Sambalpur: Amid reports of raging wildfire in forests across Odisha, Sambalpur DFO Sanjeet Kumar has announced cash award of Rs 5,000 for informing about those setting fire in forests.
The official also warned of immediate arrest for setting fire in forests.
“Those found committing such acts will be arrested immediately. A cash award of Rs 5,000 will be given to the informers,” the DFO said.
The official has issued instructions to all Forest Department officials and staff in this regard.
As many as 15 contractual workers will be engaged under the supervision of each Forest Range to keep a sharp watch on the wildfire. The Forest Squads have been directed to keep a record of the addresses of the persons entering into forests.