Government announced Rs 6,000 crore for Creating employment using CAMPA funds
- Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that plans worth Rs 6,000 crore would be approved shortly under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).
- The CAMPA funds would help generate employment for tribals and adivasis in the areas of afforestation and regeneration activities in urban, semi-urban and rural areas.
- “We have received proposals worth Rs 6,000 crore worth proposals from the state speak about employment generation for the tribals and adivasis.This will immediately create a lot of jobs considering monsoons is fast approaching.
- The funds will be used by the state governments for activities like afforestation and plantation works. It will also include activities like forest management, wildlife protection, forest and wildlife related infrastructure as well as soil and conservation work.
- CAMPA Act or Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act is an Indian legislation that seeks to provide an appropriate institutional mechanism, both at the Centre and in each State and Union Territory, to ensure expeditious utilization in efficient and transparent manner of amounts released in lieu of forest land diverted for non-forest purpose which would mitigate impact of diversion of such forest land.
- The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act 2015 was introduced by the government in Lok Sabha on May 8, 2015 to regulate collected funds.
- It was passed by Rajya Sabha on 28 July 2016.
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