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Green Forest With CAMPA

With several State Governments diverting CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority) Funds for other purposes, Union Government has come down heavily on the State Authorities and advised not to do the same.

While Government of India has released Rs.47, 436 Crore to the State Governments, several State Authorities has diverted CAMPA Funds to improve ways and means position of the State Government.

Odisha Government has received Rs.5933.98 Crore by 2019 and the entire amount is needed to be utilized for the sole purpose of improving losses caused due to non forest activities in forest land.

In fact Odisha is the highest recipient of CAMPA Funds in the entire country and will continue to receive more funds if Annual Action Plan is presented in time.

Odisha is continuously getting Lion’s Share from CAMPA and utilization is monitored by by the National authority in the Ministry of Environment and Forest & Climate Change.

While CAMPA Funds are received Annually up to Rs.3000- 5000 Crore, Rs.1500-3000 Crore are released to the State Governments during last five years.

For 2019-20, Odisha Government presented its annual Action Plan of Operations for Rs.592.52 Crore, which has been approved and for all the States Annual Action Plan Funding was to the tune of Rs.5224.86 Crore.

Those State Governments, which are projecting more programs are sanctioned more funds from CAMPA.

Chhattisgarh has been approved Rs.848.51 Crore for 2019-20 from CAMPA.

National Authority has pointed out that these funds are to be considered as additional to the regular budget of the Department of Forest and Environment of the State.

This is contrary to the provisions of Compensatory Afforestation Act, 2016, Pointed out a senior Officer, adding all funds received under CAMPA shall be utilized for the purpose improving of losses caused due to non forestry use of forest land.

Compensatory Levies are collected for both Site and Non-Site Specific activities .

While site specific activities are compensatory afforestation, penal compensatory afforestation, catchment area treatment plan, specific wildlife management plan safety zone plantations, plantation of medicinal plants etc.

Non Site Specific Levies include restoration of loss of ecological services, which include Net Present Value (NPV) and accrued interest on deposits.

As 90 Percent of State Share is to transferred to the State, accordingly the National authority is releasing funds and accordingly the State Government will have to spend the money meant for the purpose, said sources.
 


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