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Forest Offences

Forest offence is said to have been committed if any person contravenes the provisions of Forest Acts and Rules notified by Govt. regarding protection and Conservation of Forests and wildlife. Forest offences once detected, are processed under provisions of "The Orissa Forest (Detection, Enquiry and Disposal of Forest Offence) Rules, 1980". In Odisha, most of the offences registered are punishable u/s 27, 37, 46, 56 & 72 of Orissa Forest Act and u/r 21 of 'The Orissa Timber and other Forest Produce Transit Rules, 1980'. Cases are also booked for offences committed under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 punishable u/s 51, 54, and 58.

The details of the offence cases detected with timber and vehicles seized thereof are given below.

Year Offence
Detected
Offenders
Involved
Timber Seized Vehicles  Seized
Quantity
(in cum.)
Value
(In Lakh Rs.)
2010-11 62777 53153 2352 219 1591
2011-12 64942 56253 2038 243 961
2012-13 60072 53281 2537 267 2538
2013-14 60299 49404 2680 759 1386
2014-15 59920 54280 4030 274 1726
  • The Orissa Forest Act, 1972 has been amended with The Orissa Forest (Amendment) Act, 2010, wherein compounding fee has been enhanced from Rs. 100 to Rs. 5,000/-.
  • Rewards are being given to informers, staff, public etc. as per 'Reward for Detection of Forest Offence Rules, 2004' to encourage them to cooperate in forest protection activities.