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Report on private forestlands rejected



Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai on Saturday said the  state government has rejected the review  committee  report  on  private forestlands in the state, claiming that the methods used therein were faulty  and did not have approval of the government. 

Speaking to media persons in Fatorda  on the sidelines of a function, Sardesai said Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has ordered formation of a new review committee: the  Sawant-Karapurkar  committee  report will be taken up as base for studying the private forestlands.

Sardesai said the method of  ‘stratified random  sampling’ was not correct  and did not have  government’s approval.

He said  the criteria  of 5 per cent sampling intensity  for field verification  was “assumptive”  and had no  public consultations.   “The review committee had submitted the report, which has been  rejected by the government.   A  new report will be prepared correcting the anomalies,” he said.

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