The Narendra Modi government released Rs 47,436 crore to various states in a major boost towards promoting afforestation and achieving green aims in the country.
The money, released under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA), was handed over by Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar at a meeting of State Forest Ministers and Authorities here.
Minister of State Babul Supriyo was also present. Javadekar told the meeting that the state budget for forests shall remain unaffected and the fund being transferred would be in addition to the state budget.
“It is expected that all states will use this fund towards forestry activities to meet the aims of the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) of increasing the forest and tree cover, which will create an extra carbon sink equal to 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide by the year 2030,” he said.
Javadekar emphasised that the CAMPA funds cannot be used for payment of salary, travel allowances and medical expenses, among others, an official release said.
The minister said the money will be utilised for compensatory afforestation, catchment area treatment, wildlife management, assisted natural regeneration and forest fire prevention and control operations.