Environment, Forest and Climate Change Department,

Government of Uttar Pradesh, India

Shri. Yogi Adityanath

Hon'ble Chief Minister,Uttar Pradesh

Shri. Dara Singh Chauhan

Hon'ble Minister,Forest Department

Working Plan

Thus a working plan is essentially a plan detailing the existing forest wealth (land, flora, fauna & water resources) describing the climatic and biotic factors and prescribing management practices & conserve, preserve and efficiently utilize this forest resource. As such these plans are very useful and important for every individual and agency having any interest in or bearing on the forests.

Needs of an increasing population have put massive demands on forest for land as well as for forest produce. To counter these demands Govt. of India & State Govt. has tried to extend forest cover on areas outside the traditional forest area, mainly on community lands and agricultural lands. This endeavour has led and various social forestry schemes being formulated and implemented.

Working plans by incorporating prescription & techniques for these activities have tried and keep pace with times and reflect the aspirations of an environment conscious society & state.

The Hon'ble supreme court of India vides a judgement dated 12-12-96 in writ petition no. 202/95 have laid down well-defined guidelines regarding working plans. This judgement makes it mandatory for all forest areas (irrespective of ownership and legal status) To be managed according to a scientific working plan. This judgement also makes it mandatory for the working plans to be approved by the Govt. of India. This is in accordance with the fact that forests are a concurrent subject.