GUWAHATI: The government of India on Monday pressed the state governments and union territories to utilise 80 per cent of the fund to be released to the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) exclusively for afforestation.
Addressing the virtual meeting of all the forest ministers of states and union territories on Monday, Union Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said, “The states should use CAMPA funds exclusively for afforestation and plantation.”
Emphasizing that CAMPA funds are not to be used for payment of salary, travelling allowance, medical expenses etc., the Minister said, “80 per cent of the CAMPA fund must be utilised exclusively for afforestation. Only 20 per cent can be utilised for infrastructure, other facilities and related works.”
Javadekar asserted that CAMPA fund cannot be wasted on infrastructure and other needs. “Recurring needs are to be taken by the state governments and administrators of the union territories. What we need to do is concentrate on the afforestation programme,” he added.
CAMPA is an Act to provide for the establishment of funds under the public accounts of India and the public accounts of each State and crediting thereto the monies received from the user agencies towards compensatory afforestation, additional compensatory afforestation, penal compensatory afforestation, net present value and all other amounts recovered from such agencies under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.
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