In an effort to create greater transparency and to eliminate fraudulent practice India’s state forest department is to launch on line licencing for wood based industries. Licences for working with wood is not a new concept to the country they already exist for tree felling and NOC’s.
The system will allow current licence holders to renew on line. This will not only be an easy and convenient way to update the legality of each business but it will also allow the government to achieve transparency in a sector notorious for the selling on of licences. With the new system the government will be able to track them.

From an environment point of view the on line licences will insure that wood industries are located at an appropriate distance from existing ‘units,’ and establish new ‘units’ where they are need.

It hoped these new licences will help wood prices and in turn create a healthy wood sector for India.

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