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Pramod Sawant Directs Govt Officials To Register FIR Against Miscreants
Saturday - Mar 11, 2023
Panjim: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday directed government officials to register FIRs against those miscreants, who light fire in forest areas intentionally. Sawant on Tuesday held a high-level meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority and had ordered a thorough investigation into the forest fire that spread in the Madei wildlife sanctuary since the last six days.
“Fire incidents are taking place at various places. I have instructed officials to register an FIR against those who lit fire intentionally. We will not tolerate such cases,” the Chief Minister said. “We will take strict action. Monitoring of the situation is going on,” Sawant said. The state government has taken the help of the Navy and succeeded in controlling the fire in some areas.
“People who lit fires in their cashew plantation to clean the areas should stop such practices, else we will take action against them. Action will be taken against forest guards if they are found negligent in carrying out their duties. A thorough investigation in connection with such cases will be conducted. We will not tolerate loss of forest,” the Chief Minister added. The Goa Education department has directed schools in the State to shut before noon for Thursday and Friday. The move follows a warning by the India Meteorological Department warning of a heatwave in the State.

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