29 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: Centre released Rs 47,436 crores on Thursday for afforestation activities in various States to achieve green objectives of the country. Of this, the largest chunk has been sanctioned for Odisha i.e Rs 5933.98 crore.
Funds allocated to some other States are- Chhattisgarh (Rs 5791.70 cr), Madhya Pradesh (Rs 5196.69 cr) , Jharkhand (Rs 4158.02 cr) and Maharashtra (Rs 3844.24 cr)
Union Minister for Environment Prakash Javadekar, today handed over Rs.47,436 crores of CAMPA funds to various states, in presence of Minister of State, MoEF&CC, Babul Supriyo.
He said, “The State budget for forests shall remain unaffected and the fund being transferred would be in addition to State Budget. It is expected that all States will utilize this fund towards forestry activities to achieve the objectives of the Nationally-Determined Contributions (NDCs) of increasing forest & tree cover, which will create an additional carbon sink equivalent to 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide by the year 2030”.
The Environment Minister further emphasized that the CAMPA funds cannot be used for payment of salary, travelling allowances, medical expenses, etc.
The fund can be utilised for the Compensatory Afforestation, Catchment Area Treatment, Wildlife Management, Assisted Natural Regeneration, Forest Fire Prevention, Soil and Moisture Conservation Works in the forest, Improvement of Wildlife Habitat and Management of Biological Diversity and Biological Resources etc, added the Minister.
In 2006, CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority Act) was established for the management of afforestation. In 2009, Supreme Court permitted release of Rs.1000 crore every year to States/UTs for environment-related activities.