Saturday, March 25, 2017

Beat Inspections

BEAT INSPECTION

 

The Prl.CCF., AP., Hyd has issued a CIRCULAR No. 8 / 2002 vide Ref. no. 14042 / 2002 – X3, Date : 26-10-2002 for taking up of Beat Inspection to improve protection of forests.

 

 Forest Protection is an important indicator for assessing the performance of the officers at various levels. For assessing the performance under forest protection, two parameters are adopted i.e., Beat inspection and collection of Compounding fee. The subject of Beat Inspection was discussed in the Apex body meeting and all the officers have felt that unless the Beat Inspection are properly monitored it will not have much impact on the forest protection. Further if this important work is left to the subordinate staff alone they may tend to take up the Beat Inspection in a routine manner.

 

The attention of the Addl. Prl.CCFs and CCFs is also invited to the Circular No. 13/95, dt: 12-11-1995 ( PCCF’s Ref. No. 23211 / 95 – X3 ) wherein a detailed procedure for taking up of Beat Inspection is prescribed. As per this Circular all the vulnerable Beats shall be inspected four times a year and all non-vulnerable Beats twice a year. The annual Beat Inspection programmes are being drawn up accordingly in each of the Circles and the performance is being reviewed every month. The Salient points of the Circular No. 13 / 95 are reproduced hereunder.
1.  Any fellings detected during the perambulation of a Beat shall be enumerated and recorded in the Beat Fellings and Enumeration Register (BFER ).
2.  The Forest Beat Officer shall submit a monthly extract of BFER to the Forest Range Officer concerned through the Forest Section Officer. The Forest Range Officer there upon shall submit the consolidated extract of BFER of all the beats under his control to the divisional Forest Officer and the Divisional Forest Officer to the Conservator of Forests.
3.  All the non-vulnerable Beats must be inspected one in each Six months period and vulnerable Beats twice in each six months period.
4.  Where the value of destruction exceeds Rs.50,000/- the enumeration must be test checked by the concerned Sub-Divisional Officer / Divisional Forest Officer and where it exceeds Rs.75,000/- by the concerned Conservator of Forests.

The Beat Inspections are initially taken up by the concerned Section Officers and under special circumstances by a special party constituted by the concerned DFO.   The initial inspection shall be taken up thoroughly by covering all areas in a Beat, which normally takes not less than 4 to 5 days time. On conclusion of each of the inspection the concerned Forest Range Officers shall take up test checking of enumeration by spending at least 2 days time for the purpose. Besides inspection of the Beats where large scale fellings have occurred as brought out at point 4 above, the Divisional Forest Officer shall take up test checking of at least (5) Beats in a month by spending at least (1) entire day in each of the Beats and the Conservator of Forests shall take up test checking of at least (2) Beats in a month by spending at least (1) entire day in each of the Beats.
Besides the above, as per A.P. Forest Department Code the Divisional Forest Officers are required to inspect each of the vulnerable Beats in their jurisdiction at least once in a year.

While communicating consolidated instructions on Forest Protection issued from time to time to the Conservator of Forests and Divisional Forest Officers in the ref.2nd cited, all the Addl.Prl. CCFs and CCFs were also requested to review the Forest Protection with the concerned CFs and DFOs during their inspection of the districts. They were requested to review the forest protection with reference to the instructions given by the Govt. and by the Prl. CCF from time to time. Some of the instructions given in the said references are reproduced below for ready reference.

1.   In PCCF’s Ref. No. 38382 / 2000 –X3, dt: 14-9-2002 all the DFOs were requested to conduct protection meetings in each of the Ranges every month with all the Range Staff upto the level of ABOs. In the said meetings, besides reviewing the Forest Protection, the posting of Beat Felling and Enumeration Registers and quality of Beat Inspections have to be verified. The DFOs shall also verify the POR Books and see whether the cases are being booked regularly and are being finalized with least delay.

2.  In PCCF’s Ref. No. 28420 / 2000 – X1, dt: 24-7-2000 detailed instructions were given for taking up of inspection of Saw Mills in the Districts in the Proforma prescribed.

The ADDl. Prl CCFs and CCFs during their inspection on tour are requested to take up inspection of (1) or (2) Vulnerable Beats, randomly selected and also review the following:

1.  Whether the Beat Inspections are being carried out as per the annual beat inspection programme drawn. This may be reviewed after obtaining the information in the proforma-1 enclosed.
2.  Whether the test checking of the Beat Inspections is being done by the FRO / Sub-DFO / DFO / CF. This may be reviewed after obtaining the information in the Proforma-II enclosed.
3.  Whether Beat Fellings and Enumeration Registers ( BFER ) are being maintained properly and whether entries are being recorded regularly. Whether the BFER is being checked by the FRO / Su-DFO / DFO / CF regularly and whether they are recording their comments in the Register on the quality of inspections.
4.  Whether the FBO / FSO / FRO are booking the Offence cases regularly. This may be verified from the POR Books. Besides this, it may be verified whether FBOs and FSOs are carrying with them Beat / Section Map, Beat / Section Information Book, Seize Hammer, Dairy – Cum – Report Book, Digit Set / Enamel paint for enumeration CF 140, Measuring Tape etc.
5.  Whether the Divisional Forest Officers are conducting Range level Forest Protection meetings every month in each of the Ranges. This may be reviewed after obtaining the information in the Proforma-III enclosed.
6.  The progress of collection of Compounding Fee by each of the Divisions in the Circle. This may be reviewed after obtaining the information in the Proforma-IV enclosed.
7. Whether the Divisional Forest Officers / FROs are regularly inspecting the sawmills as per PCCF’s Ref. Ni. 28240 / 2000 – X1, dt: 24-7-2000. This may be reviewed after obtaining the information in the Proforma-V enclosed.
8.  Whether the Divisional Forest Officers, FSP are performing their duties as per the instructions given in PCCF’s Ref. No. 43530 / 98 – X1, dt: 2-11-1998 and 13359 / 99 – X1, dt: 20-10-2000. The DFOs FSP are required to inspect two vulnerable Beats every month besides Inspection of Neeru – Meeru works ( 100% ) in (2) Beats. This may be reviewed by obtaining the information in Proforma-VI enclosed.
9.  The disposal of OR, UDOR and Vehicle cases may be reviewed in the Proforma-VII, VIII and IX enclosed.

After inspection and review as above the field inspection notes on the Beats visited and review done on the above items shall be communicated to the concerned CFs / DFOs duly making a copy to the Addl.Prl.CCF (Vig).

Proforma – I

Beat Inspections :

Namer of the Division
Total No of
 Beats
Vulne
rable
Non-Vulne
Rable



2
3
No. of time
Vulnerable
Beats to be
Inspected
Upto the end
Of the previous
Month as per
programme
No. of
Vulnerable
Beat
Inspections
Taken up
Actually
Upto the end
The previous
Month and %
No .of times
Non-
Vulnerable
Beats to be
Inspected
Upto the end
Of previous
Month as pre
programme
No. of non
Vulnerable
Beat
Inspections
Taken up
Actually up
To the end
Of the month
And %
1
4
5
6
7
(The month wise shortfall may also be discussed)

Proforma – II

 Name of Division_____________________________________________
Name of Range_____________________________________________
Beat Inspection done during the Month of_________________________ 
Name of
The Beat
Dates of
Inspection
By FSO /
Spl.
Parties.
Value of fellings recorded
Present material
Missing material
Total
3
4
5
Dates of
test
checking
by the FRO
Date of test checking by the FRO
Date of test checking by the CF
1
2
6
7
8
(This information shall be reviewed for all the months from April to the date of inspection)

Proforma – III

 Range level forest protection meetings held by DFO :
 Sl . No.
Name of the Range
Dates on which the meetings held within the Range with all staff up to ABOs.
1
2
3
(The minutes of the meeting drawn shall be verified to find out the specific problems of protection within the Range.)

Proforma – IV

Progress of collection of Compounding fee :
 Name of the Division
Target fixed for the year
Target fixed upto end of previous month
Target achieved upto end of previous month
% of achievement
1
2
3
4
5
( The shortfall in collection in each of the divisions may be reviewed )
  

Proforma – V 

Details of sawmills inspected during the month of _________________

 Sl. No
DFO ( T ) / ( WL ) / FSP / FRO
Name and location of the Saw Mill inspected
Irregularities if any detected.
1
2
3
4
(This information shall be reviewed for all the months from April till the date of inspection)

Proforma – VI

Performance of Flying Squad Party
 Month
No. OR cases booked Qty. & value of material
Compounding
Fee collected
No. of vehicles seized & value of produce
No. of UDOR cases booked, Qty. & value of material
No. of Beat inspections carried out as per
Cir. No.
13 / 95
No. of Beats in which 100 % Neeru – Meeru works inspected
No. of Saw Mill inspected as per PCCF’s Ref. No. 28420 / 200–X1, dt: 24-8-2000.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
( The performance of the Party may be reviewed for the preceding last ( 12 ) months from the date of inspection )

Proforma – VII

OR Cases
Division
No. of Cases pending at the beginning of the year ( as on 1st April )
No. of Cases added during the year ( i.e., upto the month of review )
No. of Cases disposed during the year ( i.e., upto the month of review )
Balance Cases pending as on the date of review
1
Cases
Value
Cases
Value
Cases
Value
Cases
Value
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
( For the cases indicated in col. No. 8 & 9 the year – wise breakup may be given )

Proforma – VIII

 UDOR Cases
Division
No. of Cases pending at the beginning of the year ( as on 1st April )
No. of Cases added during the year (i.e., upto the month of review)
No. of Cases disposed during the year (i.e., upto the month of review)
Balance Cases pending as on the date of review
1
Cases
Value
Cases
Value
Cases
Value
Cases
Value
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
( For the cases indicated in col. No. 8 & 9 the year-wise breakup may be given )
  

Proforma – IX

Lorry Cases
Division





No. of Cases Pending at the beginning of the year ( as on 1stApril )




No. of Cases added during the year  (i.e., upto the month of review ) 
No. of Cases disposed during the year ( i.e., upto the month of review
Balance Cases pending as on
date of review
Confiscated
Compounded
Pending in the Courts
Pending with Authorized Officer
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
( For the cases in Col. No. 5 the nature of cases i.e., Timber, Bamboo, Fuel Wood, Stone, Sand etc., may be indicated with value.For Col.No.7 year-wise pendency may be indicated)


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