State Governments to work accordingly to get additional incentives by increasing their green cover

State Governments to work accordingly to get additional incentives by increasing their green cover

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE

RAJYA SABHA 
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 846 
TO BE ANSWERED ON 19.09.2020

Green cover in States

Green cover in States
846. SHRI JYOTIRADITYA M. SCINDIA

Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government has asked State Governments to work accordingly to get additional incentives by increasing their green cover;

(b) if so, the details of guidelines and instructions issued to increase the green cover in States;

(c) whether Government has received reports that few States have diverted money from compensatory afforestation funds for other purposes; and

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(d) if so, the details thereof and steps taken to check such diversion?

ANSWER 
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, 
FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE

(SHRI BABUL SUPRIYO)

(a) & (b) Yes, Sir. The Ministry has advised States on 7th August, 2020 for adopting new strategy to enhance dense forest cover in States which will enable them to receive larger share of resource transfer as per recommendation of the interim report of 15th Finance Commission. In addition, Ministry has advised all States and UT Governments to step up tree planting drive to achieve plantation of 145.05 crore seedlings during 2020-21, which will help to increase green cover by 2.23 m ha.

Further, Ministry has announced implementation of Nagar Van Scheme for creation of urban forests in cities with a view to increase urban green cover and also to improve the environment.

Besides, the funds are released under Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) to States/UTs for carrying out afforestation activities, which increase green cover. Government of India has disbursed an amount of Rs.47, 872.31 crore from National Fund to 30 State/ UTs as share of respective states as per Compensatory Fund Act, 2016.

The Ministry has also advised all States/UTs to put in place a sound mechanism for coordination and monitoring of tree plantation programme to achieve the stated goals.

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 (c) & (d) No such report of diversion of money from compensatory afforestation funds for other purposes has been received from any of the States. However, the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016 provides adequate safeguards to ensure effective and proper utilization of funds. The Section 27 of the Act provides for maintenance of accounts and other relevant records by the State Authority which shall be audited by CAG. In addition, Section 16 of the Act provides for concurrent and third party monitoring and evaluation of works implemented in the States/UTs, from the funds released by National and State Authorities to ensure transparency and accountability and to ascertain proper use of funds.

Further, States have also been advised to use compensatory afforestation funds as an additional resource for plantation and forest management activities and it should not be treated as substitute to the State budget.

Source : Rajya Sabha 

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