The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has released Rs.3,110 crore for Telangana under the CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority), which is the highest so far since the formation of the State.

The State’s Minister for Environment and Forests A. Indrakaran Reddy said this on the sidelines of the Forest Ministers’ conference conducted by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on Thursday.

Expressing happiness at the largesse, Mr. Reddy attributed it to the effective use of funds released

earlier for compensatory afforestation.
Speaking of the flagship programme Haritha Haaram, he said so far 113.58 crore saplings had been planted under the programme in four phases. For a target of 83 crore saplings under the fifth phase, so far 30 crore had been planted.

Amendments to the Panchayatraj Act would ensure better survival of these saplings, Mr. Reddy noted.

The meeting also discussed protection of forests, forest conservation in the river basins, CAMPA fund allotment and use, he said.

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