr. Raju, who inspected the ongoing works on training and facilitation centre that was sanctioned Rs.56lakhs, said facilities like furniture and compound wall would be provided at the centre.
On illegal transportation of timber, the Minister said 6 mobile police teams each headed by a head constable and four members, including section officer (forests) and local man, were being constituted. Mr. Raju said 4,000 tonnes of red sandal wood was kept ready for auction. A proposal was sent to the Centre to get permission for their auction in the shape of logs rather than in cut pieces because each cut piece would only fetch Rs. 2.60 lakh whereas each log would cost Rs.8 lakh.
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