Bhubaneswar:29/8/19: The Centre on Thursday released Rs 5933.98 crore Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) fund to Odisha for afforestation.
A total of Rs.47,436 crores have been allocated to 27 states by Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar for promoting afforestation and achieving green objectives.
Odisha received the highest allocation followed by Chhattisgarh (Rs 5791.70 crore), Madhya Pradesh (Rs 5196.69 crore), Jharkhand (Rs 4158.02 crore), Maharashtra (Rs 3844.24 crore) and Telangana ( Rs 3110.38 crore).
The Environment Minister wasa emphasized that the CAMPA funds cannot be used for payment of salary, travelling allowances and medical expenses.
Underlining the efforts of the Government towards preserving and improving the forest wealth and ecological security of the country, Javadekar said “Important activities on which the fund will be utilised will be for the Compensatory Afforestation, Catchment Area Treatment, Wildlife Management, Assisted Natural Regeneration, Forest Fire Prevention and Control Operations, Soil and Moisture Conservation Works in the forest, Improvement of Wildlife Habitat, Management of Biological Diversity and Biological Resources, Research in Forestry and Monitoring of CAMPA works etc”.