- Sujal Pradhan, NET Correspondent, Sikkim
Minister of Department of Forestry and Environment – Karma Loday Bhutia spoke at length about the stringent measures taken by the state administration to address the continuing issue of alleged land invasion by pharmaceutical company IPCA in Melli, in Namchi District.
Addressing a press conference, Bhutia said the press conference and interaction program was convened to transparently address the ongoing issue of alleged land encroachment.
The Minister of Forestry was accompanied by ACS-cum-PCCF Forest – M. L. Shrivastava and senior officials of the Department, the Secretary of the Department of Land Revenue and Disaster Management, DC Namchi, and representatives of IPCA Pharmaceuticals in southern Sikkim.
He pointed out that once the situation came to light, the Forestry Department acted quickly.
In addition, a joint field visit was carried out to gain a better understanding of the situation on the ground and to hear the opinions of all parties concerned.
The CF (Territorial) – Karma Legshey made a presentation outlining the circumstances that led to the current scenario, as an individual filed an ITR on March 22, 2022.
He said the Forestry Department had been working on the case since January, two months before the ITR was filed.
Subsequently, the DFO (Territorial) of Namchi – Peggyla Tshering informed about the actions undertaken by the Department of Forestry since January 2022.
She informed the house that the Range Officer (Melli) had become aware of the illegal dumping of mud from the pharmaceutical company IPCA without prior authorization, and that a case was registered against the company on January 20, 2022, and that the works had were immediately interrupted, as well as the vehicles and equipment had been seized.