Punjab Regulation of Saw Mills, Veneer and Plywood Industries Rules, 2006
Government of Punjab, Department of Agriculture and Forests, Notification, dated 7th July, 2006
(a) "Act" means the Indian Forest Act, 1927 (Central Act No. 16 of 1927);
(b) "Divisional Forest Officer" means the Divisional Forest Officer (Territorial) in the district;
(c) "Form" means the Form appended to these rules;
(d) "Licence" means the licence issued under these rules;
(e) "Principal Chief Conservator" means the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Punjab;
(f) "Saw Mills, Veneer and Plywood Industries" shall include timber depots, saw mills, veneer, plywood including units without any facility for veneer production, particle board, MDF, block board, paper pulp, rayon and any other unit of cutting or converting timber for manufacturing wood based products;
(g) "Section" means section of the Act;
(h) "State Government" means the Government of the State of Punjab in the Department of Forests; and(2) The words and expressions used in these rules, but not defined shall have the same meanings as assigned to them in the Act. 3. Restriction on establishment of Saw Mills, Veneer and Plywood Industries. - (Sections 41 and 76) - No person shall establish, expand installed capacity or operate any Saw Mills, Veneer, Plywood Industries including the existing unit, unless a licence is obtained by him in accordance with these rules. 4. Application for grant of licence. - (Section 41) - Any person, seeking a licence under these rules, shall make an application to the Divisional Forest Officer in Form I. 5. Grant of licence. - (Section 41) - On receipt of an application under rule 4, the Divisional Forest Officer, shall make such inquiry, as he deems fit and after satisfying himself that such application is in accordance with the guidelines, issued by the State Government from time to time, may grant licence in the Form II, for a period of ten years or may refuse to grant the licence for the reasons, to be recorded in writing and inform the applicant, accordingly. 6. Fee for grant of licence. - (Section 41) - The person seeking licence, shall pay such fee, as may be specified by the State Government from time to time, by notification in the Official Gazette. 7. Renewal of licence. - (Section 41) - (1) Any person who has been granted licence under rules, may apply for renewal of the licence in Form I within a period of six months before the expiry of the period for which licence was granted to him alongwith such fee, as may be specified by the State Government from time to time, by notification in the Official Gazette, (2) On receipt of an application under sub-rule (1), the Divisional Forest Officer, after satisfying himself that such application is in accordance with the guidelines issued by the State Government from time to time, shall renew the licence within a period of thirty day for the period, for which it was originally granted. (3) In case, the renewal of licence is refused, the Divisional Forest Officer shall provide an opportunity of being heard to the person concerned and record the reasons for refusing such renewal. 8. Maintenance of record. - (Section 41) - (1) Every licence shall maintain proper record of the receipt and disposal of timber in Form III. (2) The licensee shall produce the record for scrutiny and checking of the timber, whenever it is required by the Divisional Forest Officer or any other officer authorised by him. 9. Power to search the premises. - (Section 41) - The Divisional Forest Officer or any other officer authorised by him, may at any time, enter the premises of licensed saw mills, veneer, plywood industrial unit with a view to ascertain the genuineness of the licence or to check the timber. 10. Revocation of licence. - (Section 41) - Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules, the Divisional Forest Officer, where he has reasons to believe that a licensee is operating the Saw Mills, Veneer, Plywood Industry in contravention of the provisions of these rules or conditions of the licence or the licensee is indulging in activities prejudicial to the interest of forest conservancy, may after giving the licensee an opportunity of being heard, cancel, suspend or revoke the licence granted under these rules. 11. Appeal against the refusal or renewal to grant licence or revocation of licence. - (Section 41) - (1) Any person, who has been refused to grant licence under rule 5 or renew licence under rule 7 or whose licence has been revoked under rule 10, may within a period of thirty days from the date of the receipt of information of such refusal or revocation, as the case may be, may apply to the Principal Chief Conservator. (2) On receipt of the appeal filed under sub-rule (1), the Principal Chief Conservator shall decide the same after giving the person concerned an opportunity of being heard. (3) The decision of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests on such appeal shall be final. 12. Penalty. - (Sections 42 and 51) - Whoever contravenes any of the provisions of these rules, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to six months or with fine, which may extend to five hundred rupees of with both. 13. Saving. - (Section 41) - Nothing contained in these rules shall apply to the ordinary operations of domestic carpentry, furniture making units, wooden toy and handicraft making units, charcoal making units and firewood depots, which do not use or have the facility for sawing, converting, cutting and processing round timber.
(See rule 4)
The Divisional Forest Officer
(ii) Quantity of timber to be used (tonnes) : ______________________________
(iii) Source of timer : ______________________________________________11. No objection certificate of the District Magistrate : (Number and date) ______ __________________________________________________________ 12. Others details, if any _____________________________________________ Place : Date : _____________
(Signature of the Applicant)
(See rule 5)
(a) the site of the saw mill including the depot/yard for storage of round timber, sawn timber and waste wood is properly fenced/boundary wall erected with proper gates;
(b) all the round timber, sawn timber and wood waste is properly stacked according to the instructions that may be issued from time to time by the Divisional Forest Officer.Dated : ________________
Signature of the Divisional
(See rule 8)
Record of Receipt and Disposal of Timber(i) Record of receipt of timber :
(a) Date of receipt.
(b) The place from which received.
(c) Name and full address of the person from whom received
(d) Species of timber.
(e) Number of logs or pieces, size and volume (in cu.m.) or weight (in tonnes).
(f) Remarks.(ii) Record of disposal of timber/manufactures goods :
(a) Date of sale
(b) Date of removal timber/manufactures goods from depot.
(c) Name and full address of person to whom sold or handed over.
(d) Species of timber.
(f) Number/size and volume (in cu.m.) or weight (in tonnes), as the case may be.