DW BUREAU / Chandigarh
Haryana government on Tuesday decided to request the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, to remove the existing cap of 10 per cent on the drawl of funds from CAMPA and allow expenditure on plantation of trees and forest management activities, as per the requirement of the state government.
These decisions were taken in the meeting of governing body of Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here. Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu and Forest and Wildlife Minister Rao Narbir were also present in the meeting. It was also decided in the meeting that since the forest and tree cover area in Haryana is required to be increased from the existing 6.65 per cent to 20 per cent , as mandated for plain areas in the National Forest Policy, central government may be requested for allowing the state to purchase land for raising forest from funds available under CAMPA.
The Chief Minister was apprised that there is a delay in identification and removal of dead, dry, fallen trees and trees which are dangerous for life and property. On this, he directed that the Zila Parishads and the Municipal Committees, in their respective areas, would be authorized to identify such trees from forest areas and the Forest Department will ensure its early removal.